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Retail Movers & Shakers

A week does not go by without a significant promotion or appointment within retail companies — including merchants, industry associations as well as solution providers. Retail TouchPoints presents these updates via the Retail Movers & Shakers section, spotlighting the individuals and companies announcing important new executive developments.

Former Express Marketing Exec Joins NRF

The National Retail Federation (NRF) has appointed Cristina Ceresoli, former VP of Marketing and Public Relations at Express, as its new SVP for retail strategy. In her new role, Ceresoli will be responsible for guiding NRF’s product offering and event content strategy.

Amazon Go Technology Director Leaves Company

Bali Raghaven, Director of Amazon’s “walk out” technology within Amazon Go stores, the retailer’s completely checkout-free grocery market, has left for a Vice President of Engineering position at the real estate startup Opendoor.

Carrefour Names New CEO And Chairman

Alexandre Bompard will take on the roles of CEO and Chairman at French multinational retailer Carrefour. Bompard will resign from his current role as Chief Executive of Consumer Electronics at Fnac Darty to succeed Georges Plassat, who has served as Carrefour CEO since 2012.

Macy’s Promotes Anwar To CTO Position

Yasir Anwar has been named Macy’s new Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, effective immediately. In his new role, Anwar will monitor all of Macy’s technology functions and align Macy’s technology efforts with its overall growth strategy. He will oversee teams responsible for Macy’s e-Commerce experience; enterprise shared services; infrastructure; field services; and functional IT support.

Longtime J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler Steps Down

Nearly two weeks after admitting that he underestimated the role technology would play in retail in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Millard “Mickey” Drexler is leaving his longtime role as CEO of J.Crew. Drexler’s departure from the role signals more massive change for the apparel retailer, which also saw its President, Executive Creative Director and second-in-command Jenna Lyons step down from her role in April 2017. Lyons, who had been considered the creative mastermind behind the brand’s rise in the early 2000s, will remain with J.Crew as a creative advisor until her contract expires in December 2017. Drexler will remain in his role as Chairman of the Board of Directors at J.Crew.

Neiman Marcus Continues Hunt For Permanent CFO As Interim Chief Leaves

Seven months after then-CFO Donald Grimes left to join Sally Beauty, Neiman Marcus is still searching for someone to take the position permanently. Michael Fung, who has served as Interim EVP, CFO and COO of Neiman Marcus since November 2016, will depart effective June 30, 2017. Fung’s planned departure from the company is “not the result of any disagreement regarding any matter related to parent’s or the company’s operations, policies or practices,” according to an SEC filing.

IKEA Promotes Brodin To CEO

IKEA has promoted longtime company executive Jesper Brodin to CEO effective Sept. 1, according to reports from Bloomberg and Fortune. Brodin will replace CEO Peter Agnefjall, who is stepping down after holding the role since 2013. A 22-year veteran at IKEA, Brodin is currently the Managing Director of the IKEA of Sweden unit, but he has worked in various departments including purchasing, product-range development, logistics and group management. Brodin has worked in locations from Pakistan and China to Denmark and Sweden, and once served as the assistant to the company’s founder, Ingvar Kamprad.

JCPenney Fills Top Marketing Spot

Marci Grebstein has been named EVP-Chief Marketing Officer for JCPenney, filling a role that has been vacant since Mary Beth West left the department store retailer to become Chief Growth Officer at Hershey in March 2017. Grebstein has more than 20 years of retail marketing experience, most recently as CMO for Lowe’s, where she drove integrated and data-driven omnichannel marketing campaigns designed to build customer loyalty. Prior to Lowe’s, she worked for Food Lion of Delhaize America and spent 16 years at Staples.

Ralph Lauren Names Former P&G Exec As New CEO

Three months after Stefan Larsson announced he would step down as CEO of Ralph Lauren, the luxury brand has named a replacement. Former Proctor & Gamble exec Patrice Louvet will helm the role of President and CEO effective July 17, 2017. Louvet also will join the retailer’s Board of Directors, where he will report to Executive Chairman and namesake founder Ralph Lauren.

Jet.com Appoints Meredith Klein As PR Director

Jet.com has appointed Meredith Klein Director of Media and Public Relations, effective May 22, 2017. Klein will be responsible for driving consumer awareness for the Jet brand and its customer value proposition. In a previous agency position, Klein worked on the e-Commerce site for Walmart, now parent company of Jet.com.

TechStyle Promotes Inglis To GM, CMO Of Fast Fashion

TechStyle Fashion Group has promoted Traci Inglis to General Manager and CMO of its Fast Fashion division, which operates the JustFab and ShoeDazzle brands. In this position Inglis will oversee all business operations for the two brands, including design, production, distribution, sales, membership services and marketing. She already served as the branch’s CMO prior to the promotion, where she executed a data-driven marketing strategy that increased membership, sales and Net Promoter Scores.

INDOCHINO Fills Two VP Roles To Enhance Omnichannel Model

Vancouver-based INDOCHINO has appointed two new Vice Presidents to continue enhancing its omnichannel model through innovative products and customer experience. Randy Binning has been appointed as VP of Retail Operations, while Dean Handspiker was promoted to VP of Design - Product and Showroom Development.
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