Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. announced the promotion of Eugene A. Castagna, previously the Company's Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, to the role of Chief Operating Officer. Susan E. Lattmann, formerly the Company's Vice President – Finance, has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer.
Mr. Castagna, 48, has been with the Company since November 1994 and has served as CFO and Treasurer since 2006. Previously, he served as Assistant Treasurer from 2002 to 2006 and as Vice President – Finance from 2000 to 2006.
In addition, Mr. Castagna's duties have included several key operational functions, including primary responsibility for the Company's integration and growth of its baby product business since the Company's acquisition of buybuy BABY in 2007, and helping lead the integration efforts following the Company's 2012 acquisition of Cost Plus World Market.
Ms. Lattmann, 46, has been with the Company since August 1996. She has been Vice President – Finance since 2006, and previously served as Vice President - Controller from 2001 to 2006 and Controller from 2000 to 2001. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Lattmann, a certified public accountant, spent six years with the firm of Arthur Andersen.
Steven Temares, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Company's Board of Directors said, "These promotions further strengthen our deep and experienced management team as we execute our long-term strategic plans. Over the last several years, Gene's role has expanded beyond his financial responsibilities to include several key operational and planning areas, and Sue has made valuable contributions to all aspects of our financial and strategic processes.
This announcement has positioned both Gene and Sue to assume even greater roles in helping lead and organize our Company for continued growth and success."
The Company also announced today the extension of its employment agreements with its Co-Chairmen, Warren Eisenberg and Leonard Feinstein, for a period of three years, to February 25, 2017. The agreements have also been amended to limit the executives' severance rights in the event of a change-in-control, eliminating what is commonly referred to as a "modified single trigger" for those payments and replacing them with a "double trigger."
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. and subsidiaries (the "Company") operates a chain of retail stores under the names of Bed Bath & Beyond, World Market, Cost Plus World Market, Cost Plus, a combination of the names Christmas Tree Shops or andThat!, Harmon, Harmon Face Values and buybuy BABY.
The Company is also a partner in a joint venture which operates retail stores in Mexico under the name Bed Bath & Beyond. Through its retail stores, the Company sells a wide assortment of domestics merchandise and home furnishings. Domestics merchandise includes categories such as bed linens and related items, bath items and kitchen textiles. Home furnishings include categories such as kitchen and tabletop items, fine tabletop, basic housewares, general home furnishings, consumables and certain juvenile products.
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