Anna Karin Holck appointed new VP Customer Experience of the KappAhl Group

Anna Karin Holck appointed new VP Customer Experience of the KappAhl Group


Mölndal, Sweden, 2017-Nov-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Anna Karin Holck has been appointed new Vice President Customer Experience of the KappAhl Group. Since 2013 she is Country Manager of KappAhl Sweden and has before that extensive experience from leadership in the retail industry.

“Anna Karin has a strong commitment to the digital transformation we are in. She has successfully navigated the work of strengthening customer relationships and developing our sales organization in Sweden. I am very pleased that we soon will be taking advantage of her skills and commitment in the entire Group.” says KappAhl’s President and CEO Danny Feltmann.

Anna Karin Holck has been appointed to lead and develop the work within the KappAhl Customer Experience organization. Anna Karin has many years of leadership experience from retail and chain operations, from a strategic and operational perspective. She has previously worked as Sales Director at MQ Retail AB (publ.) and before that she was Retail Manager Specsavers Sweden. She was born in 1968, has a grade in economy from IHM Business School and works as Country Manager Sweden at KappAhl since 2013.

Anna Karin Holck will assume her new position when her successor as Country Manager Sweden has been appointed. In the meantime, KappAhl’s CEO Danny Feltmann is acting Vice President Customer Experience.

KappAhl was founded in Gothenburg in 1953 and is a leading fashion chain in the Nordic region with 370 KappAhl and Newbie stores, including Shop Online, in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Poland and Great Britain. Our business idea is to offer value-for-money fashion of our own design to the many people. Sustainability-labeled fashion accounts for 53 per cent of the range. Sales for 2016/2017 totaled SEK 4.9 billion and the company has approx. 4,000 employees in nine countries. KappAhl is quoted on Nasdaq Stockholm. More information at

For more information:
Danny Feltmann
President and CEO
Tel +46 31 771 5661

Charlotte Högberg
Head Corporate Communications
+46 704 715 631

Source: KappAhl


Kristal Howard appointed Head of Corporate Communications and Media Relations at Kroger

CINCINNATI, 2017-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced today (April 24, 2017) Kristal Howard has been named Head of Corporate Communications and Media Relations.

Ms. Howard will be responsible for national media and corporate communications and will serve as the company’s spokesperson.

“Kristal is a consummate PR pro who understands the intersection of food, media, our customers and other stakeholders,” said Keith Dailey, Kroger’s senior director of external affairs. “We are excited she has accepted this new role to help elevate Kroger’s unique story.”

Ms. Howard has been serving as public relations manager for Kroger’s Dallas and Houston divisions since 2010. She has been recognized as one of the nation’s “Top 30 under 30” PR professionals by PR News in 2013, included in Progressive Grocer magazine’s Top Women in Grocery, and was recently named one of 10 “Black Women to Know in PR, Tech & Digital Media” in Ebony magazine. She is a graduate of the University of Houston.

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 443,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,796 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to our 2,255 pharmacies, 784 convenience stores, 319 fine jewelry stores, 220 retail health clinics, 1,445 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Roger Farah, James Lillie and Francesco Trapani appointed independent directors to Tiffany & Co. Board of Directors

NEW YORK, 2017-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) and JANA Partners LLC, which together with Francesco Trapani owns approximately 5.1% of Tiffany’s outstanding shares, today (February 21, 2017 ) announced agreements pursuant to which Tiffany & Co. will appoint three new independent directors to its Board of Directors: Roger Farah, James Lillie and Mr. Trapani, effective no later than March 6, 2017. With the addition of Messrs. Farah, Lillie and Trapani, the Tiffany & Co. Board will increase from 10 to 13 members.

In addition, Mr. Trapani will join the Board’s nominating and corporate governance committee and the search committee formed by the Board of Directors to oversee the Company’s previously announced search for a new chief executive officer. The search committee is being assisted by a leading executive search firm.

