Lowe’s hires a new chief merchant

Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe’s has hired Michael Jones as its chief merchandising officer. 

Jones will be responsible for the merchandising offering for Lowe's stores and Lowes.com as well as all global sourcing activities. He will report to chief customer officer Gregory M. Bridgeford.

Jones fills a key position in Lowe’s revamped organizational structure that was announced in May 2012. At that time, the retailer moved its executives into two teams: the Customer Experience organization and the Operations organization.

Jones served most recently as executive VP and president of Husqvarna North and Latin America. Prior to joining Husqvarna, Jones spent 15 years with General Electric. He started in appliance contract sales and also held positions as chief commercial officer - Europe for GE Consumer and Industrial and general manager of cooking products.

"Mike has extensive experience with consumer products in categories relevant to the home improvement business, with both Husqvarna and GE including appliances, outdoor power equipment and lighting categories," said Bridgeford. "His experience in leading businesses, identifying and pursuing marketing opportunities, and discipline around value creation throughout the chain, from supplier to consumer, make him an outstanding fit for this position."

Jones earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from California Coast University in Santa Ana, Calif.