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.

Shelfbucks Hires ShopperTrak Founder As Chairman Of The Board

Shelfbucks Inc., an iBeacon promotion platform for retail stores,has appointed retail industry veteran Bill Martin, Founder of ShopperTrak, as Chairman of its Board Of Directors. Martin will continue to serve as Executive Vice President of ShopperTrak, and will remain active in the company’s day-to-day operations. He takes over the Chairman position from Brett Hurt, Founder of Bazaarvoice and Coremetrics. An early Shelfbucks investor, Hurt will remain on the company’s Advisory Board.

Target Shakes Up Executive Team To Kick Off Brand Transformation

Two weeks after Gregg Steinhafel stepped down from his position as CEO, Chairman and President, Target has made several changes to its U.S. and Canadian leadership teams. Effective immediately, Tony Fisher, President of Target Canada will step down from his position and be replaced by Mark Schindele, who is currently SVP of Merchandising Operations. In his new role, Schindele will report to Kathee Tesija, Chief Merchandising and Supply Chain Officer.

Lands' End Appoints New Chief Creative Officer

Lifestyle brand Lands’ End has hired a new Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer. Becky Gebhardt, who takes the helm after holding long-term positions at Crocs, Inc., and Bag Borrow or Steal, will be responsible for developing and implementing global creative brand strategies across digital, retail and catalog. However, Gebhardt is extremely familiar with the Lands’ End brand story and vision: She acted as VP of Creative for the company from 2004 to 2007.

Target CEO Resigns, Mulligan To Act As Interim

After several months of damage control for a data breach that affected as many as 70 million shoppers, Target Board of Directors announced the resignation of the company’s Chairman, president and CEO — Gregg Steinhafel — effective immediately. Target CFO John Mulligan has been appointed as interim president and CEO, while board member Roxanne S. Austin will take the role of as the temporary non-executive chair of the board. The company is currently looking for permanent replacements for the positions, and Steinhafel has agreed to act as an advisor for his successors during the transition.

Goal Zero Names Former REI Exec President And COO

Goal Zero, a manufacturer of portable solar power products, has named Lee Fromson President and Chief Operating Officer. Fromson previously served as the Sr. VP of Merchandising at REI. In addition to the Fromson appointment, Goal Zero announced strategic changes to its executive team. Current President and CEO Joe Atkin will assume the role of Co-Chairman of the Board, and Founder and Chief Creative Officer Robert Workman will step in as CEO.

Target Appoints CIO, Boosts Security Measures

Target has appointed Bob DeRodes as its EVP and Chief Information Officer to lead the company’s IT transformation efforts. The mega retailer also announced the addition of security enhancements that will address issues coming to light following its 2013 data breach. As EVP/CIO, DeRodes will assume oversight of the Target…

Urban Outfitters Appoints New President Of North America

Urban Outfitters Inc., a lifestyle specialty retail company operating under the Anthropologie, Bhldn, Free People, Terrain and Urban Outfitters brands, has appointed a new president for the Urban Outfitters brand in North America.  Trish Donnelly, who most recently served as President of Steven Alan, will join Urban Outfitters North America and report directly to Ted Marlow, CEO of the namesake brand. Donnelly’s tenure will begin on July 14, 2014.

Former Gartner Retail Analyst Kevin Sterneckert Joins eCommera

eCommera, a cloud-based Big Data solution provider, has appointed Kevin Sterneckert as the company’s Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Sterneckert, who most recently served as the lead retail analyst for Gartner, brings more than 20 years of experience in retail leadership to eCommera. As Gartner Research VP, Sterneckert oversaw analysis of hundreds of retail-focused software solutions each year, offering expert analysis on topics such as Big Data, the future of merchandise life cycles, and the path to create excellence in the supply chain. He previously served as the Sr. Director of Global Product Strategy at Oracle Retail, and as the VP of Retail for DemandTec.  Additionally, Sterneckert was the CIO of Big V Supermarkets and Director of Merchandising Services and Development for Walmart Supercenters.

Credorax Appoints New CCO

Credorax, a provider of payment processing solutions, has appointed Koen Vanpraet as its Chief Commercial Officer (CCO). In this new role, Vanpraet will help the company increase market share in Europe, Asia and North America.

Compare Metrics Appoints New Chief Technology Officer

Compare Metrics, a provider of navigation and discovery solutions, has hired Mike Sherman, a RichRelevance alum, as its new Chief Technology Officer.  Sherman brings more than 20 years of experience successfully building and managing engineering teams to develop Big Data and personalization solutions. In his new position, Sherman will be responsible for the overall technology strategy for Compare Metrics, and will spearhead the development and delivery of the company’s Adaptive Commerce solutions.

Former Forrester Analyst Joins BrightTag As SVP Of Marketing

Cloud-based marketing and tag management solution provider BrightTag has named Forrester and SDL alum Joe Stanhope as its new Senior Vice President (SVP) of Marketing. In this role, Stanhope will oversee all marketing and product marketing initiatives, including the company’s brand and go-to-market strategy. Stanhope joins BrightTag from his previous role as Chief Strategy Officer of Campaign Management and Analytics at SDL plc. During his tenure, Stanhope led the UK-based company’s product strategy and vision for marketing technology solutions and services. Prior to working at SDL, Stanhope served as a Principal Analyst at Forrester. Stanhope covered digital intelligence and helped Forrester clients understand the technology, processes and organizational design necessary to deliver an engaging cross-channel customer experience. He also was one of the first industry analysts to research the emerging tag management market and anticipate the technology’s potential, which aligns efficiently with BrightTag’s position in the e-Commerce marketplace. According to President and CEO Mike Sands, Stanhope is “a true thought leader and brings an extraordinary depth of experience and expertise that will help guide our company and our clients in mastering the cross-channel data challenge.”

FreedomPay Names Marc Pereira As VP Of Technology

FreedomPay, a commerce platform provider, has appointed Marc Pereira to its executive team as Vice President (VP) of Technology. Pereira will be responsible for overseeing, envisioning and maintaining the company’s technology infrastructure, which covers the development process and network infrastructure management operations. Pereira previously served nearly 12 years in strategic executive roles at eBay Enterprise (formerly GSI Commerce), most recently employed as a senior manager of developer and technology tools for the company. He has led project teams in coordinating complex, concurrent product development initiatives, deployment and forecasting. Previously, Pereira was a senior technical manager and a senior software engineer with a demonstrated expertise in mapping strategic enterprise objectives to technology solutions. “I'm excited to join FreedomPay as it continues its rapid growth into Europe and Latin America,” Pereira said. “My unique skill set will be an important asset to the company in managing its expanding  development pipeline, and I plan to act as the liaison between our business development and sales functions to make sure our message comes across at all levels for this aggressive and innovative company.”

Target CIO Resigns As Retailer Undergoes Security Overhaul

Beth M. Jacob has stepped down from her position as Chief Information Officer at Target, according to a statement from the retailer. The announcement comes on the heels of Target unveiling changes in its information security and compliance division following the substantial data breach that took place in Q4 2013. Target is searching for an interim CIO who is expected to help guide the retailer through the transition, which includes the implementation of smart card technology. Chip-enabled smart-card technology is expected to be rolled out in all store card readers across the U.S. by Q1 2015. The project is anticipated to cost approximately $100 million.
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