Tiffany also announced that the Company will be limiting waivers under the retirement age provisions in its governance documents, such that, in accordance with the mandatory retirement age, one current director will not stand for reelection at the 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and two current directors will not stand for reelection at the 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

“We are excited to be adding such distinguished directors to our Board as part of our ongoing process to refresh the Board, and we are pleased to have worked cooperatively with JANA Partners to have met our objective,” said Michael J. Kowalski, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Interim CEO. “These three new directors are all accomplished executives with a broad range of relevant experience and skills that will benefit all shareholders as we focus on accelerating the execution of our core business strategies. We also believe the strength of our Board will be an asset in our ongoing CEO search process. I look forward to completing that process and welcoming our new CEO to our Board and, after an appropriate period, I anticipate being able to relinquish my responsibilities as Chairman to a successor.”

In connection with the appointments, Tiffany & Co. has entered into cooperation agreements with each of JANA Partners and Mr. Trapani. Under the agreements, Tiffany & Co. will nominate Messrs. Farah, Lillie and Trapani for election to the Board at the Company’s 2017 Annual Meeting of Shareholders and JANA Partners and Mr. Trapani have agreed to customary standstill and voting commitments. Additionally, pursuant to these agreements, JANA Partners and Mr. Trapani are committed to be independent of each other going forward. Copies of the cooperation agreements will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Barry Rosenstein, Managing Partner of JANA Partners, commented, “We are very pleased to have worked constructively with Tiffany & Co. to appoint Roger, James and Francesco to the Board. Their fresh perspective and unique insight will be invaluable as the Board keeps working to improve performance and create shareholder value.”

About Roger Farah.

Roger N. Farah, 64, has served as the Co-Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the board of Tory Burch LLC since September 2014. Mr. Farah has over 40 years of experience in the lifestyle products and retailing sectors. Mr. Farah was a member of the board of Ralph Lauren Corporation from 2000 to 2014, where he also served as President and Chief Operating Officer from 2000 to 2013 and as Executive Vice Chairman from November 2013 to May 2014. Prior to joining Ralph Lauren Corporation, he served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Venator Group, Inc. (now Foot Locker, Inc.), as President and Chief Operating Officer of R.H. Macy & Co., Inc. and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Federated Merchandising Services. Mr. Farah currently serves on the boards of The Progressive Corporation and Aetna, Inc., and as a non-executive director of Metro Bank PLC. Mr. Farah holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business

About James Lillie.

James Lillie, 55, is the former Chief Executive Officer at Jarden Corporation. Mr. Lillie has over 20 years of experience in the consumer products sector. Mr. Lillie held senior positions at Jarden Corporation from August 2003through the sale of the company to Newell Brands in April 2016, including as Chief Operating Officer immediately prior to assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Jarden, Mr. Lillie served as Executive Vice President of Operations at Moore Corporation Limited and held several senior level management positions at portfolio companies of Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Company. Mr. Lillie serves on the boards of Nomad Foods Limited and Royal Oak Charcoal, and previously served on the boards of Radio Prisa in Spain and the US-China Business Council. Mr. Lillie holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin.

About Francesco Trapani.

Francesco Trapani, 59, is the former Chief Executive Officer at Bulgari. Mr. Trapani has over three decades of experience in the luxury retail sector. From 1984 until 2011, Mr. Trapani led Bulgari, including in connection with the company’s listing on the Italian Stock Exchange, creation of Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, and acquisition by LVMH in 2011. From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Trapani served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the LVMH Watches and Jewelry Division. Mr. Trapani joined Clessidra SGR, the largest private equity fund in Italy, as Executive Vice-Chairman in 2014, and later served as Chairman of the Board until the company’s sale in 2016. Mr. Trapani holds a degree in business administration from the University of Naples.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements contained in this document that are not statements of historical fact, including those that refer to the Company’s strategies and the pace of execution thereon, the Company’s search for a successor CEO and the Company’s objectives to focus on improving performance and creating shareholder value, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

The potential risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ from the predicted results, performance or achievements include, among others, global macroeconomic and geopolitical developments; changes in interest and foreign currency rates; changes in taxation policies and regulations; shifting tourism trends; regional instability, violence (including terrorist activities), political activities or events, and weather conditions that may affect local and tourist consumer spending; changes in consumer confidence, preferences and shopping patterns, as well as our ability to accurately predict and timely respond to such changes; shifts in the Company’s product and geographic sales mix; variations in the cost and availability of diamonds, gemstones and precious metals; changes in our competitive landscape; our ability to successfully control costs and execute on, and achieve the expected benefits from, our operational and strategic initiatives; and any difficulties or delays we encounter in identifying a successor CEO.

