Martin, Big Lots Merchandising Chief, to Retire

Big Lots logoCOLUMBUS, Ohio-John C. Martin, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer of Big Lots, has announced his plans to retire.

Martin will continue in his current role until his successor is named, and has committed to provide guidance for his successor and the company through May 2014. Big Lots has retained SpencerStuart to conduct a search of external candidates for the post.

Martin joined the retailer in 2003 as executive vice president of merchandising. In 2011, he was named executive vice president of administration in charge of store operations and human resources. In August 2012, he was named to his current post, assuming responsibility for Big Lots’ merchandising, global sourcing and marketing.

Martin said, “In the near term, I am focused on helping the team execute our fall and holiday strategies to make the most of 2013, while also offering my support to my replacement once he or she is identified.”