Management Team

Ashley Buchanan

Chief Executive Officer

Ashley Buchanan

Ashley Buchanan

Chief Executive Officer

Ashley is the Chief Executive Officer of The Michaels Companies.

Ashley joined Michaels in early 2020 after a distinctive and successful career at Walmart. He served in various roles of increased leadership and responsibility across the company. His final role at that company was Chief Merchandising and Chief Operating Officer for Walmart U.S. eCommerce.

Prior to joining the U.S. eCommerce team, he was the Chief Merchant at Sam’s Club where he led a merchandising team and oversaw activities including assortment, private brand strategy, pricing, global sourcing, packaging, replenishment and supply chain. He also previously served in a broad set of senior merchandising roles at Walmart. Earlier in his career, he spent time at Dell where he held a variety of positions in finance, after spending five years at Accenture focused on the retail industry.

Ashley earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance and real estate as well as a Master of Business Administration from Baylor University.

Richard Armour

Senior Vice President - eCommerce

Richard Armour

Richard Armour

Senior Vice President - eCommerce

Richard is responsible for leading the execution of strategic initiatives across all aspects of the eCommerce business, including revenue accountability, content strategy, search engine optimization, web analytics & more.

Most recently, Richard was Vice President - Omnichannel for GameStop. Prior to that, he held various Ecommerce leadership roles at Travelocity.com.

Richard holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas and an MBA in Marketing from Indiana University.

Heather Bennett

Executive Vice President – Head of Innovation

Heather Bennett

Heather Bennett

Executive Vice President – Head of Innovation

Heather is responsible for developing innovative strategies to connect with our customers, implementing strategic growth opportunities for Michaels and growing the Michaels B2B business.

Heather comes to us from Bugaboo, where she served as President. Prior to this, she served as the Principal at HB Consulting, the SVP of Business Planning at Hudson’s Bay Company and VP of Strategy at Toys“R”Us.

Heather holds an MBA in Finance from University of Utah.  She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Utah State University.

Tim Cheatham

Executive Vice President - General Counsel & Secretary

Tim Cheatham

Tim Cheatham

Executive Vice President - General Counsel & Secretary

Tim is responsible for mitigating risk to Michaels by managing SEC compliance, board of director governance, litigation, and general liability. As Michaels Chief Compliance Officer, he is also responsible for ensuring the seamless execution of the company’s Compliance program and policies.

Before joining Michaels, Tim was Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Walmart U.S. Prior to this role he has held the positions of Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Walmart International and Vice President and General Counsel over IT, Intellectual Property and Walmart.com at Walmart.

Tim holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Hendrix College and a JD from the University of Arkansas.

Laura Denk

Chief Merchant

Laura Denk

Laura Denk

Chief Merchant

Laura has served in several Merchandising leadership roles. In her current role as Chief Merchant, she has responsibility for Merchandising, Product Development, Trend, Merchandising Finance and Pricing.

Laura has years of merchandising and product development leadership experience. Before she joined Michaels, Laura was Senior Vice President of Merchandising / General Merchandising Manager at Claire’s Accessories.  Prior to that, she was Divisional Merchandise Manager at Macy’s Midwest and at Famous Barr.

Laura holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Indiana University – Kelley School of Business.

Mike Diamond

Chief Financial Officer

Mike Diamond

Mike Diamond

Chief Financial Officer

Mike is responsible for FP&A (Financial Planning & Analysis), Investor Relations, Treasury, Store Planning and Analysis, as well as Business Planning and Analysis.

Mike comes to us from Pizza Hut where he served as Chief Financial Officer and oversaw the company’s Business Analysis, Strategy and Financial Planning for stores in the U.S. Mike also held other positions at Pizza Hut, including Chief Financial Officer for Pizza Hut Europe, Chief Growth Officer for Pizza Hut Europe and the United Kingdom and Director of Strategy for Pizza Hut International. Prior to Pizza Hut, Mike worked as a consultant and project leader for the Boston Consulting Group and as an analyst for Merrill Lynch & Co and Svoboda Capital Partners.

