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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.

Target Appoints Dament To Revamp Its Food Business

Target has appointed Anne Dament to the role of SVP of Merchandising. In this role, Dament will lead the strategic repositioning of Target’s food business by introducing new assortments and merchandising strategies, including meal solutions and grab-and-go options. The hiring of Dament comes as the retailer continues its shift to make healthier food options simpler and more attainable based on consumer insights.

RichRelevance Adds Two Execs To Leadership Team

RichRelevance, a provider of omnichannel personalization solutions, has added two new executives to it leadership team. Mahesh Tyagarajan will serve as Chief Product Officer, and will oversee product strategy and management, engineering, cloud operation and infrastructure. John Dickson will serve as VP of Client Services to help drive company expansion. Tyagarajan joins RichRelevance from Walmart, where he led the development of the retailer’s Global e-Commerce (GeC) Platform at WalmartLabs and created the roadmap for the modernization of retail technology systems. His technology responsibilities at Walmart included e-Commerce, omnichannel retail, POS, store back-office systems, warehouse management, next-generation logistics and mobile applications. Dickson previously served in executive roles at MicroStrategy and Business Objects. In both positions, he led professional services teams to deliver enterprise deployments.

Edgecase Appoints New CEO To Help Meet Strategic Objectives

Edgecase, a provider of adaptive navigation solutions, has appointed Susanne Bowen as CEO. In her position, Bowen will develop the company’s strategic vision and scale operations to meet business demands. Edgecase Co-Founder and former CEO Garrett Eastham will remain responsible for product and technology innovation as Chief Product Officer. Over the past year, Edgecase has nearly doubled its revenue and client base. The Edgecase solution is designed to empower brands and retailers to expand their merchandising data and vocabulary to make search experiences more relevant. Retailers that partner with Edgecase are positioned to experience a number of benefits, including lower bounce rates, as well as increased page views, conversion rates and social sharing. Brands currently tapping Edgecase to create more inspirational shopping experiences include Crate & Barrel, Golfsmith, LDProducts and Urban Decay.

Former Dell Exec Joins RadioShack As CEO

Standard General LP, the hedge fund that purchased RadioShack out of bankruptcy on March 31, 2015, has hired former Dell executive Ron Garriques to be the retailer’s next CEO. Garriques replaces Joe Magnacca, who stepped down a day after the sale to Standard General. The hiring is part of Standard General’s attempt to revitalize the brand, which has taken major hits over the past few years leading up to its bankruptcy filing in February 2015. In an interview with CNBC, Garriques said the chain would focus on locations in small cities with populations of 5,000 to 100,000. He noted that in these cities, there is still demand  for a neighborhood electronics store.

Former Frito-Lay Exec Joins IDC As Retail Analyst

Former Frito-Lay supply chain leader Victoria Brown has joined IDC Retail Insights as a Senior Research Analyst for the Retail Supply Chain. In this role, Brown will spearhead the supply chain research program, which covers topics that include inventory management, warehouse management, logistics and omnichannel distributed order orchestration. At Frito-Lay, Brown oversaw load balance and tracking distribution channels for the company’s third largest plant in North America. Brown previously held supply chain positions at VistaPrint and Procter & Gamble.

J.C. Penney CMO Resigns

Debra Berman, Chief Marketing Officer at J.C. Penney, has resigned from her position effective immediately. In her role, Berman launched the retailer’s "When it fits, you feel it" slogan, oversaw the company's first sponsorship of NBC's Olympic broadcast and helped orchestrate an initiative during the 2014 World Cup developed to engage Hispanic consumers.

Former eBay VP Joins Deliv Team

Deliv has onboarded Kenneth Pate, former VP of Product Management at eBay, as its new Head of Product. In his new position, Pate will be responsible for maintaining the Deliv experience for retailers, consumers, drivers and mall operators.  During his tenure at eBay, Pate led product and engineering teams to build a variety of retail products. His experience in helping retailers build world-class customer experiences will be invaluable as Deliv tackles its business goals for 2015 and beyond, according to Daphne Carmeli, Founder and CEO of Deliv.

Kenneth Cole Names Marc Schneider As CEO

Kenneth Cole Productions has appointed Marc Schneider as its CEO, where he will assume responsibility for the company’s retail, outlet, e-Commerce, international, licensing and wholesale businesses. Schneider will report to Kenneth Cole, who will continue as Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer. Schneider will start his new position Feb. 23, 2015.

Credorax Adds Visa Alum To Board Of Directors

Online payment processor and bank services acquirer Credorax has named Joshua Floum Chairman of its Board of Directors. In this role, Floum will further facilitate the company’s growth in merchant acquisition. Prior to joining Credorax, Floum served as the EVP and General Counsel at Visa. Reporting directly to the CEO, Floum also served on the Visa Executive Committee and helped guide the company through its merger and birth as a global public company. He devised the company’s “retrospective responsibility” plan, and built Visa’s legal and government relation departments to global world-class scale. 

Target Appoints New CIO To Lead Digital Transformation

Target has appointed Tesco alum Mike McNamara as its new Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Information Officer (CIO). McNamara will replace Bob DeRodes, who is retiring after guiding Target’s information security efforts. He will report directly to CEO and Chairman Brian Cornell.  In his new position, McNamara will help Target advance its digital transformation and reaffirm its position as an omnichannel retailer. He will oversee the retailer’s technology team and operations, and will help shape overall enterprise strategy with the Target leadership team.

Lululemon Athletica Founder Steps Down From Board Of Directors

Founder of lulemon athletica, Chip Wilson, has announced that he is leaving the board of directors since the company is now "back on track" with a solid management team, according to Reuters. "I believe that now is the right time to step away from the board," Wilson said in a statement on Monday. "I now believe the company has returned to the core values that made it great."

Sears Canada Appoints Ronald Boire As President And CEO

Sears Canada has named Ronald Boire its full-time President and CEO, a position he has held on an interim basis since Oct. 15, 2014. Boire initially joined the executive team after former President and CEO Douglas Campbell resigned for personal reasons. Prior to his role with Sears Canada, Boire was EVP, Chief Merchandising Officer and President of Sears and Kmart stores in the U.S. Throughout his career, he has held executive positions at Brookstone, Toys ‘R’ Us and Best Buy as well as senior roles at Sony Electronics.

Smarter Remarketer Rebrands As Smarter HQ

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Smarter Remarketer, a marketing automation platform provider for retailers, has changed its name and will now operate as Smarter HQ. The name change was implemented to better reflect the company’s expanded solution suite. Smarter HQ also revealed that its current President, Michael Osborne, will take on the role of CEO.…
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J. Crew CFO Jumps To Lululemon

J. Crew CFO Stuart C. Haselden is leaving his post to join the executive team at lululemon athletica. Haselden will start his position as CFO for the workout apparel retailer on Feb. 2, 2015. He is replacing John Currie, who announced his retirement in June 2014.

Oracle Names Former IBM Exec General Manager Of Retail Division

Oracle has appointed Jill Puleri as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Oracle Retail. Most recently, Puleri served as Worldwide Retail Industry Leader for IBM Global Business Services. In her new position at Oracle Retail, Puleri will be responsible for the Oracle Retail Global Business Unit and report directly to Mike Webster, who is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Oracle’s Retail and Hospitality divisions. With more than 20 years of experience in the retail industry, Puleri has held a variety of leadership positions in sales, marketing and consulting.
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