The US-American world market leader The Home Depot named William "Billy" Bastek executive vice president of merchandising, effective immediately. Bastek is a 33-year veteran of the DIY retailer, having served in several leadership positions across the merchandising organisation. Most recently, he was senior vice president of hardlines, where he was responsible for merchandising and marketing strategies for the hardware and garden departments. Prior to that role, he was merchandising vice president (MVP) of hardware and tools, where he oversaw the growth and transformation of the power tools and automotive departments in stores and online.
Under Bastek's leadership, the merchandising team has led the modernisation of the power tools and outdoor power categories, driving an industry-wide shift from corded or gas-powered to battery-powered equipment. He and his team also drove the successful growth of the retailer’s Halloween and holiday categories both online and in-stores, which have achieved record sell-through over the past several seasons.
William Bastek replaces Jeff Kinnaird, who has decided to leave the company after nearly 27 years. Prior to his role in the merchandising organisation, Kinnaird was at the helm of The Home Depot’s Canadian division.