Mike earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in Finance from The University of Notre Dame.

Brynn Evanson

Executive Vice President - Chief Human Resources Officer

Brynn Evanson

Brynn Evanson

Executive Vice President - Chief Human Resources Officer

Brynn helps drive the implementation of the company's mission and talent strategies through hiring, retaining, developing and engaging the teams, promoting an inclusive workplace, providing competitive compensation and benefits, and helping shape the company culture.

Prior to Michaels, Brynn spent a dozen years at JCPenney, most recently as the EVP-CHRO and in various HR leadership positions before that. Evanson also spent eighteen years at Target Corporation first at Marshall Field's, where she worked in stores, finance, merchandising and human resources and then in the Target division in several HR leadership roles.

Evanson holds bachelor's degrees in marketing and in finance from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.

J. Rob Koch

Executive Vice President - Real Estate & Artistree

J. Rob Koch

J. Rob Koch

Executive Vice President - Real Estate & Artistree

Rob is responsible for leading strategic initiatives that grow our custom framing businesses and for effectively managing our real estate investments.

Before joining Michaels, he spent many years with Office Depot, holding a number of senior leadership roles during his tenure. He departed Office Depot as Executive Vice President of Business Development, after holding senior leadership roles in Real Estate, Merchandising, Store Operations and Finance.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Economics from King’s College.

Ron Stoupa

Senior Vice President - Chief Marketing Officer

Ron Stoupa

Ron Stoupa

Senior Vice President - Chief Marketing Officer

Ron is responsible for transforming the marketing function through customer-centric strategies including advertising, social media, direct marketing, segmentation, category content and CRM principles.

Most recently, Ron was the Chief Customer Officer for Independent Pet Partners. Prior to that, he held various marketing leadership roles for companies such as ConAgra Foods, Bass Pro Shops, The Pep Boys, Inc., Sports Authority and Gander Mountain.

Ron holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He also earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Joe Venezia

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer – Stores

Joe Venezia

Joe Venezia

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer – Stores

Joe is responsible for providing overall leadership and direction for Michaels Stores in the U.S. and Canada as well as the Loss Prevention teams.

Joe came to Michaels from Bridgestone Retail Operations, where he served as President and was responsible for sales and profit objectives for over 2,200 automotive care retail stores. Prior to that, Joe held multiple retail leadership positions including EVP of Global Stores Operations for Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us, President of TitleMax, and Division President, SVP of Walmart’s Northeast Division.

Joe holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Hsiao Wang

Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer

Hsiao Wang

Hsiao Wang

Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer

As the company’s top technology leader, Hsiao has complete ownership and accountability for Michaels Engineering and Product Development and ensuring our technology initiatives align with our overall company strategy. He also oversees the development and implementation of new technology innovations that will better serve business partners and customers.

Before joining Michaels, Hsiao held the position of Chief Technology Officer at SMHQ Technologies, Ltd. Prior to that, he held various technology leadership positions, including SVP – Chief Technology Officer at Sam’s Club and Vice President Analytics and Decision Platforms at Walmart.

Hsiao holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in Cambridge, MA.

Mike West

Chief Supply Chain Officer

Mike West

Mike West

Chief Supply Chain Officer

Mike leads all aspects of our supply chain team and oversees the movement of product through our transportation, distribution and eCommerce fulfillment systems.

Before joining Michaels, Mike was SVP – Supply Chain Field Operations at Lowe’s. Prior to this position, he held various Supply Chain leadership positions including SVP – Supply Chain at Neiman Marcus, SVP – Global Logistics and Distribution at Ann, Inc. and VP – Global Logistics at Target. He gained valuable store operations leadership experience at Neiman Marcus and Target.

Mike is a veteran of the United States Navy, having served in both the enlisted and officer ranks of that service. He holds a master’s degree from Texas A&M University – Commerce and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Texas Tech.

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