Ollie’s Names Retail Vet van der Valk COO


Ollie’s Bargain Outlet has named Eric van der Valk as its executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective May 3.

He will report to John Swygert, president and chief executive officer and will lead the store operations, supply chain, real estate and asset protection teams.

van der Valk most recently served as president and chief operating officer of Christmas Tree Shops (CTS), a discount retailer specializing in seasonal, home decor, kitchenware, consumables, and closeout merchandise.


After joining CTS in 2005, shortly after it was purchased by Bed Bath & Beyond, he assumed roles of increasing responsibility, leading to his appointment of chief operating officer in 2018 and president and chief operating officer in 2019.

Prior to CTS, he held various financial and merchandising roles at May Department Stores’ Filene’s and Robinsons-May divisions including vice president of planning/replenishment/MIS and divisional controller from 1998 to 2005. Prior to this, he served as head of store operations for KB Toys.

“We are delighted to welcome Eric to the Ollie’s family,” said Swygert. “Eric has a proven track record and brings expertise across several key functional areas including store operations, supply chain, sourcing, planning/allocation, and marketing.”