Executive Leadership

Lewis L. Bird III, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Lewis L. (Lee) Bird III serves as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President for At Home. Mr. Bird joined the company in December 2012 and in a short time has transformed the 35-year-old Garden Ridge brand into the more consumer-relevant At Home retail chain.

Before joining the company, Mr. Bird held a variety of leadership positions, most recently serving as Managing Director of The Gores Group, a global private equity firm that specializes in acquiring and partnering with mature and growing businesses. Prior to this, Mr. Bird served as President of Nike Affiliates for Nike Inc., Chief Operating Officer of Gap and Chief Financial Officer of Old Navy.

In addition, he was Vice President of Finance & Operations for Gateway, Inc.; Senior Director of Corporate Finance for AlliedSignal, Inc., and Director of Finance & Business Management at AlliedSignal Engines. He has also held various senior financial and strategic positions for Ford Motor Company, and served as Assistant Vice President & Commercial Loan Officer for BayBanks, Inc.

Mr. Bird received his MBA from Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College and his bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College. Lee is currently on the National Advisory Committee for Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University.

Judd T. Nystrom, Chief Financial Officer

Judd T. Nystrom has served as our Chief Financial Officer since February 2013. Prior to joining us, he held several leadership roles in finance from February 2008 to February 2013, most recently as Senior Vice President, Finance for Advance Auto Parts, where he was responsible for planning and performance management, identifying opportunities to grow the business and improve profitability, corporate procurement and investor relations. Prior to Advance Auto Parts, Mr. Nystrom was with Best Buy from July 2002 to February 2008, where he served in escalating responsibilities, most recently as the Senior Director, Finance for U.S. Retail Channels and Retail Support, which included Best Buy stores, BestBuy.com, Operations and Real Estate. Mr. Nystrom also held various financial positions at Carlson Companies from December 1995 to June 2002, most recently serving as Director of Accounting & Reporting. Mr. Nystrom received his bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, has attended Executive Leadership Programs at the Carlson School of Management and University of Chicago, and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive), Certified Management Accountant, and Certified in Financial Management.

Alissa M. Ahlman, Chief Merchandising Officer

Alissa M. Ahlman has served as our Chief Merchandising Officer since April 2015. Ms. Ahlman joined the Company in March 2008 as Director of Merchandise Planning; she was promoted to Divisional Merchandising Manager in April 2009; then to Vice President and Divisional Merchandising Manager in April 2010; and then to Vice President and Co-General Merchandising Manager in June 2013 before assuming her current role. Before joining us, Ms. Ahlman was with 99¢ Only Stores from January 2005 to March 2008, most recently serving as Vice President of Planning & Allocation, but held the positions of Divisional Merchandise Manager, Director of Re-orderables, Consumer Insights & Category Management, as well as Director of Financial Planning & Analysis. Prior to this, Ms. Ahlman served as Director of Financial Planning & Analysis for Factory 2-U Stores from June 2000 to December 2004. Ms. Ahlman attended San Diego State University, majoring in Finance.

Mary Jane Broussard, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Mary Jane Broussard has served as our General Counsel since March 2014 and our Corporate Secretary since September 2015. Prior to that role, she served as our Vice President, Corporate Counsel since June 2013. Prior to joining us, Ms. Broussard was a partner with Brown McCarroll, L.L.P. from 1993 to 2013, a regional law firm based in Dallas. Prior to her legal career, Ms. Broussard was a Certified Public Accountant with a national accounting firm from 1982 to 1984. Ms. Broussard received both her Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

Peter S. G. Corsa, Chief Operating Officer

Peter S. G. Corsa currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for At Home. He joined the company as Chief Stores Officer in March 2013 and was promoted to his current position in December 2016. Prior to joining At Home, Mr. Corsa served as Vice President of KSL Resorts from January 2011 to April 2013, which operates luxury resorts throughout the United States. Before this, he served as Executive Vice President of Retail for Stuart Weitzman from January 2006 to February 2011. In addition, he served as Senior Director of Store Operations for Gap from 2004 to 2006, Senior Director of Loss Prevention for Old Navy from 2002 to 2003, and Director of Store Operations for Old Navy from 1999 to 2002. Mr. Corsa received his Master of Business Administration from St. Mary's College of California and his Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Valerie L. Davisson, Chief People Officer

