COLUMBUS, Ohio — Big Lots Inc. has named Gurmeet Singh executive vice president and chief technology officer, the company said on Tuesday. He succeeds Stew Wenerstrom, who will be officially retiring in October following a transition period.
Singh brings more than 30 years of experience in information technology to his new post. He most recently served as group chief digital officer at the Al Futtaim Group in Dubai, where he led all the conglomerate’s technology, data and digital efforts. He previously served as executive vice president, chief digital, information and marketing Officer at 7-Eleven Inc., and prior to that held similar roles at CapitalOne, Intuit Inc. and FedEx. Singh has been recognized by industry peers with a number of awards, including the 2019 Retail Tech Innovator award.
“As a self-professed technology enthusiast with a passion for innovation and customer experience, I couldn’t be happier to join the Big Lots team at this point in its omnichannel journey,” said Mr. Singh. “I look forward to leading the already strong Big Lots technology team.”
Singh will report directly to Big Lots president and CEO Bruce Thorn.
“We’re really excited to welcome Gurmeet to Big Lots and to my staff,” Thorn said. “Gurmeet is a proven transformation leader in the retail technology space. I am confident that Gurmeet will help us continue to innovate and grow our technology platform to even better serve our customer when, where and how she wants to shop.”
Thorn also acknowledged Wenerstrom’s contributions to Big Lots.
“As much as we are looking forward to having Gurmeet join our team, we need to acknowledge Stew’s more than 18 years of fantastic service to Big Lots,” Thorn said. “Before he retires in October, Stew will be able to help onboard Gurmeet and give him a huge leg up in his transition. Even after his retirement, Stew will continue to be a part of the Big Lots family, and we will miss him.”