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.

Paytronix Hires New Business Development Director

Paytronix Systems, a provider of loyalty, gift, comp and email solutions for restaurants, has hired Jim Thiele as Director of Business Development, a new title within the organization. In his position, Thiele will tap his previous knowledge and experience to boost sales for Paytronix, while also managing sales relationships in the southeast area of the U.S. Prior to joining Paytronix, Thiele was a National Sales Director for Tillster, a customer engagement and digital ordering program provider for quick-serve and casual dining businesses. Thiele also has worked for companies such as Panasonic USA and NCR.

Single Touch Appoints Toys “R” Us Alum To Head National Retail Sales

  Single Touch Systems, Inc., a mobile media solution provider, has hired former Toys “R” Us executive Adam Meshekow as its new Head of National Retail Sales. In his new position, Meshekow will focus on improving the company’s direct sales and marketing strategies by developing plans for future engagement strategies and overall product development. Previously, Meshekow served as Mobile Brand Marketing Manager at Toys “R” Us. During his tenure, he successfully drove more than $100 million in sales through mobile coupons, rewards and sweepstakes. Prior to that, Meshekow was the Mobile Marketing Director at Seqrets, LLC.

PCMS Names Andrew Winans As New CEO Of Americas

  PCMS, an international software and IT consulting services provider, named Andrew Winans as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Americas. With more than 25 years of retail industry experience, Winans will lead PCMS business strategy and overall growth, with a focus on developing the staff and running overall company operations. Winans also will focus on maintaining and improving customer service excellence with new and existing PCMS clients. Prior to joining PCMS, Winans most recently served as President of Walton Creek Ventures and QuantiSense. He also held positions with The Nielsen Company, Netezza (now a division of IBM), MicroStrategy, Tandem (now a division of HP) and NCR.

Ralph Lauren Hires Yves Saint Laurent Veteran To Head Luxury Collections

In an effort to expand its global luxury business, Ralph Lauren has named Valérie Hermann President of Luxury Collections, a new title within the organization.  Hermann will be responsible for the overall strategy, merchandising and distribution of the Ralph Lauren luxury business, which spans across men’s and women’s apparel, RRL and accessories, fine jewelry, eyewear and fragrances. Starting in April 2014, Hermann will report directly to Ralph Lauren, Chairman and CEO of Ralph Lauren Corporation, and will join the Office of the Chairman.

TXT Hires New CMO, SVP Of North America

TXT e-solutions, an international software products and solution provider, has appointed Peter Charness to Senior Vice President (SVP) of North America and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Charness has extensive experience in the merchandise and supply chain planning space, and previously held leadership roles at JDA Software and Manthan Systems. In his new role as SVP of North America and CMO, Charness will help TXT improve relationships with its customer base of more than 350 global brands and retailers worldwide, while expanding its presence in the U.S. 

Harvey Nichols Appoints Former Burberry CFO As CEO

Harvey Nichols, a UK-based luxury fashion retailer, has selected Stacey Cartwright as the new CEO for all Harvey Nichols Group companies.  Cartwright replaces Joseph Wan, who was at the helm as CEO for 21 years. She will officially join the company starting Feb. 17, 2014. “I am delighted to be joining Harvey Nichols at such an exciting time in the luxury retail market; a market which demonstrates significant potential and for which I have enormous passion,” Cartwright said. “I am excited by the opportunity to further develop this world class brand both in the UK and internationally.” Prior to joining the Harvey Nichols C-suite, Cartwright was CFO and Executive VP of Burberry Group Plc. During her nine-year tenure, Cartwright helped transform Burberry into a top luxury brand, helping to increase company revenue from $1.1 billion in 2004 to more than $3.3 billion in 2013. She also helped the brand expand into new markets, including China and the Middle East. “Nothing gives me greater pleasure than handing over to Stacey a stronger Harvey Nichols than the one I joined,” Wan said. “I wish Stacey well in her new role and under her leadership, I look forward to seeing Harvey Nichols growing…

