By Alan Wolf, YSN
Kim Yost, former CEO of leading furniture chain Art Van, will assume the reigns of AVB’s Canadian affiliates Mega Group and BrandSource Canada as President and CEO on Nov. 20.
Yost is coming out of retirement after one year to succeed Mega chief Benoit Simard, who has announced his own retirement.
Yost led Art Van from 2009 to 2018 and before that headed The Brick, a major Canadian furniture chain, according to FurnitureToday.
Mega Group described Yost has having “over three decades of recognition for extraordinary achievements and business success that come from proven leadership, customer focus and strong financial acumen.”
In a statement, Yost said “I am excited to be joining a winning team with a proven track record of 50 years. Returning to Canada is also dear to me, where the independent channel is well poised to seize new opportunities as retailers recognize the need for transformation, creativity and innovation.”
An official retirement presentation for Simard and introduction for Yost will be held at the March Summit in Las Vegas.
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