Discount retailer Tuesday Morning promoted Melissa Phillips, who previously served as EVP and General Merchandise Manager, to the newly created position of President and COO effective April 30, 2015, reporting directly to CEO Michael Rouleau. Phillips’ responsibilities will include merchandising, store operations and marketing.
“Since joining Tuesday Morning last year, Melissa has reinvigorated the company’s merchandising strategy by re-establishing first-rate vendor relationships and building a focused and aggressive buying team,” said Rouleau. “Melissa’s proven leadership, commitment and industry expertise make her an ideal choice to lead our operations and serve as President for Tuesday Morning as we focus on our rebuilding efforts and beyond.”
Phillips has more than 15 years of buying and retail experience, most recently serving as General Manager for the Home Decorators Collection (HDC) at The Home Depot from 2009 to 2014. In this role, Phillips had responsibility for overall operations of the HDC business including merchandising, marketing, finance, planning, stores and the web site. Phillips also led the integration of the HDC business after its acquisition by Home Depot, which included developing a business model for a new HDC retail format and opening the first new concept store.
Prior to her experience at HDC, Phillips served as SVP for Smith & Hawken, where she managed the merchandising and planning teams responsible for the store and web site merchandising strategy. Additionally, she also was responsible for the management of the licensed brand that included the design, product mix and brand standards for the Smith & Hawken brand in 1,500 Target stores.
Phillips began her career at Wal-Mart Stores in 1998, serving as a senior buyer in home textiles, and later, as the Divisional Merchandise Manager for Outdoor Living.