Board of Directors
Thomas A. Kingsbury is our Executive Chairman of the Board, a role he assumed in September 2019. Mr. Kingsbury served as our Chief Executive Officer, and on our Board of Directors, between December 2008 and 2019. Mr. Kingsbury was appointed Chairman of the Board in May 2014. Prior to joining us, Mr. Kingsbury was Senior Executive Vice President—Information Services, E-Commerce, Marketing and Business Development of Kohl’s Corporation from August 2006 to December 2008. Prior to joining Kohl’s, Mr. Kingsbury held various management positions with The May Department Stores Company, an operator of department store chains, commencing in 1976 and as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Filene’s division commencing in February 2000. Mr. Kingsbury currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Tractor Supply Company. Mr. Kingsbury’s day-to-day leadership and experience as our President and Chief Executive Officer gives him unique insights into our challenges, opportunities and operations.
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 multiaffiliate 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.
Jordan Hitch joined our Board of Directors in April 2006 and currently serves on our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Hitch was formerly a Managing Director at Bain Capital and left the firm after 18 years in 2015. Mr. Hitch served as a Senior Advisor to Bain Capital, a private investment firm, 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 financial expertise, including significant experience with capital markets transactions and investments in both public and private companies .
John Mahoney joined our Board of Directors in December 2013 and currently serves as our Lead Independent Director. Mr. Mahoney is also the Chair of our Compensation Committee. Mr. Mahoney is 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 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.
Michael O’Sullivan joined Burlington as its Chief Executive Officer in September 2019. Mr. O’Sullivan came to Burlington from Ross Stores where he worked for 16 years, rising to become their President and Chief Operating Officer. 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. Prior to working at Ross Stores, Mr. O’Sullivan was a Partner at Bain & Company from 1991 – 2003. At Bain, Mr. O’Sullivan worked with companies in the retail industry on business strategy and performance improvement
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.
Mary Ann Tocio joined our Board of Directors in December 2015 and currently is Chair of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and a member of our Compensation Committee. She retired from Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc., an employer sponsored child care provider, in July 2015 after 23years 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 Civitas Solutions, 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. Ms. Tocio has significant leadership and operational experience, including expertise managing growing organizations, as well as substantial public company board experience.