Big Lots Appoints EVP, Chief Technology Officer

by Katie Lee

Columbus, Ohio — Big Lots, Inc. has appointed Gurmeet Singh as executive vice president, chief technology officer of Big Lots, effective July 12, 2021. He succeeds Stew Wenerstrom, who will be officially retiring in October following a transition period. Singh will report directly to Bruce Thorn, president and chief executive officer of Big Lots.

Singh has more than 30 years of experience in information technology. Most recently, he was the group chief digital officer at the Al Futtaim Group in Dubai, leading all technology, data and digital efforts for the conglomerate. Previously he served as executive vice president, chief digital, information and marketing officer at 7-Eleven Inc.

“We’re really excited to welcome Gurmeet to Big Lots and to my staff,” says Thorn. “Gurmeet is a proven transformation leader in the retail technology space. I am confident that Gurmeet will help us continue to innovate and grow our technology platform to even better serve our customer when, where and how she wants to shop.”

Thorn adds: “As much as we are looking forward to having Gurmeet join our team, we need to acknowledge Stew’s more than 18 years of fantastic service to Big Lots. Before he retires in October, Stew will be able to help onboard Gurmeet and give him a huge leg up in his transition. Even after his retirement, Stew will continue to be a part of the Big Lots family, and we will miss him.”

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots, Inc. is a neighborhood discount retailer operating 1,414 stores in 47 states. For more information, visit




SOURCE: Big Lots, Inc.

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