Interim Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Cosby was named Interim Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors in February 2019. Prior to joining The Michaels Companies, Mr. Cosby served as President, North America for Office Depot from July 2014 until December 2016. From September 2011 to November 2013, Mr. Cosby served as President, Retail at CVS Caremark Corporation, where he was responsible for all aspects of the $65 billion retail business, including 7,600 retail stores, 19 distribution centers, retail merchandising, supply chain, marketing, real estate and store pharmacy operations. Prior to CVS, Mr. Cosby spent five years at Macy's, Inc., where he served in a number of executive roles, including President, Stores from April 2009 to August 2011. Prior to Macy's, Inc., Mr. Cosby served as President, Full-line Stores at Sears, Roebuck & Company and chief operating officer and chief development officer at YUM! Brands, Inc. Mr. Cosby serves on the Board of Directors of 2nd Swing, a specialty retailer and online seller of new and used golf equipment and accessories, and is active in the community, supporting the Massachusetts General Hospital, The Joe Andruzzi Foundation and Wounded Warrior Project.
Denise A. Paulonis
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Paulonis was named Executive Vice President - Chief Financial Officer in August 2016. Prior to becoming Chief Financial Officer, Ms. Paulonis served as Senior Vice President - Finance of the Company from November 2015 to August 2016 and Vice President - Investor Relations, Treasury and Corporate Finance from September 2014 to November 2015. Prior to joining the Company, she served in various capacities at PepsiCo, Inc. since 2009, including Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis, Frito Lay from August 2013 to September 2014 and Vice President, Finance & Strategy, PepsiCo U.S. Sales from January 2011 to July 2013. Since May 2018, she has served as a member of the board of directors of Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc., an international specialty retailer and distributor of professional beauty supplies.
Stephen J. Carlotti
Executive Vice President - Marketing
Mr. Carlotti was named Executive Vice President - Marketing of the Company in June 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.
J. Robert Koch
Executive Vice President - Stores and Development
Mr. Koch was named Executive Vice President - Stores and Development in May 2018. Prior to joining Michaels, Mr. Koch served as Executive Vice President of Business Development at Office Depot, Inc. from August 2017 to May 2018, after having served as Senior Vice President of Real Estate at Office Depot since December 2013. In his 20 years with Office Depot, he has held various key leadership positions in both Finance and Operations, including Senior Vice President, Merchandising; Senior Vice President, Real Estate, Construction and Strategy; Vice President, North American Finance; and Vice President of Financial Planning and Corporate Development. Prior to joining Office Depot in 1994, Mr. Koch held various positions in the corporate finance division of Blockbuster Entertainment.
Philo T. Pappas
Interim President - Merchandising and Supply Chain
Mr. Pappas was named Interim President - Merchandising and Supply Chain in February 2019. Mr. Pappas joined The Michaels Companies in 2009 as Executive Vice President - Merchandising and was named President - Michaels Stores Procurement in August 2017. 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. 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.
Michael J. Veitenheimer
Executive Vice President - General Counsel and Secretary
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. Prior to joining The Bombay Company, Mr. Veitenheimer was in private practice of law in Fort Worth, Texas.