Retiring Container Store Founders Kip And Sharon Tindell’s Employee-First Legacy

Kip Tindell and Sharon Tindell, the husband-and-wife duo that helped found The Container Store and run the company for nearly 40 years, are retiring in August 2019. Kip will step down as Chairman, with CEO Melissa Reiff taking his place. Reiff took the CEO reins from Tindell when he relinquished the position in July 2016.

Sharon will retire from her role as President and Chief Merchandising Officer; she had been President since 2016 and Chief Merchandising Officer since 2006.John Gehre, EVP of Merchandising and Planning, will succeed Sharon. Gehre joined the company in July 2018, coming from grocer H-E-B.

Kip founded The Container Store in 1978 in Dallas along with Garrett Boone and architect John Mullen, with Sharon joining the company as a merchant shortly after its foundation. Sharon is credited with being the visionary behind the retailer’s product mix — and keeping its focus on staying devoted solely to storage and organization products.

Under the Tindells’ leadership, The Container Store developed its signature employee-first culture, which has put it on numerous…