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Tuesday Morning taps home furnishings retail exec as evp, gmm

Dallas – Upscale home goods closeout retailer Tuesday Morning Corporation has named Melissa Phillips the company’s new executive vice president and general merchandise manager, effective immediately.

She reports to Michael Rouleau, ceo.

Phillips brings 15 years of buying and retail experience to Tuesday Morning. For the past five years, she has served as general manager for The Home Decorators Collection (HDC) at The Home Depot, overseeing merchandising, marketing, finance, planning, stores and website. She also steered the integration of the HDC business after its acquisition by Home Depot, including developing a business model for a new HDC retail format and opening the first new concept store.

Prior to that, Phillips served as senior vice president for Smith & Hawken, where she managed the merchandising and planning teams for the store and e-commerce strategy. In addition, she was responsible for managing the licensed brand Smith & Hawken brand in 1,500 Target stores.

Phillips began her career at Wal-Mart stores in 1998, and during a nearly 10-year tenure assumed positions of increasing responsibility. This included divisional merchandise manager for outdoor living. Earlier at Wal-Mart, she also served as a senior buyer in home textiles.

"Much of Tuesday Morning's turnaround is based on having a constantly changing assortment of great quality home and home-related merchandise at an outstanding value. Melissa's outstanding vendor relationships, strong buying experience and proven leadership capabilities are ideally suited to executing our merchandising strategies, and we are delighted to welcome her to the senior leadership team," said Rouleau.

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