Additional information about potential risks and uncertainties that could affect the Company’s business and financial results is included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2016, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and Current Reports on Form 8-K. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as required by applicable law or regulation.

Mark L. Aaron

Source: Tiffany & Co.

Perry Ellis International director Jane E. DeFlorio appointed to DDR’s Board of Directors

BEACHWOOD, Ohio, 2017-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — DDR Corp. (NYSE: DDR) today (Jan 31, 2017) announced that Jane E. DeFlorio, lead independent director of Perry Ellis International, Inc., has been appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately.

Ms. DeFlorio is a seasoned investment banker who has extensive experience advising mid- to large-cap retail and e-commerce clients on shareholder value creation strategies, mergers and acquisitions, capital structure, and product and market expansion initiatives. Ms. DeFlorio was a former managing director in the U.S. Retail and Consumer Investment Banking Group with Deutsche Bank Securities. Prior to her time at Deutsche Bank, Ms. DeFlorio served as an executive director in investment banking at UBS, where she advised a wide range of mid- to large-cap retail and consumer clients. Previously, she served as a vice president in investment banking at Morgan Stanley & Co., where she specialized in advising e-commerce companies.

In her current role at Perry Ellis, Ms. DeFlorio serves on the audit, governance and investment committees of the board.  Ms. DeFlorio also serves on several non-profit boards, including as vice chair of the Board of Trustees and chair of the audit and risk committee at The New School University, and as a member of the board of governors at The Parsons School of Design. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and an MBA from Harvard University.

“We are extremely pleased to have Jane join our board. Given her diverse background in finance and retail, Jane will be a valuable resource for both the board and management in this rapidly evolving retail environment,” said Tom August, president and chief executive officer of DDR.

Terrence R. Ahern, chairman of the board, added, “DDR is intently focused on assisting our tenants to provide the best retail experience for their customers.  One way we do this is by attracting persons with deep retailing expertise to both our board and management team.  Jane is exactly the type of retail professional to fill that role and we are excited for her to join us.”

About DDR Corp.

DDR is an owner and manager of 319 value-oriented shopping centers representing 106 million square feet in 35 states and Puerto Rico.  The Company’s assets are concentrated in high barrier-to-entry markets with stable population and high growth potential and its portfolio is actively managed to create long-term shareholder value. DDR is a self-administered and self-managed REIT operating as a fully integrated real estate company, and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol DDR. Additional information about the Company is available at


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Gary Philbin appointed Enterprise President of Dollar Tree, Inc. and Duncan Mac Naughton as President of the Family Dollar Banner

CHESAPEAKE, Va, 2017-Jan-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores, today (January 05, 2017) announced management changes, including the promotion of Gary Philbin and the addition of Duncan Mac Naughton.

Gary Philbin, age 60, has been promoted to Enterprise President of Dollar Tree, Inc. In his new role, Mr. Philbin’s responsibilities will include store operations, merchandising, marketing and real estate across all banners including Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree Canada. He will continue to report to Bob Sasser, Chief Executive Officer.

With more than 15 years at Dollar Tree, Mr. Philbin has served in numerous leadership capacities within the Dollar Tree, Dollar Tree Canada and Family Dollar banners. He most recently served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Family Dollar, where he oversaw the development of strategic initiatives and the successful achievement of budgetary, synergy, and transition goals following Dollar Tree’s acquisition of Family Dollar in July 2015. From 2007 to 2015, prior to the acquisition of Family Dollar, he served as President, Chief Operating Officer for the Dollar Tree banner. He began his career with Dollar Tree in 2001 as Senior Vice President of Stores.

