HUDSON, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, the leading fabric and craft specialty retailer in America, today announced the appointment of Tom Williams to senior vice president, store operations and human resources, replacing Ken Haverkost.
“Tom has provided great leadership to the entire organization through his role as the head of human resources”
Haverkost announced his retirement, effective August 31, 2013, as executive vice president, store operations, a position he held since joining the company in 2007. Haverkost will remain a part-time employee through March 2014 to assist in the transition.
“We’d like to thank Ken for his contributions to our business over the past six years, along with the leadership he’s provided within our organization. We wish him the best in his retirement. He will truly be missed,” said Travis Smith, chief executive officer and president of Jo-Ann Stores, Inc.
Williams, in addition to retaining his current responsibilities overseeing all corporate human resources functions for Jo-Ann, will assume responsibility for leading the store operations organization, covering over 18,000 Team Members and more than 800 stores.
“Tom has provided great leadership to the entire organization through his role as the head of human resources,” said Smith. “We’re excited to see him extend his influence directly over our field organization. Tom’s knowledge of our business, along with his customer-centric approach, makes him the perfect person to lead our field team into the future.”
Since joining Jo-Ann in 1998, Williams’ accomplishments include revamping the company's performance management program, along with expanding leadership competencies and succession planning. Williams will continue to serve as chairman of the company’s benefits advisory committee. Most recently, Williams served as senior vice president, human resources.
Williams is a graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting along with a Masters in Leadership & Business Ethics from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa. He currently serves on the board of directors for Shelter Care, Inc. Tom and his wife Melody live in Stow, Ohio, and have four children and one grandchild.
About Jo-Ann Stores, Inc.
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, the nation’s leading fabric and craft retailer with locations in 49 states, was founded in 1943 as a single retail store. Today, approximately 800 Jo-Ann stores across the country provide consumers all the fabrics, craft supplies and inspiration they need, conveniently under one roof. For additional information, visit Joann.com. To make creative connections, visit Joann.com/community.