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BJ's CEO takes on new role

BJ's Wholesale Club announced that Christopher J. Baldwin, president and chief executive officer, has added chairman of the board of directors to his responsibilities, effective immediately.bjs

Laura Sen has announced her retirement from the Board. The company also announced that Nishad Chande has joined the board of directors.

"I'm pleased to be named chairman of the board and to continue leading our team through the next stage of our transformation," Baldwin said. "Most importantly, I want to thank Laura for her countless contributions to BJ's Wholesale Club over her more than 25 years with the company. Her leadership, vision and commitment to BJ's have created the foundation for our long-term success."

Baldwin joined BJ's in 2015 as chief operating officer and became president and CEO in 2016. He has more than 30 years of experience as an executive in the retail and consumer products industries. Before joining BJ's, he was CEO of Hess Retail Corp., prior to its successful sale to Marathon Petroleum Corp.  Before joining Hess, Baldwin served in a variety of executive level roles at Kraft Foods (Nabisco), The Hershey Co. and Procter & Gamble. Baldwin also serves as chairman of the National Retail Federation board of directors.

Chande is a senior managing director at CVC Capital Partners, where he is a member of the consumer/retail team. Prior to joining CVC in 2016, Chande worked at Centre Partners. He also has experience at Bain & Co., Raymond James Capital and Schroders. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor's degree in economics and mathematics from Dartmouth College.