“I am extremely pleased to have Gary assume this important role for our organization,” said Bob Sasser, Chief Executive Officer. “Since joining Dollar Tree in 2001 as Senior Vice President of Stores and later as President and Chief Operating Officer, Gary has played an integral role in our growth, success and sector-leading profitability. With his experience at Dollar Tree, Dollar Tree Canada and most recently his outstanding leadership as President of Family Dollar, Gary is uniquely positioned to contribute to our continued success in his new role as Enterprise President.”

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to lead the Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree Canada teams in this new role as Enterprise President,” said Philbin. “Additionally, I would like to welcome Duncan Mac Naughton to the Family Dollar team. Duncan is an accomplished retail leader and will be instrumental in continuing to develop and improve the Family Dollar banner through an intense focus on the customer. I also want to thank the thousands of Family Dollar team members across the country for their dedication and efforts through the past eighteen months of integration.”

Duncan Mac Naughton, age 54, has joined the Company as President and Chief Operating Officer of Family Dollar. He will report to Gary Philbin, Enterprise President of Dollar Tree, Inc.

Mr. Mac Naughton has more than 30 years of leadership experience in the food, grocery, mass merchant and specialty retail industries. He most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of Mills Fleet Farm. He has held numerous leadership roles at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., including Chief Merchandising and Marketing Officer of Wal-Mart U.S. from 2011 to 2014, Executive Vice President of Consumables Healthand Wellness and from 2010 to 2011, and Chief Merchandising Officer of Wal-Mart Canada from 2009 to 2010. From 2006 to 2009, he served as Executive Vice President, Merchandising and Marketing for Supervalu, Inc., including serving as the Head of the Health and Wellness Division.

“I look forward to working with Duncan as we continue to develop the Family Dollar banner to its highest level of productivity,” Sasser continued. “Just as we have done at Dollar Tree, our goal is to serve the Family Dollar customer with terrific merchandise values in stores that offer a bright, fun and friendly shopping environment. Duncan brings a tremendous amount of experience, retail acumen and energy to our Family Dollar brand and to the entire Dollar Tree organization. With his extensive leadership experience in the discount retail industry, Duncan can immediately make important contributions to our organization. There are exciting opportunities ahead for the Family Dollar banner under Duncan’s leadership.”

“I am honored to lead the Family Dollar team, a well-recognized brand with a legacy of delivering value and convenience for more than five decades,” said Mac Naughton. “In partnership with Bob, Gary and the entire management team, I relish the opportunity to grow and improve the Family Dollar business. Our focus will continue to be on meeting the everyday needs of our customers – through providing terrific values, affordable prices, and the right assortment in clean, convenient and shopper friendly stores.”

Shared Services, including Strategic Planning, Finance, Supply Chain, Corporate Administration, Audit and Legal, will continue to report to Bob Sasser, Chief Executive Officer, as will Gary Philbin in his new role of Enterprise President.

Dollar Tree, a Fortune 200 Company, operated 14,284 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces as of October 29, 2016. Stores operate under the brands of Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, and Dollar Tree Canada. To learn more about the Company, visit

A WARNING ABOUT FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: Our press release contains “forward-looking statements” as that term is used in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements address future events, developments or results and typically use words such as believe, anticipate, expect, intend, plan, forecast, or estimate. For example, our forward-looking statements include statements regarding our infrastructure, growth prospects and future financial and operating results. For a discussion of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could affect our future events, developments or results, you should carefully review the “Risk Factors,” “Business” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed March 28, 2016 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We are not obligated to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained in this press release to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this report and you should not expect us to do so.

Randy Guiler
Vice President, Investor Relations

Source: Dollar Tree, Inc.

Immochan France CFO Benoît Chang appointed CEO of the Alliages & Territoires company

Paris, 2017-Jan-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Benoît Chang, Chief Financial Officer at Immochan France, is appointed CEO of the Alliages & Territoires company.

