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.

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.

Revlon Appoints Two New Executives

Cosmetics brand Revlon, Inc. named Gianni Pieraccioni as Executive Vice President (EVP) and Global President of the Revlon Consumer Division after former EVP and Chief Operating Officer Chris Elshaw announced his departure, effective immediately. Pieraccioni most recently served as EVP and Chief Commercial Officer for Alitalia. Throughout his career, Pieraccioni has worked for several consumer and luxury goods brands, including Averna Group, Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo and Procter & Gamble.

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.”
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