Former Walmart chief merchant named Family Dollar COO

CHESAPEAKE, Va.  — Dollar Tree and its Family Dollar subsidiary on Thursday added former Walmart chief merchant Duncan Mac Naughton to the team and promoted Dollar Tree president and COO Gary Philbin to the role of enterprise president.

Mac Naughton, 54, has joined the company as president and COO of Family Dollar and will report to Philbin. “I would like to welcome Duncan Mac Naughton to the Family Dollar team," Philbin said. "Duncan is an accomplished retail leader and will be instrumental in continuing to develop and improve the Family Dollar banner through an intense focus on the customer.”

“I look forward to working with Duncan as we continue to develop the Family Dollar banner to its highest level of productivity,” stated Bob Sasser, CEO Dollar Tree. “Just as we have done at Dollar Tree, our goal is to serve the Family Dollar customer with terrific merchandise values in stores that offer a bright, fun and friendly shopping environment. Duncan brings a tremendous amount of experience, retail acumen and energy to our Family Dollar brand and to the entire Dollar Tree organization.”

In his new role, Philbin will oversee store operations, merchandising, marketing and real estate across all banners including Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree Canada. And he will continue to report to Sasser.

With more than 15 years at Dollar Tree, Philbin was most recently president and COO of Family Dollar, where he oversaw the development of strategic initiatives and the successful achievement of budgetary, synergy and transition goals following Dollar Tree’s acquisition of Family Dollar in July 2015. From 2007 to 2015, prior to the acquisition of Family Dollar, he served as president and COO for the Dollar Tree banner.

Philbin began his career with Dollar Tree in 2001 as SVP stores.

Mac Naughton has more than 30 years of leadership experience in the food, grocery, mass merchant and specialty retail industries. He most recently served as CEO Mills Fleet Farm. And he has held numerous leadership roles at Wal-Mart Stores, including chief merchandising and marketing officer of Wal-Mart U.S. from 2011 to 2014, EVP consumables health and wellness and from 2010 to 2011, and chief merchandising officer of Wal-Mart Canada from 2009 to 2010.

From 2006 to 2009, he served as EVP merchandising and marketing for Supervalu, including serving as the head of the health and wellness division.

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