Benoît Chang is now responsible for translating the ambition of the two shareholders in Alliages & Territoires, Immochan and Dalian Wanda Group to create a unique and innovative location in France, in the heart of Greater Paris: EuropaCity. With his operational and international professional experience, his mission is to lead the EuropaCity project following the public debate and thus to prepare the various administrative procedures that are involved in this new development phase.

Benoît Chang, 42, graduate of the ESCP, began his career with CEGELEC where he held various financial management positions, both internationally (Brazil and Indonesia) and in France. He then supported the development of a Parisian IT startup for two years before joining the Groupe Auchan Group 2004 as CFO, and becoming Director of Risk and Planning at ONEY bank in Portugal.

In 2009, Benoît Chang became Chief Financial Officer at Immochan France with particular responsibility for redesigning the property strategy. He has been working on the EuropaCity project since 2009 and is in the Board of the Alliages & Territoires company since 2016.

Benoît Chang, CEO of the Alliages & Territoires company states: “At a time when the digital revolution is changing all our known modes of interaction and profoundly affecting the lifestyles of men and women, EuropaCity will be the response of ambitious entrepreneurs to this new world.

It is an honour for me to participate in the creation of this major project in France that is emblematic of the Greater Paris of tomorrow.

My ambition is to make EuropaCity a unique place of original experiences, accessible to all and built on a combination of sharing, authenticity, fun and innovation.

This project will also be an opportunity to create a new economic, social, societal and environmental dynamic for North-Eastern Paris.”

EuropaCity in figures:
• 3.1 billion euros of private investment
• A new combination of leisure, culture, commerce, hotels, restaurants and green spaces
• 80 hectares within the 299 hectares of the ZAC du Triangle de Gonesse
• 10 ha parkland
• 7 ha of urban farm
• Just 24 minutes from Paris-Saint-Lazare railway station and 7 minutes from ParisCharles de Gaulle airport

About EuropaCity

EuropaCity is a new French project of national importance funded by private investment of 3.1 billion euros, initiated and supported by Alliages & Territoires, subsidiary of Immochan. From 2024, it will offer a new leisure area, open to all, between Paris and Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. Located in the Triangle de Gonesse, as part of a public development project supported by Grand Paris Aménagement, it will combine leisure, culture, commerce, hotels and restaurants aimed all residents of the Ile de France, and national and international tourists. Its objective is to support the development of Grand Roissy, to the direct benefit of the inhabitants of the area. EuropaCity is one of the flagship projects of Greater Paris.

For more information:
Website :
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Twitter : @EuropaCity
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Media Contacts:
Agence Wellcom
Audrey Houssais – ThomasAlves-Chaintreau
Tél. : +33(0)1 46 34 60

Source: EuropaCity

Jean-Marc Jestin appointed to the role of Chairman of the Executive Board, Klépierre

Paris, 2016-Nov-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Supervisory Board, as part of its succession plan for Klépierre management, held a meeting on November 7, 2016 and unanimously decided to promote Jean-Marc Jestin, current member of the Executive Board, to the role of Chairman of the Executive Board, with effect from the date hereof, thus replacing Laurent Morel. The transition is part of the Supervisory Board’s succession plan that included Jean-Marc Jestin’s appointment as Chief Operating Officer and member of the Executive Board of Klépierre in 2012.

“This is the right time for Jean-Marc Jestin to become Klépierre’s next Chairman of the Executive Board. We have selected a highly qualified leader at a time when Klépierre is in a very strong financial and operational position,” said Mr. David Simon, Chairman of the Klépierre Supervisory Board.

“Since joining Klépierre in 2012, Jean-Marc has been an outstanding Chief Operating Officer,” Mr. Simon continued. “He has an in-depth knowledge of the organization and his tenure has yielded excellent operating improvements and financial results across the company, including being instrumental in leading the highly successful acquisition and integration of Corio. His leadership, combined with his vision and energy, will help set the tone for the future of Klépierre. The entire Supervisory Board is pleased that its succession planning has produced an executive of Jean-Marc’s caliber who is ready to be the company’s Chairman of the Executive Board and lead the implementation of our going-forward strategies.”

