Shuffle Board: Designer Brands Names President, Kirkland’s Taps Amy Sullivan as CEO



Specialty home décor and furniture retailer Kirkland’s has promoted Amy Sullivan to chief executive officer, effective Feb. 4. She succeeds interim CEO Ann Joyce, who will remain on the company’s board of directors.

Sullivan, who has been with the company for more than a decade, was promoted to president and chief operating officer last spring. As a member of the executive team, she has helped lead the organization through significant strategic repositioning initiatives, including refocusing marketing efforts and aligning product assortments to drive customer demand. Prior to Kirkland’s Home, she held senior-level positions for Express, Lands’ End, Kohl’s and JCPenney.

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