Board of Directors
Ted English joined our Board of Directors in November 2016 and currently serves on our Audit Committee and Compensation Committee. Mr. English has been the Executive Chairman of the board of directors of Bob’s Discount Furniture since March 2016 and was its Chief Executive Officer from 2006 until his appointment as Executive Chairman. Prior to joining Bob’s Discount Furniture, Mr. English was TJX’s Chief Executive Officer from 2000 (and President from 1999) to 2005. Mr. English was Chairman of The Marmaxx Group between 2000 and 2004, and held various other executive and merchandising positions with TJX from 1983 to 1999. In addition to Burlington Stores, Inc. and Bob’s Discount Furniture, Mr. English serves on the board of directors of Rue La La, an e-commerce destination connecting world-class brands with next generation shoppers. He previously was a director of BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc. Mr. English also serves on the Board of Trustees of various funds within the multi-affiliate structure of Natixis Global Asset Management, a global asset management firm. Mr. English’s long career in retail, including off-price retail, has given him broad experience in large retail chain management. Mr. English also has significant leadership experience, including service as the chief executive of both a premier discount home furnishings company and a leading off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions.
Mr. Hitch joined our Board of Directors in April 2006 and currently serves as the Chair of our Compensation Committee and as a member of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Hitch was formerly a Managing Director at Bain Capital, a private investment firm, and left the firm after 18 years in 2015. Mr. Hitch served as a Senior Advisor to Bain Capital following his departure from the firm through the end of 2017. He is currently an active personal investor across a wide range of early stage companies. Mr. Hitch is also a member of the board of directors of Bright Horizons Family Solutions. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Mr. Hitch was a consultant at Bain & Company where he worked in the financial services, healthcare and utility industries. Mr. Hitch has substantial experience investing in retail companies and possesses valuable strategic and financial expertise, including significant experience with capital markets transactions and investments in both public and private companies.
Mr. Mahoney joined our Board of Directors in December 2013 and currently serves as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Mahoney is also a member of the board of directors of Bloomin’ Brands, Inc., Chico’s FAS and The Michaels Companies, Inc. Previously, Mr. Mahoney served on the Boards of Directors of Advo, Inc. from 2001 to 2007, Tweeter Home Entertainment Group, Inc. from 2004 to 2007 and Zipcar, Inc. from 2010 to 2012. Mr. Mahoney was Vice Chairman of Staples, Inc. from January 2006 until his retirement in July 2012. While at Staples, Mr. Mahoney was Chief Financial Officer from September 1996 to January 2012, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer from October 1997 to January 2006 and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from September 1996 to October 1997. Before joining Staples, Mr. Mahoney was a partner with the accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP where he worked for 20 years, including service in the firm’s National Office Accounting and Auditing group. Mr. Mahoney is a certified public accountant. Mr. Mahoney has extensive experience serving on public company boards of directors and significant executive experience in the retail industry. Mr. Mahoney also possesses valuable financial expertise, including substantial experience in corporate finance and accounting, and extensive experience providing audit and financial reporting services to numerous organizations.
Mr. McNamara joined our Board of Directors in September 2014 and currently serves on our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. McNamara has over 30 years of retail experience with two prominent department stores, Macy’s/ Federated and The May Department Stores Company. Mr. McNamara began his career at Filene’s, a division of May Department Stores, rising through the ranks of the merchandising organization. In 1998, Mr. McNamara was promoted to President of the May Merchandising Company to lead all brand merchandising and product development. In 2000, he was promoted to Vice Chairman of May Department Stores Company where he had direct responsibility for all of its department store divisions. In 2005, upon completion of the merger between Federated and May, he became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the company’s Midwest division. In 2008, Mr. McNamara became President of Macy’s Reinvent Strategies and served in that capacity until his retirement in 2009. Mr. McNamara’s long career in retail has given him broad experience in large retail chain management, including merchandising and product development.
