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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.

Project Pie Seasons Leadership Team With Two New Execs

Project Pie, a build-your-own-pizza franchise, has added two restaurant veterans to its leadership team. Brian Watkins has been named Director of Operations at Project Pie. With more than 25 years of restaurant experience, Watkins served previously as an operating partner for two Jason’s Delis. Over his 12-year tenure, he supervised eight Pei Wei Asian Diner restaurants in Southern California. At Pei Wei, Watkins managed staff and oversaw the guest experience.

National Retail Federation Appoints Two Execs To Government Relations Positions

The National Retail Federation (NRF) has appointed Paul G. Martino as Vice President and Senior Policy Counsel, and promoted Beth Provenzano to Vice President of Federal Government Relations. Previously, Martino served as Partner and Co-Chair of the Privacy and Data Security practice at law firm Alston & Bird LLP. In addition to working as a consultant for the NRF, Martino served as majority counsel to the Senate Commerce Committee, and acted as a principal advisor on privacy and e-Commerce to Senator John McCain who is Chairman of the Committee.

Five Below Merchandising EVP Resigns

Jeffrey Moore has stepped down from his position as EVP of Merchandising at Five Below, a specialty retailer for teens and pre-teens. Moore has served the company as EVP of Merchandising for the past seven years and reportedly is taking this leave for personal time.

EBay Appoints IBM Exec As President Of Enterprise Business

Global commerce and payment provider eBay Inc. has named IBM alum Craig Hayman as President of eBay Enterprise. Hayman joins eBay Enterprise, an omnichannel commerce and marketing solution provider, with more than 30 years of enterprise technology experience. Over the past 15 years Hayman held leadership and executive positions within the Industry Cloud Solutions and WebSphere businesses at IBM. During his tenure at IBM, Hayman helped spearhead the company’s goal to provide enterprise SaaS solutions targeted at CMOs and e-Commerce professionals. Hayman also led more than a dozen of the company’s acquisitions, including Sterling Commerce and Coremetrics, in which he created a partner network including global and regional system integrators. “We are fortunate to have Craig join our leadership team and lead our Enterprise business unit," said John Donahue, President and CEO of eBay Inc. “Technology continues to have a significant impact on the overall commerce landscape. Craig’s experience will enhance our ability to serve retailers and brands in this online to offline world.”

Reflexis Names Brett Friedman SVP Of Global Sales And Marketing

Reflexis Systems has appointed Brett Friedman as SVP of Global Sales and Marketing. Friedman will be responsible for expanding the company’s sales team. Prior to joining Reflexis, Friedman worked at Infor, where he was responsible for global revenue for the Supply Chain and PLM solutions . During his career, Friedman also served as SVP of Global Sales at Allegro Development and held leadership positions at SAP and i2 Technologies.

EarthLink Creates New Chief Security Officer Role

Internet service provider EarthLink Holdings Corp. has promoted Peter Chronis to Chief Security Officer, a new role within the organization. Chronis has overseen the company’s information security and IT risk management program since 2007. Chronis has more than 15 years of risk management experience within the telecommunications, healthcare, financial and IT service industries.

Former Oracle Exec Joins Smarter Remarketer As EVP

Customer intelligence and marketing automation provider Smarter Remarketer has appointed former Oracle exec Barry Clark to EVP of Sales and Marketing. Clark most recently served as the Group VP of Global Retail Sales at Oracle, where he led a team of more than 300 sales and sales support professionals, as well as industry consultants. Prior to joining Oracle, Clark served as the SVP of Global Sales at Art Technology Group, where he helped secure the company’s acquisition by Oracle for $1 billion. After the acquisition was finalized, Clark was retained by Oracle, where he managed the company’s salesforce integration of Endeca Technologies. His role expanded to include all of Oracle’s global retail sales and related product offerings.

HSN Promotes Martinez To Chief Human Resources Officer

Multichannel retailer HSN, Inc. has promoted its SVP of Talent Management Maria Martinez to Chief Human Resources Officer, effective immediately. In her new role, Martinez will be responsible for executing human resources strategies in support of the company’s business objectives across its HSNi and Cornerstone operating segments. Specifically, Martinez will spearhead talent acquisition and assessment, succession planning, leadership development, employee engagement, performance management, total rewards and wellness programs.

Saks Alum Joins Vera Bradley As EVP Of Retail And Wholesale Sales

Vera Bradley, the handbag, accessories and gift retailer, has named Karen Peters, a former Saks executive, as its new Executive Vice President of Retail and Wholesale Sales. She will report directly to CEO Robert Wallstrom.  In her new position, Peters will oversee Vera Bradley full-line and factory outlet stores. She also will have responsibility for the brand’s indirect channel, which includes gifts and department store relationships, store visual and store real estate. She will split her time between the company’s New York office, its headquarters in Fort Wayne, Ind., and store and retail partners.

Jo-Ann Hires SVPs Of Marketing And Merchandising

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores has onboarded two retail veterans to spearhead its marketing and merchandising departments. Effective immediately, Jim Wright will serve as the company’s Sr. VP of Marketing and Advertising, while Megan Featherston will serve as Sr. VP of Merchandising.

PetSmart Hires New EVP Of Customer Experience

PetSmart has named Phil Bowman Executive Vice President of Customer Experience, a new position within the organization. Bowman, who will report directly to President and CEO David Lenhardt, will join the company on June 30, 2014. Over the course of his career, Bowman has acquired extensive experience in brand-building, digital marketing, e-Commerce, customer data analytics, and creating an integrated customer experience. He most recently served as CMO at online security brokerage company TD Ameritrade. Bowman also has held positions at TD Bank Group, H&R Block, Sprint and PepsiCo. As EVP of Customer Experience, Bowman will “play an important role in accelerating our omnichannel efforts so we are relevant to our customers however and whenever they shop, and in leveraging our customer data to connect in a more personalized way,” Lenhardt explained. “Phil brings the deep expertise needed to develop strategies for creating an unmatched customer experience, both in stores and online, and in developing growth strategies across all platforms.” 

Delhaize Belgium CEO Resigns

Delhaize Group, a Belgian supermarket chain, announced that Dirk Van den Berghe is resigning from his role as CEO of the retailer’s Delhaize Belgium and Luxembourg division effective July 31, 2014.

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.
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