Mr. Carlotti was named Executive Vice President—Marketing of the Company, with an effective start date of June 17, 2014. Prior to joining Michaels, he served as Chief Executive Officer of The Cambridge Group (a growth strategy consultancy owned by The Nielsen Corporation, a global marketing research firm), beginning in October 2011 and as Executive Vice President, Global Practices and Consulting Services at Nielsen from June 2011 to October 2011. Prior to joining Nielsen, Mr. Carlotti served as Senior Partner at Prophet (a brand strategy consulting firm) from June 2010 to June 2011. Prior to joining Prophet, Mr. Carlotti served in various capacities at McKinsey & Company since 1990, including as Senior Partner from 2005 to June 2010. Mr. Carlotti is a board member of E&J Gallo Winery.
Ms. Farrajota was named Senior Vice President – Merchandising in September 2015. She previously served in a variety of management roles at Michaels, including as Senior Vice President—Merchandising and Trend, and Vice President—Trend and Design. Prior to joining Michaels in August 2013, Ms. Farrajota served as Senior Vice President/General Manager, Home Outfitters of the Hudson’s Bay Company (a diversified international retailer) beginning in August 2011 and as Vice President/DMM, Apparel—Woven’s and Outerwear for Victoria’s Secret—Limited Brands (a retailer of lingerie, womenswear and beauty products) from 2009. Ms. Farrajota additionally served in various capacities at Sears Canada Inc. (a large integrated retailer) from 2001 to 2008.
Mr. Mullahy was named Executive Vice President—Supply Chain and Information Technology in September 2015. He previously served as Senior Vice President—Growth Initiatives since November 2013. Prior to joining Michaels, he served as Senior Vice President—Supply Chain at Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. from July 2011 to September 2013. Prior to joining Ulta, Mr. Mullahy served as Group Vice President—Merchandising and Supply Chain Management at Meijer, Inc. from May 2005 to July 2011. In addition, Mr. Mullahy served in various capacities at Accenture Consulting, including as Partner from June 2000 to May 2005.
Mr. Pappas was named Executive Vice President—Merchandising in February 2009. Prior to joining Michaels, he served as Chief Merchandising Officer at Tweeter Home Entertainment Group, Inc. (a specialty consumer electronics retailer) from April 2003 to October 2008. On June 11, 2007, Tweeter and each of its subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware in Wilmington, Delaware. Prior to joining Tweeter, Mr. Pappas served in various management positions at Staples, Inc. (an office supply store chain) from November 1994 to April 2003, most recently as Senior Vice President of Merchandising.
Ms. Paulonis was named Executive Vice President – Chief Financial Officer in August 2016. She joined Michaels in 2014 as Vice President – Investor Relations, Treasury and Corporate Finance and was named Senior Vice President – Finance in November 2015. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Paulonis held various senior positions with PepsiCo beginning in 2009, including as Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis, Frito Lay from 2013 to 2014, as Vice President, Finance & Strategy, PepsiCo U.S. Sales from 2011 to 2013, and as Vice President, Global Corporate Strategy 2009 to 2010; and with McKinsey & Company from 2000 to 2004 and from 2006 to 2009, including as Associate Principal beginning mid-2007.
Mr. Rubin was named our Chief Executive Officer in March 2013 and Chairman in April 2015. Prior to joining us, Mr. Rubin served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. since September 2010, and served as Chief Operating Officer from April 2010 to September 2010. Prior to joining Ulta, he served as President of the North American Retail division of Office Depot, Inc. beginning in January 2006 and as Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Merchandising Officer of Office Depot from 2004 to January 2006. Prior to joining Office Depot, Mr. Rubin spent six years at Accenture Consulting in senior leadership roles including Partner, where he advised clients and led engagements across retail formats and e-commerce businesses. Prior to that, Mr. Rubin held a number of senior merchandising and general management positions in the specialty retail and department store industry including with Federated Department Stores. Since December 2015, he has served as a member of the board of directors of Ascena Retail Group, Inc., a leading women’s clothing and accessories specialty retailer. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Retail Industry Leaders Association. Mr. Rubin holds a B.A. degree from Brandeis University. As a result of these experiences, along with Mr. Rubin’s service as our current Chief Executive Officer, he is in position to provide invaluable insight and important contributions to our Board.
Mr. Sonsteby was named Vice Chairman in June 2016. Mr. Sonsteby joined Michaels as Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer in October 2010. Prior to joining Michaels, Mr. Sonsteby served in various capacities at Brinker International, Inc. (which owns and operates casual dining restaurants) beginning in March 1990, including as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2001 until 2010, as Senior Vice President of Finance from 1997 to 2001 and as Vice President and Treasurer from 1994 to 1997. Mr. Sonsteby currently serves on the Board of Directors of Darden Restaurants, Inc. He was formerly a director of Zale Corporation.
Mr. Veitenheimer was named Executive Vice President—General Counsel and Secretary in September 2015. He previously served as Senior Vice President—General Counsel and Secretary since January 2008. Prior to joining Michaels, Mr. Veitenheimer served as Senior Vice President of Law and Human Resources of The Bombay Company, Inc. (a specialty retailer focused on home accessories, wall decor and furniture), from June 2007 to December 2007 after having served as a Senior Vice President since February 2006, its Secretary since July 1985 and its General Counsel since November 1983. On September 20, 2007, The Bombay Company, Inc. and its U.S. wholly-owned subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division. Prior to joining The Bombay Company, Mr. Veitenheimer was in private practice of law in Fort Worth, Texas.
Mr. Venberg was named Executive Vice President – Human Resources in September 2015. Prior to joining Michaels, he served as Senior Vice President-Human Resources of Family Dollar Stores, Inc., an American variety store chain, since February 2008. Prior to joining Family Dollar, Mr. Venberg served as Senior Vice President- Operations, Customer Service and Human Resources with the multi-media retailer, ShopNBC from 2004 to 2008. From 1990 to 2004, Mr. Venberg was employed by Target Corporation in various capacities.
Mr. Weibye was promoted to Senior Vice President—Development in January 2015. Prior to his promotion, Mr. Weibye served as Vice President—Development since November 2012. He previously served as our Vice President—Real Estate from June 2010 and Senior Director—Real Estate since joining the Company in April 2008. Prior to joining Michaels, Mr. Weibye served as Senior Manager of Real Estate Development for Kohl’s Corporation from July 2004 to April 2008.