Bob’s Discount Furniture Tabs COO to Take the Helm

Ted English elevated to executive chairman
March 10, 2016David Gill

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MANCHESTER, Conn.-Bob’s Discount Furniture has promoted Michael Skirvin, its president and COO, to president and CEO.

Skirvin is succeeding Ted English, who has been named executive chairman of the specialty retailer, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in business this year. He joined Bob’s as president and COO in 2011. Prior to that, Skirvin held a variety of executive roles for The TJX Cos., serving as COO of the company’s A.J. Wright division from 2007 to 2010.

“Mike is an exceptional and talented retail executive who has played an indispensable role over the last four years in helping build Bob’s Discount Furniture into a rapidly growing value retailer with a highly differentiated concept that has the potential for national reach,” English said. “He is deeply committed to building upon the strong foundation of honesty, integrity and customer loyalty that we have cultivated throughout our organization over many years.”

English became Bob’s CEO in 2006. He has overseen the retailer’s expansion from 27 stores in seven states to its current count of 69 stores in 12 states across the Northeast, the mid-Atlantic region and the Midwest.

David GillDavid Gill | Senior Editor

David Gill covers home textiles, small electrics housewares, personal-care products, cleaning products, mattresses, consumer electronics and major appliances. He also reports on retailers and writes about the business and financial side of both vendors and retailers. He has more than 30 years of experience in business journalism, and has worked for other publications and websites that cover consumer products from both the manufacturer and retailer sides. His outside interests include sports (he is a big fan of the New York teams and of British soccer), cooking, movies and theater. He occasionally enjoys a good cigar as well.


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