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Art Van Furniture CEO leaving company after little over a year

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

Warren — The president and CEO of Art Van Furniture is leaving the company after joining the retailer a little over a year ago.

Ron Boire will be transitioning out of the role in the coming weeks, the Warren-based furniture retailer said. The board of directors for Art Van has tapped an executive search firm to help find a replacement for Boire.

Boire was named CEO in April 2018, replacing longtime CEO Kim Yost. His previous retail experience includes stints as chief executive for Barnes & Noble and Sears Canada.

No reason was given for the departure.

Gail Galea, Art Van's chief marketing officer, and CEO Ron Boire in the new home department at Art Van in Warren. Both Galea and Boire are leaving the company, Art Van has announced

Other leadership changes include the appointment of Chris Pelcher as executive vice president, chief merchandising officer. He replaces Gail Galea, who left the company. Pelcher most recently served as general manager of Art Van-owned Levin Furniture and Wolf Furniture.

Gary Van Elslander, a board member and son of founder Art Van Elslander, assumes a newly created position as chairman of the board.

“Today marks another important step in Art Van’s transformational journey,” Gary Van Elslander said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing to work closely with the board of directors, the executive leadership team, and our dedicated Art Van associates who proudly embody my father’s vision when he founded his iconic company 60 years ago.”

A private equity firm, Boston-based Thomas H. Lee Partners, bought Art Van in February 2017, a year before the death of its founder in February 2018.

Art Van is considered the No. 1  furniture and mattress retailer in the Midwest with 190 stores in nine states operating under brands including Art Van Furniture, Art Van PureSleep, Art Van Flooring, Scott Shuptrine Interiors, Levin Furniture, Levin Mattress, Wolf Furniture and Gardiner Wolf Furniture. 

In recent years leadership has worked to reshape Art Van with a revamped website, and reorganized showroom floors with new collections and home accents including rugs and window treatments.

cwilliams@detroitnews.com

Twitter: @CWilliams_DN