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Former TJX executive named CEO at Bob’s Discount Furniture

Former TJX Cos. executive Michael Skirvin will be taking the helm at Bob’s Discount Furniture as the retailer’s president and chief executive, the company announced Thursday.

Skirvin, Bob’s chief operating officer for four years, will succeed Ted English, who oversaw the rapid expansion of the Manchester, Conn., company, now owned by Bain Capital.

English will remain actively involved in the supporting role of executive chairman at the furniture retailer, known for its catchy television commercials featuring founder Bob Kaufman, often depicted as an animated caricature.

Skirvin, 57, and English, 62, have crossed paths before, having worked together at TJX for 23 years. English left the off-price Framingham retailer in 2005 and later joined Bob’s, while Skirvin went on to become chief operating officer of the company’s now-defunct A.J. Wright store division.


The move at the top for Bob’s has been in the works for a while. Skirvin said he had been taking on more of the day-to-day responsibilities from English for the past six to nine months.

“We’re pretty happy with the success we’ve had,” Skirvin said in an interview. “Ted will help me crystallize the strategy for our growth.”

“We’re thrilled,” English said. “It’s an orderly succession from within the organization, with someone who understands the culture and can drive the business forward for many, many years to come.”

The succession plan has been in the works since Boston private equity firm Bain Capital bought a majority stake of the company in February 2014, said Tricia Patrick, a principal at Bain Capital Private Equity. The Bain purchase price was a reported $350 million.

Patrick said the duo will continue to expand the number of stores, as well as its online mybobs.com platform.

“This is a multiregional retailer today with potential for national scale,” Patrick said.

Under English’s decadelong tenure, Bob’s has grown from 27 stores in seven states to 69 stores in 12 states.


Katheleen Conti can be reached at kconti@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @GlobeKConti.