Bob Baird is the vice president of merchandising for The Home Depot. He is responsible for merchandising and marketing strategies for appliances and kitchens. Bob joined the Company in 2001 as a global product merchant. He has held roles of increasing responsibility including division merchandise manager and department merchandising vice president. Prior to joining The Home Depot, Bob spent 14 years as a regional manager with The Maytag Company. Additionally, he held senior leadership roles with retailers Fred Schmid, Circuit City, Good Guys and Wards (GE). Bob has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in business administration from Drake University.