On March 14, home improvement retailer The Home Depot announced that William “Billy” Bastek will be its new Executive Vice President of Merchandising.
Bastek, a 33-year employee at The Home Depot, recently served as Senior Vice President of Hardlines, where he was responsible for merchandising and marketing strategies for the hardware and garden departments. Before that, Bastek was Merchandising Vice President of hardware and tools, where he oversaw the power tools and automotive departments in stores and online, the company said.
“Billy is an experienced merchant, leader and mentor who is known for his innovative approach to merchandising, transforming The Home Depot’s product assortment and bringing incredible value to our customers,” said Ted Decker, Chair, President and CEO of The Home Depot. “We’re fortunate to have a talented bench of senior leaders like Billy, as well as future leaders across the company, and I look forward to working with him in his new and expanded role.”
Bastek replaces Jeff Kinnaird, who has decided to leave The Home Depot, the company said.
“Jeff has made significant contributions to The Home Depot since starting in the lumber aisle nearly 27 years ago and progressing through every role in our stores,” said Decker. “His leadership of our Canadian division and more recently of our merchandising, marketing and online businesses is greatly appreciated. Jeff has been a champion of our culture and values, and I would like to thank him for his hard work and numerous contributions across his career. I wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Bastek started his career in 1989 at HD Supply. He has held various roles of increasing responsibility, including global product merchant, senior merchant, divisional merchandise manager and Merchandising Vice President for building materials.