The Supervisory Board wishes to thank Laurent Morel for his role in the development and growth of Klépierre, making it today one of the leaders of the industry in Continental Europe. “He has been a trusted and valued leader of Klépierre, and we wish him well in his future endeavors,” said Mr. Simon.

“After these very active and transformational years for Klépierre, I am extremely proud of the company’s achievements and I am sure it will be in good hands to continue on its successful track,” said Laurent Morel.

“I am excited and honored to become Chairman of the Executive Board,” said Jean-Marc Jestin. “We have an incredibly talented management team and we will continue to be laser-focused on maximizing opportunities for the company and delivering high quality shopping experience for our customers and tenants as well as robust and sustainable financial performances for the benefit of our shareholders.”

The Group will continue to be under the management of an Executive Board, which will now be composed of Jean-Marc Jestin and Jean-Michel Gault, Deputy CEO.


A leading pure play shopping center property company in Europe, Klépierre combines development, rental, property and asset management skills. The company’s portfolio is valued at EUR 22.6 billion at June 30, 2016 and comprises large shopping centers in 16 countries in Continental Europe which altogether welcome 1.2 billion visitors per year. Klépierre holds a controlling stake in Steen & Strøm (56.1%), Scandinavia’s number one shopping center owner and manager. Klépierre is a French REIT (SIIC) listed on Euronext Paris and included in the CAC 40, EPRA Euro Zone and GPR 250 indexes. It is also included in ethical indexes, such as DJSI World and Europe, FTSE4Good, STOXX® Global ESG Leaders, Euronext Vigeo France 20 and World 120, and Euronext Low Carbon 100 Europe, and is ranked as a Green Star by GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark). These distinctions underscore the Group’s commitment to a proactive sustainable development policy. For more information, visit our website:


February 6, 2017 Full year earnings (press release after market close)


+ 33 (0)1 40 67 51 85

+ 33 (0)1 40 67 52 24


Burson-Marsteller i&e
+33 (0)1 56 03 13 01

Camille PETIT
Burson-Marsteller i&e
+33 (0)1 56 03 12 98

This press release is available on Klépierre’s website:

Source: Klépierre

Management team appointed for the expansion of HBC Europe into the Netherlands

TORONTO & COLOGNE, 2016-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hudson’s Bay Company (“HBC” or “Company”) is pleased to announce the appointment of its management team for the expansion of HBC Europe into the Netherlands. The appointed managers are well acquainted with the Dutch market and its customers and bring with them a wealth of experience from the department store sector in the Netherlands.

In May, HBC announced that it intends to enter the Netherlands with up to 20 new stores over the next two years. With the department store Hudson’s Bay and the premium off-price format Saks OFF 5TH, HBC’s expansion into the Netherlands introduces two new exciting retail concepts to the Dutch market. The Company is leveraging the existing European business infrastructure which is located with its headquarters in Cologne. The Dutch team will report to Olivier Van den Bossche, Head of HBC’s European department store business.

Olivier Van den Bossche stated:
“Opening 20 stores for two banners in two years requires a strong team with thorough knowledge of the local market. We are very excited about the composition of our team in the Netherlands. They all have excellent and complementary department store know-how with different backgrounds, and are well known in the Dutch market. We are very proud that we were able to assemble this experienced team for HBC.”

Mr. Jacco Van der Steen will be Director Marketing and Buying at Hudson’s Bay in the Netherlands. In addition, he will be leading the management team. Jacco Van der Steen has worked for many years at the high-end department store chain De Bijenkorf in the Netherlands. As Director Marketing and Buying he is also responsible for the Belgium sister company Galeria Inno.

Mr. Edwin Boer will be Director Store Operations at Hudson’s Bay in the Netherlands. He worked for more than ten years at De Bijenkorf in the Netherlands and most recently at the Dutch department store group HEMA.

