Full Name
John Gehre
Job Title
Chief Merchandising Officer
Company Name
The Container Store
Speaker Bio
John Gehre is Chief Merchandising Officer of The Container Store and joined the
company in 2018 as Executive Vice President of Merchandising and Planning. In his role,
John leads a diverse team that includes merchandising, planning, allocation, global
sourcing and end-to-end supply chain management.
He has played a key role in strategic initiatives including the company’s growing private
label products, sustainability, expansion of its custom closets business, COVID-19
management and supplier relationships. John also helped spearhead the launch of
exclusive product collections with organizing guru Marie Kondo and celebrity organizers
The Home Edit.

Prior to joining The Container Store, John gained extensive experience leading multi-
billion dollar retail businesses in merchandise planning, product development, omni-
channel marketing, and supply chain with some the retail industry’s most successful

companies, including H-E-B, BJ’s Wholesale, Linens ‘n Things, Saks Fifth Avenue and
He is also involved in philanthropic endeavors as a member of the board of directors of
Global Market Development Center (GMDC), a trade association serving more than
600 retailers, wholesalers, suppliers and service/solution member companies; and
Mission Road Ministries, which aides adults and children with intellectual development
John is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in
economics. He is celebrating his 20th wedding anniversary this year. In his spare time, he
enjoys spending time with his daughter, Abbey, renovating houses, and running half
John Gehre