Brookstone has tapped Stephen Bebis, founder of Golf Town, as the new chief executive of the New Hampshire electronics chain. Bebis spent 14 years as founder, president, and chief executive of Golf Town, the largest specialty golf retailer in Canada with 57 locations. It recently announced plans to acquire US rival Golfsmith.
“We were impressed by Stephen’s track record as an entrepreneur, his hands-on experience as a manager and mentor at the highest levels in the retail industry, and his ability to drive growth and achieve market leadership,” Jackson Tai, chairman of Brookstone’s board of directors and interim chief executive since January, said in a statement. Brookstone’s previous leader, Ron Boire, left the Merrimack business to join Sears Holdings Corp. as its chief merchandising officer.
Bebis started his retail career with Sears, later moved to Grossman’s Lumber Chain, and eventually served as president and chief executive of The Home Depot Canada.