Mrs. Kirsten Nijmeijer will be Director Human Resources at Hudson’s Bay in the Netherlands. She has worked for many years as HR Manager for MEXX Europe and for fashion companies like PVH Europe (Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger) and WE Fashion in Utrecht.

Mrs. Elly Zwinnen is Regional Sales Manager of Galeria Inno. She will take on the project management for Hudson’s Bay in the Netherlands.

About Hudson’s Bay Company
Hudson’s Bay Company is one of the fastest-growing department store retailers in the world, based on its successful formula of driving the performance of high quality stores and their all channel offerings, unlocking the value of real estate holdings and growing through acquisitions. Founded in 1670, HBC is the oldest company in North America. HBC’s portfolio today includes ten banners, in formats ranging from luxury to better department stores to off price fashion shopping destinations, with more than 460 stores and 66,000 employees around the world. In North America, HBC’s leading banners include Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Gilt, and Saks OFF 5TH, along with Find @ Lord & Taylor and Home Outfitters. In Europe, its banners include GALERIA Kaufhof, the largest department store group in Germany, Belgium’s only department store group Galeria INNO, as well as Sportarena. HBC has significant investments in real estate joint ventures. It has partnered with Simon Property Group Inc. in the HBS Global Properties Joint Venture, which owns properties in the United States and Germany. In Canada, it has partnered with RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust in the RioCan-HBC Joint Venture.


Citigate First Financial
Marieke Heringa

Ingrid Prins

Hudson’s Bay Company
Andrew Blecher

Gerd Koslowski


Management team appointed for the expansion of HBC Europe into the Netherlands
Management team appointed for the expansion of HBC Europe into the Netherlands


Source: HBC

Dan Guglielmone appointed Executive VP, CFO & Treasurer at Federal Realty Investment Trust

ROCKVILLE, Md., 2016-Jul-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Federal Realty Investment Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Dan Guglielmone to the position of Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer, effective August 15, 2016. In this role, Mr. Guglielmone will be a member of the Firm’s Executive and Investment Committees and will be responsible for all capital markets activity along with east coast acquisitions. In addition, he will be responsible for the oversight of the accounting, financial reporting and investor relations functions. Dan will be based at Federal’s Headquarters in Rockville, Md.

Mr. Guglielmone comes from real estate powerhouse Vornado Realty Trust where he has served since 2003 as its Senior Vice President, Acquisitions and Capital Markets. Prior to his time at Vornado, Dan spent 10 years in Investment Banking in the Real Estate and Lodging Group at Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup in New York. Mr. Guglielmone holds a Bachelors in Applied Economics from Cornell University and a Masters in Management with a Concentration in Finance from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. He is an active member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) as well as the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and was a member of the Toys “R” Us Board from 2013 through 2015.

“I couldn’t be more pleased that we were able to attract such a well-respected 25 year commercial real estate veteran to our senior ranks” said Donald C. Wood, Federal Realty’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Dan’s breadth of experience from both investment banking at a top tier firm and one of the largest and most respected commercial real estate firms in the country, will complement both our existing team and the growing needs and expectations of our fast expanding platform over the next decade and beyond.”

About Federal Realty

Federal Realty is a recognized leader in the ownership, operation and redevelopment of high-quality retail based properties located primarily in major coastal markets from Washington, D.C. to Bostonas well as San Francisco and Los Angeles. Founded in 1962, our mission is to deliver long term, sustainable growth through investing in densely populated, affluent communities where retail demand exceeds supply. Our expertise includes creating urban, mixed-use neighborhoods like Santana Row in San Jose, California, Pike & Rose in North Bethesda, Maryland and Assembly Rowin Somerville, Massachusetts. These unique and vibrant environments that combine shopping, dining, living and working provide a destination experience valued by their respective communities.Federal Realty’s 96 properties include over 2,800 tenants, in approximately 22 million square feet, and over 1,800 residential units.

