BJ's Appoints Former Hess Retail CEO as President & COO

Baldwin also served in executive roles at Kraft/Nabisco, Hershey

Chris Baldwin Hess Retail BJ’s

Chris Baldwin

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. -- BJ’s Wholesale Club Inc. has announced that former Hess Retail CEO Christopher J. Baldwin has been named president and COO of the warehouse club, effective September 8.

Baldwin brings more than 30 years of experience as an executive in the retail and consumer products industries. Before joining BJ’s, he was most recently CEO of Hess Retail Corp., which operated more than 1,300 gas stations and convenience stores on the East Coast prior to its successful sale to Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC), which is in the process of converting them to the Speedway brand.

Before joining Hess, Baldwin served in a variety of leadership roles including president of snacks at Kraft Foods (Nabisco), president of North America at Hershey and executive roles at Procter & Gamble.

At BJ's, Baldwin will have responsibility for business operations including merchandising, logistics, membership, marketing and club operations and will also join BJ’s board of directors.

“I am very excited to welcome Chris to the BJ’s team,” said Laura Sen, BJ’s CEO. “Chris’ record of excellence in leading large and successful organizations in the retail and consumer sectors will help us to build upon BJ’s strong heritage of offering a distinctive shopping experience and deep value proposition to BJ’s millions of loyal members.”

Cameron Breitner, partner of CVC Capital Partners, said, “We are delighted to welcome Chris Baldwin to the BJ’s team. Over a long career in the retail and consumer sectors, Chris has proven himself to be an outstanding and innovative leader at a number of great companies, and we expect him to make similar contributions at BJ’s.”

Based in Westborough, Mass., BJ's is a leading operator of warehouse clubs in the eastern United States. The Company operates 208 clubs and 123 gas stations in 15 eastern states. BJ’s is wholly owned by affiliates of Leonard Green & Partners, CVC Capital Partners and its management team.

Part of CSP's 2015 Convenience Top 101 retailers