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BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc. has appointed Lee Delaney EVP, chief growth officer, effective May 9. In his new role, Delaney will oversee the retailer’s merchandising and supply chain organization, reporting directly to BJ’s President and CEO Chris Baldwin.
“Lee’s strategic capability, extensive experience and high credibility in the industry make him a perfect fit for our team,” said Baldwin. “With a talented merchant organization already in place, adding Lee to our team will ensure that we will not only maintain but accelerate our progress.”
Before BJ’s, Delaney was a partner in the Boston office of private equity consultant Bain & Co., and a leader in its consumer products practice. During his time at Bain, he advised clients on corporate strategy, created new market entry plans, supported client acquisitions, and provided guidance on large cost-reduction programs. Prior to joining Bain in 1996, Delaney worked for Electronic Data Systems and Deloitte Consulting.
“BJ’s holds a unique position in the wholesale club retail channel,” noted Delaney, adding that he would aim to “unlock the tremendous value I see in this segment of the market.”
Wholly owned by affiliates of Leonard Green & Partners, CVC Capital Partners and its management team, Westborough, Mass.-based BJ’s is operates 213 membership warehouse clubs and 128 BJ’s Gas locations 15 states.