Mike Cairnes is President and Chief Operating Officer of Kirkland’s, a specialty retailer of home décor, operating over 400 stores. Mike has held senior leadership roles for over 15 years in wholesale, start up, and retail businesses; at each, making transformational changes and demonstrating dynamic performance. He is an advocate for Special Needs and serves on the Board of Directors for BrightStone.
Prior to Kirkland’s, Mike worked for Michaels Stores, Inc. as President of a subsidiary business, Artistree which is a vertically integrated custom frame “store in a store” business that was re-invented and became the largest in the world with market share more than doubling during his tenure along with accelerated profitability. Prior to that at Michaels, Mike took over the largest merchandise division that was down trending; the business was re-imagined and re-set shattering expectations with double digit sales growth over 20% and profits growing faster than sales with categories outpacing the largest retailer.
Mike also started up US operations for an art publishing business, was part of the senior leadership team that doubled sales in a wholesale business that led to an acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway after various leadership positions in the technology sector.
Mike’s passion is his family of four children and philosophy of paying it forward.
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