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The Container Store Announces Key New Hires

Company fills five leadership roles with specialty retail expertise

The Container Store, leading specialty retailer of storage and organization solutions and custom closets, has added five new company leaders to complement existing leadership. Four months into Satish Malhotra’s role as CEO, he has hired key leaders and added three new roles: Chief Information Officer, Dhritiman Saha, Vice President of Merchandising, Michelle Gill, Vice President of Real Estate, Robert Higgins, Senior Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, LaTisha Brandon, and Senior Director of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), Ivet Taneva.

Chief Information Officer, Dhritiman Saha, will serve as the principal technology leader providing vision for developing and implementing technology strategies and initiatives company wide. Saha comes from GameStop where he was the chief digital officer, and has also held leadership roles at JC Penney, Target and Kohls. Previously, this position title was Chief Technology Officer.

VP of Merchandising is a new position at The Container Store that has been filled by Michelle Gill, reporting to Chief Merchandising Officer, John Gehre. She will be supporting initiatives like the expansion of The Container Store’s private label assortment and sustainably sourced products. Gill previously served nearly three decades at luxury retailer, Neiman Marcus, most recently as a Vice President for various departments since 2015.

Robert Higgins joined the team in late April as the new VP of real estate reporting to Chief Financial Officer, Jeff Miller. He will be responsible for formulating and executing growth strategies as well as overseeing the company’s real estate portfolio. Prior to joining The Container Store, Higgins was the VP of Global Real Estate and Retail Development for Fossil.

LaTisha Brandon will fill a new role of Senior Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, building on the company’s current strategy and leading its DE&I Taskforce under the leadership of Executive Vice President of Human Resources, John Marazio. Over the past five years, Brandon has spearheaded DE&I initiatives across all areas of business at JC Penney and Celanese.

Another new role for the company, Senior Director of ESG has been filled by Ivet Taneva. She will develop and lead a multi-prong strategy for ESG for The Container Store. She comes from Alcon, where she led the development and execution of its global environmental sustainability strategy, global regulatory compliance program, and developed sustainability standards for all levels of the organization.

“Each of these new members of our leadership team bring a unique lens of the retail world and fresh thinking to The Container Store,” said CEO, Satish Malhotra. “These five roles will further strengthen our leadership team and help lead the growth strategies we have set forth across all areas of our business. I’m confident they will build upon the success we have seen thus far in our company’s 42-year history.”

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About The Container Store

The Container Store Group, Inc. (NYSE:TCS) is the nation’s leading specialty retailer of storage and organization products and solutions, and custom closets – a concept they originated in 1978. Today, with locations nationwide, the retailer offers more than 11,000 products designed to help customers accomplish projects, maximize their space and make the most of their home. The Container Store also offers a full suite of custom closets designed to accommodate all sizes, styles and budgets.

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