Vera Bradley Creates New Chief Merchandising Officer Position

  Accessory brand Vera Bradley is moving into 2014 with a new Chief Merchandising Officer. The title is a new addition to the executive team. As Chief Merchandising Officer, Sue Fuller will help lead the charge for Vera Bradley’s overall direction and execution, ensuring the brand DNA remains consistent across all products and channels. Bringing more than 15 years of merchandising experience to the table, Fuller previously worked for leading brands and retailers, such as Kohl’s Department Stores, Land’s End, L.L. Bean and Polo Ralph Lauren. "We are excited to welcome Sue to our senior leadership team," said Robert Wallstrom, CEO of Vera Bradley. "I believe Sue's talent and passion will bring more discipline to our merchandising process. Her broad experience across various merchandise categories and price points added to our strong design organization will help us strengthen our current assortments, grow revenues and deliver solid margin results while further engaging our customer."  

Barnes & Noble Hires Michael P. Huseby As CEO

Barnes & Noble has appointed Michael P. Huseby as CEO, effective Jan. 8, 2014. In his new position, Huseby will be responsible for all company units, which include Barnes & Noble Retail, Barnes & Noble College and NOOK Media. He will serve, and report to, the company’s Board of Directors. Huseby noted that his primary goal in his new position is to “enhance and unlock the value of these businesses for our shareholders. We are well-positioned in today’s dynamic reading and learning markets and confident in our ability to provide our customers with the best content offerings, digital media and educational products available in today’s marketplace.” Since initially joining Barnes & Noble in 2012, Huseby has quickly accelerated up the company ranks, first serving as CFO. In July 2013, he was promoted to President. “Since the day he joined the company, Mike has proven to be an excellent financial and business executive, whose leadership skills have earned the respect of the entire organization, as well as our Board of Directors,” said Leonard Riggio, Chairman of Barnes & Noble, Inc. “Although a relative newcomer to the retail book business, he has quickly developed a comprehensive understanding of the unique opportunities and…

Select Comfort Adds New CMO

Select Comfort, a bedding manufacturer and retailer, has announced that Kevin Brown will be joining the company as its new SVP and CMO. Brown joins the company with more than 20 years of experience in marketing leadership in retail, consumer durables and business development consulting. In his position, Brown will be responsible for leading the enhancement and implementation of a new marketing strategy and a media formula designed to help boost Select Comfort growth potential. He recently served as Group VP and CMO for the retailer Meijer, Inc., and has held executive marketing roles at Sears Holding Corporation, Jo-Ann Stores and Accenture. “Kevin brings a history of proven leadership in consumer products, retail brand marketing and business development that fits well with our unique vertical business model and strong Sleep Number brand experience,” said Shelly Ibach, President and CEO of Select Comfort. “We look forward to integrating Kevin’s consumer focused marketing expertise and strategic business orientation across our consumer touch-points — from digital to store experience.”

WhiteWave Foods Appoints Kevin Yost As Earthbound Farm President

The WhiteWave Food Company, a plant-based foods and beverages manufacturer and distributor, announced the appointment of Kevin C. Yost as President of the company’s Earthbound Farm business. WhiteWave completed its acquisition of Earthbound Farm on Jan. 2, 2014.  In his position, Yost will report report to Gregg Engles, CEO and Chairman of The WhiteWave Foods Company. He also will serve on the company’s Executive Leadership Team. Yost has more than 22 years of CPG and food industry experience, holding positions at companies including Dean Foods’ Morningstar division, ConAgra Foods, and Swift and Company. Most recently, Yost had tenure at Saputo, Inc., a worldwide consumer packaged goods (CPG) company, as Chief Operating Officer and President of the U.S. Dairy Foods Division. “We are excited to have Kevin grow and lead the Earthbound Farm business and the company’s talent,” said Gregg Engles, CEO and Chairman of The WhiteWave Foods Company. “His deep experience leading companies through change, improving operations, leading product development, driving above-market revenue and earnings growth, and building winning cultures makes him the perfect leader for Earthbound Farm.”
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