Valerie L. Davisson has served as our Chief People Officer since April 2013. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Davisson served as Executive Vice President of Brinker International from June 2005, adding the title of Chief PeopleWorks Officer in June 2007 and serving in that role until January 2013, where she led human resources and IT for more than 800 company owned restaurants. Prior positions with Brinker included Senior Vice President. Prior to joining Brinker in June 2004, Ms. Davisson held various positions from December 1998 to June 2004 with Yum! Brands, Inc., including Vice President of Human Resources, Vice President of Field Operations for Kentucky Fried Chicken, Senior Director of Global Staffing for Yum! Brands, Inc. and Director of Field Human Resources for Pizza Hut. She received her Bachelor's degree in Government from Southern Illinois University and earned a Master in Human Resource Management from Washington University in St. Louis.

Norman E. McLeod, Chief Development Officer

Norman E. McLeod has served as our Chief Development Officer since October 2013. Prior to joining us, Mr. McLeod most recently served as Vice President of Development and Real Estate for FedEx Office, a subsidiary of FedEx Corporation, from March 2004 to October 2013. In this role he was responsible for 1,900 U.S. and international stores, including lease administration, renewals, remodels, relocations and repair/maintenance. Prior to this, Mr. McLeod was with YUM! Brands, Inc. from May 1992 to March 2004, most recently serving as Director of Development. In addition to this role, he also served as National Director of Construction, Franchise Development Director, Market Planning, Director of Special Projects and Equipment, and Development Manager. Prior to these roles, Mr. McLeod served as Director of Construction for Turnkey Construction Company from May 1991 to May 1992, and as a Staff Engineer and Project Manager for Mobil Oil Corporation from August 1986 to May 1991. Mr. McLeod received his Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University.

Ashley Sheetz, Chief Marketing Officer

Ashley Sheetz currently serves as Chief Marketing Officer for At Home. Before joining the Company in 2017, Ms. Sheetz served as Chief Marketing Officer, Group Vice President of Sally Beauty, where she focused on transforming the customer experience, repositioning the brand and finding new ways to connect with consumers. Prior to joining Sally Beauty in March 2014, Ashley held various marketing leadership positions from October 2008 through March 2014 with GameStop, most recently serving as Chief Marketing Officer, Vice President. In this role, she focused on long-term growth, introducing new businesses and store concepts. Prior to GameStop, Ms. Sheetz held leadership roles with various advertising agencies working on national brand accounts including American Airlines, Verizon, Omni Hotels, T.G.I. Friday’s, The Texas Lottery, TXU Energy, Susan G. Komen, Earthgrains Breads and Hershey’s Milks. Ms. Sheetz was with DDB Dallas/Tracy Locke from 2000 to 2008, TM Advertising from 1997 to 2000, and Publicis Dallas from 1996 to 1997. Ashley received her Bachelor’s degree in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin and a Graduate Finance Certificate from the SMU Cox School of Business.

Kim Ramsey, Vice President of Inventory Planning & Allocation

Kim Ramsey has served as our Vice President of Inventory Planning & Allocation since April 2014. Prior to joining the Company, Kim served as Senior Vice President of Merchandise Planning, Allocation & Supply Chain for Icing, owned by Claire’s Stores, Inc., where she managed inventory and allocation for more than 400 domestic retail stores and Icing.com. Prior to this, she was Vice President of Merchandise Planning, Allocation & Supply Chain for the Disney Store and DisneyStore.com, as well as Vice President of Merchandise Planning & Allocation for Old Navy. She received her Bachelor of Science in Finance from San Diego State University.