Art Van Furniture, a Midwestern furniture and mattress retailer, announced that Ronald Boire, a retail industry veteran with extensive leadership experience, will be joining the company as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective April 30, 2018. Mr. Boire will be succeeding Kim Yost, who recently announced his retirement after 9 years with the company.
With over 35 years of experience in the retail industry, Boire has served major retail names including Barnes & Noble, Inc., Sony Electronics, Inc., Best Buy, Toys R Us, Inc., Brookstone, Inc. and Sears Canada, Inc in senior executive positions and President and CEO roles. Prior to joining Art Van, he most recently served as a Principal at The Upland Group, an advisory firm specializing in the development, leadership and execution of transformational strategies for retail and consumer product companies.
“Ron is a tremendous addition to the Art Van family,” said Kim Yost. “He is a charismatic and dynamic leader, who has an innate passion for the customer and shares our love for product and for sales. He also brings ‘war stories’ from many other sectors of retail, which will be invaluable as Art Van continues to transform the business into the leading all-home omni-channel retailer in the United States. I have the utmost confidence in Ron’s ability to lead the Art Van, Levin and Wolf brands through the next chapter of growth and success.”
“I am very excited about the opportunity to join Art Van,” said Boire. “The furniture and mattress industry is going through a time of significant change and the Art Van portfolio of brands are uniquely positioned to capitalize on the opportunities present in this evolving landscape. I am incredibly impressed by the deep customer loyalty that has come from the decades of history in each brand’s local communities. I look forward to partnering with our highly talented team of associates and partners to build on that strong foundation, as we strive to deliver an industry-leading guest experience.”
“We thank Kim for the leadership and guidance he has provided to the Company through this year of transition, and wish him well in his retirement,” said Jeff Swenson, Managing Director of Thomas H. Lee Partners. “Looking ahead, we are thrilled with Ron’s decision to join Art Van. His deep expertise in retail management and extensive experience leading transformational and omni-channel strategies focused on delivering best-in-class customer experiences – both online and in stores – will be incredibly valuable as we build on a long and storied history of growth for the Art Van, Levin, and Wolf brands.”
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About Art Van Furniture, LLC: Art Van Furniture, LLC is the Midwest's No. 1 furniture and mattress retailer with 185 stores in nine states operating under the following brands: Art Van Furniture, Art Van PureSleep, Art Van Flooring, Scott Shuptrine Interiors, Levin Furniture, Wolf Furniture and Gardiner Wolf Furniture. Founded in 1959, the Company is headquartered in Warren, Mich.