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Anthony, Things Remembered chairman, steps down

Things Remembered said Wednesday that its President and CEO Lisa Gavales was named chairman. Michael Anthony, who had been Chairman, President and CEO for eight years, has stepped down from the board. Cleveland-based Things Remembered is a personalized gift retailer that is backed by Madison Dearborn Partners.


CLEVELAND, Feb. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Things Remembered, the Cleveland-based personalized gift retailer, named Lisa Gavales President and CEO last November and is now adding the Chairman’s duties and title to the role.
Michael Anthony, who had been Chairman, President and CEO for eight years, has stepped down from the board.
Prior to joining Things Remembered last fall, Gavales, a brand and product marketing expert, built her successful career with executive positions at great brands like Talbots (President of Direct and Chief Marketing Officer), Express (Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer) and Bloomingdales. In honing her skills as a dynamic change agent early on, Lisa began her career in Macy’s training program and then spent several years as a management consultant for Price Waterhouse’s Management Horizon division.
At Things Remembered, Gavales has swiftly laid out a vision of a personalized, omni-channel brand that will engage and delight the customer and lead the company to its next phase of growth. In addition, she has expeditiously made operational changes that provide the foundation for the company to test and learn exactly what the customer responds to best in order to navigate the highly competitive retail environment.
“We have already seen appreciable momentum in both strategy and operations under Lisa’s leadership since November,” said Rob Selati, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Madison Dearborn Partners LLC, Things Remembered’s private equity owner. “We are thrilled to elevate Lisa to the position of Chairman. Her strategic vision and strong executive skills, along with her immediate ability to galvanize the organization and make informed decisions, will be key to building upon Things Remembered’s leadership position in the personalization market.”
In a statement, Gavales said, “Things Remembered’s industry leadership in the personalization market comes from an incredibly talented organization with all the right ingredients to achieve great and lasting long-term success. We have already begun to create products and experiences that allow our customer to personalize her special relationships and occasions in a way that makes her feel special and connected to our iconic brand. We look forward to doing more of that, for more customers, in any channel of their choosing, as we grow toward our very bright future.”
About Things Remembered:
Things Remembered is North America’s leading retailer of personalized merchandise and experiences. We help customers create unique and personalized products for all of life’s occasions – big and small. With more than 600 stores in 48 states and in four Canadian provinces, and an online store that allows for home delivery and same-day pickup in-store, we help the customers shop when they want, where they want. To visit our stores or to shop online, please visit
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