Gustavo Arnal was a Venezuelan-American businessman who served as the chief financial officer (CFO) of Bed Bath & Beyond from 2020 to 2022. He died by suicide in September 2022 at the age of 52.
Arnal was born in Venezuela and earned an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the Simón Bolívar University of Venezuela. He also earned a master’s degree in finance from the Universidad Metropolitana.
Gustavo Arnal Career
Arnal began his career as a finance manager at Procter & Gamble in Mexico. He later held senior positions at P&G in Brazil, Venezuela, and the United States. In 2017, he was named CFO of Walgreens Boots Alliance International & Global Functions. In 2019, he was named CFO of Avon Products.
Arnal joined Bed Bath & Beyond in 2020 as part of a turnaround effort led by then-CEO Mark Tritton. Arnal was responsible for overseeing the company’s financial performance and helping to implement its strategic plan.
Gustavo Arnal Success, Death, Family
Arnal was a respected figure in the business world, and he was known for his expertise in finance and retail. He was also a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Arnal’s death was a shock to the business community and to his many friends and colleagues. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
In the months leading up to his death, Arnal had been facing a number of personal and professional challenges. He was facing a lawsuit from a shareholder who alleged that he had sold shares of Bed Bath & Beyond stock shortly before the company announced a series of disappointing earnings reports. Arnal was also facing pressure from investors who were calling for the company to make a change in leadership.
It is unclear what role these challenges played in Arnal’s decision to end his life. However, his death is a reminder that even the most successful people can struggle with mental health issues. If you or someone you know is struggling, please reach out for help. There are many resources available, and you don’t have to go through this alone.