Federal Realty has paid quarterly dividends to its shareholders continuously since its founding in 1962, and has increased its dividend rate for 48 consecutive years, the longest record in the REIT industry. Federal Realty shares are traded on the NYSE under the symbol FRT. For additional information about Federal Realty and its properties, visit

Investor Inquiries:

Leah Andress
Investor Relations Associate

Media Inquiries:

Andrea Simpson
Vice President, Marketing

SOURCE: Federal Realty Investment Trust


Jackie Ledwich appointed Food Services Development Manager Motor Fuel Group

Hertfordshire, England, 2016-Jul-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Top 50 Indies forecourt operator, Motor Fuel Group (MFG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jackie Ledwich as its new food services development manager.

Jackie joins us from the Kout Food Group where she was responsible for rolling out the Little Chef, Subway and Burger King brands across 30 of their roadside restaurants.

Richard Baker, MFG’s retail director said: “This is a key appointment for the organisation in expanding the choice and quality of our food to go offering to customers. In her role Jackie will be responsible for both identifying the best brands and ensuring they are implemented in our stations to the highest standards.”


Address:Motor Fuel Limited
Building 2
Abbey View
Everard Close
St Albans

Phone:+44 (0) 1727 898 890
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Jackie Ledwich appointed Food Services Development Manager Motor Fuel Group
Jackie Ledwich appointed Food Services Development Manager Motor Fuel Group


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Walmart Canada: Lee Tappenden appointed President and CEO; Bob Hakeem as COO

Mississauga, ON, 2016-Jun-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart Canada today announced the appointment of Lee Tappenden, Chief Operations Officer, Walmart Canada to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer, Walmart Canada, effective August 15. Tappenden joined Walmart in 1996 and has held a number of global leadership roles with the company, including Chief Merchandising Officer with Walmart Japan and Vice President of Merchandising for the International Division.

After joining the Walmart Canada leadership team in 2010 as Senior Vice President, Merchandise Operations, Tappenden also served as Chief Merchandising Officer. He sits on the Board of Governors for Children’s Miracle Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children at 170 hospitals across North America. Tappenden will report to David Cheesewright, President and Chief Executive Officer, Walmart International.

“Lee is extremely well poised to lead Walmart Canada and continue the momentum of growth we are seeing in this market,” said David Cheesewright, President and Chief Executive Officer, Walmart International. “He has demonstrated outstanding leadership throughout his career with Walmart internationally in both merchandising and operations, but he also brings to the role a real passion and heart for our associates and customers. Lee is the kind of person who genuinely cares about the well-being of the people who work in and shop at our stores every day – and that’s one of the things that make him an incredibly special leader,” he said.

“I’ve had the privilege of getting to know the team at Walmart Canada over the past six years,” said Tappenden. “Together, we have seen significant growth of our business, including a focus on fresh food and investments in eCommerce. I look forward to leading the team as we embark on an exciting time for our business and for our customers,” he said.

With today’s announcement, Bob Hakeem, Chief Administrative Officer, Walmart Canada will assume the role of Chief Operations Officer. After joining Walmart Canada in 2008 as Senior Vice President for the Walmart Canada People Division, Hakeem was named Executive Vice President, Human Resources in 2012. He has played an important role in developing talent and bench strength in the organization, while also helping guide the business through the introduction of Supercentres and other major changes in the market. Hakeem brings to the role more than 25 years of business experience and is an executive board member for the Retail Council of Canada.

About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of more than 400 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada’s flagship online store, is visited by 600,000 customers daily. With more than 95,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada’s largest employers and is ranked one of the country’s top 10 most influential brands. Walmart is committed to generating zero waste, being supplied by 100 per cent renewable energy and offering customers products that are produced responsibly. Walmart Canada’s extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart has raised and donated more than $250 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found at

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 260 million customers and members visit our 11,527 stores under 63 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2016 revenue of $482 billion, Walmart employs more than 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting on Facebook at and on Twitter at Online merchandise sales are available at and

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Corporate Affairs, Walmart Canada

Source: Walmart Canada