Mr. O’Sullivan joined Burlington as our Chief Executive Officer in September 2019. Mr. O’Sullivan came to Burlington from Ross Stores, an off-price retailer, where he worked for 16 years, rising to become their President and Chief Operating Officer in 2009. While at Ross, Mr. O’Sullivan played a leading role in managing major functional areas such as Stores, Loss Prevention, Supply Chain, Finance, IT, Human Resources, Merchandise Allocations, Merchant Support, and Marketing. Mr. O’Sullivan also served on Ross’s board of directors from 2014 to April 2019. Prior to working at Ross, Mr. O’Sullivan was a Partner at Bain & Company from 1991 to 2003. At Bain, Mr. O’Sullivan worked with companies in the retail industry on business strategy and performance improvement. Mr. O’Sullivan’s day-to-day leadership and experience as our CEO, as well as his extensive experience in the off-price retail sector, gives him unique insights into our opportunities, challenges and operations.
Jessica Rodriguez joined our Board of Directors in October 2018 and currently serves on our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Ms. Rodriguez has served as Chief Marketing Officer and President of Entertainment of UCI Networks, the leading media company serving Hispanic America, since August 2019. Prior to that, Ms. Rodriguez served as President and Chief Operating Officer of UCI Networks from January 2018 through July 2019. From 2014 through January 2018, Ms. Rodriguez served as Chief Marketing Officer for Univision Communications Inc. (UCI). Ms. Rodriguez oversees the daily operations of UCI's television networks and oversees all marketing for the company and all entertainment development, live events, scheduling and acquisitions for Univision’s portfolio of television and cable networks. Ms. Rodriguez also oversees consumer branding and messaging, corporate marketing, branding initiatives and campaigns, and branding research analytics, among other functions. Prior to these roles at Univision, Ms. Rodriguez served as Executive Vice President of Program Scheduling & Promotions Officer from 2012 through 2014 and as Senior Vice President of Cable Networks, from 2011 through 2012. Ms. Rodriguez served in various other positions with Univision from 2001 through 2011. Ms. Rodriguez has extensive operational and marketing experience, and brings a deep understanding of the needs of consumers.
Ms. Sen joined our Board of Directors in June 2018 and currently serves on our Audit Committee. Ms. Sen is a member of the board of directors of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and the Massachusetts Port Authority. Ms. Sen previously served as a director of BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc., EMC Corporation, rue21, inc., Abington Savings Bank and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Ms. Sen served as the Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc., a membership-only warehouse chain, from January 2016 through April 2018 and was its Chief Executive Officer from February 2009 through January 2016. Ms. Sen served as BJ’s Chief Operating Officer from January 2008 through February 2009. Ms. Sen also served as BJ’s Executive Vice President of Merchandising and Logistics from January 2007 through January 2008, and held the same position from 1997 to March 2003. From March 2003 to December 2006, Ms. Sen was the Principal of Sen Retail Consulting, advising companies in the retail sector in the areas of merchandising and logistics. Ms. Sen played key roles in growing BJ’s from an early stage business to a Fortune 500 company. With nearly 30 years of experience in the retail industry, Ms. Sen brings an exceptional leadership record, deep operating experience and financial expertise to the Board.
Paul J. Sullivan joined our Board of Directors in November 2012 and is the Chair of our Audit Committee. Mr. Sullivan was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP from 1983 until his retirement in July 2009. At PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Mr. Sullivan was a member of the Board of Partners, Chair of the Finance Committee, and a member of the Management Evaluation and Compensation, Admissions and Strategy Committees. Mr. Sullivan is a certified public accountant. Mr. Sullivan possesses valuable financial expertise, including substantial experience in corporate finance and accounting and extensive experience providing audit and financial reporting services to numerous organizations.
Ms. Tocio joined our Board of Directors in December 2015 and currently serves as Chair of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and as a member of our Compensation Committee. She retired from Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc., an employer-sponsored child care provider, in July 2015 after 23 years with that company, most recently as its President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Bright Horizons, Ms. Tocio held several positions with Wellesley Medical Management, Inc. (Health Stop), including Senior Vice President of Operations. Ms. Tocio is a member of the board of directors of Bright Horizons and is a Governing Trustee of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Ms. Tocio was a member of the board of directors of Mac-Gray Corporation from 2006 to 2013 and a member of the board of directors of Civitas Solutions from 2015 to 2019. Ms. Tocio has significant leadership and operational experience, including expertise managing growing organizations, as well as substantial public company board experience.