Bed Bath & Beyond appoints 4 to leadership team, including Arnal as CFO

By Emily Bader
Union | May 1, 2020 at 10:19 am

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. announced on Thursday four new appointments to its leadership team.

The Union-based retailer said each will report directly to CEO and President Mark Tritton.

This includes Gustavo Arnal named to executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer, effective May 4. Arnal is taking over the role from the company’s current CFO and treasurer Robyn D’Elia, who is departing the company. He will be responsible for overseeing the company’s finances and help create a sustainable business model. He previously was group CFO at Avon. Before that, he held senior roles at Walgreens Boots Alliance and Proctor & Gamble.

“I would like to applaud the dedication of the interim leadership team in overseeing the company’s efforts to support our customers, employees and communities, especially during these challenging times, and to Robyn D’Elia for her decades-long commitment to Bed Bath & Beyond and recent service as our CFO and treasurer,” Tritton said.

Here are the other appointments:

  • Rafeh Masood to EVP, chief digital officer, effective May 11.  He most recently was senior vice president, chief digital officer at BJ’s Wholesale Club, following earlier roles at Dick’s Sporting Goods and Sears Holdings.
  • Gregg Melnick to EVP, chief stores officer, effective May 11. He previously was Bed Bath’s interim chief digital officer. He joined the company in 2018 as chief operations officer, digital.  Previously, Melnick was president of Party City Holdings.
  • Arlene Hong to EVP, chief legal officer and corporate secretary, effective May 18.  Hong previously was the chief legal officer, SVP and corporate secretary for FULLBEAUTY Brands. Prior to that he held senior legal roles at J.Crew and Amazon.

“We remain committed to rebuilding our business and strengthening our ability to serve our loyal customers, while we respond to the challenges presented by COVID-19.  … This is a world-class team that will accelerate and drive our transformation. As our CFO, Gustavo’s industry knowledge and experience leading financial change in some of the world’s largest and best-known retail and consumer products businesses will help drive the next phase of our growth strategy and establish a more efficient foundation to create shareholder value,” Tritton said.

Emily Bader | ebader@roi-nj.com | @emilybader