US Foods announces the appointment of Harvard Business School professor Sunil Gupta to the Board of Directors

ROSEMONT, Ill., 2018-Mar-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) announced today (March 06, 2018) that Sunil Gupta, the Edward W. Carter Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, has been appointed to the Board of Directors effective March 1, 2018.

“Sunil is among the most sought-after experts in how technology is shaping business strategies in the digital era,” said Pietro Satriano, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of US Foods. “His experience working with companies across a variety of industries, in addition to the breadth and depth of his marketing insight, will bring a unique expertise to our board.”

“We’re excited to welcome Sunil to the board as an independent director,” said Robert Dutkowsky, Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. “His leadership in digital strategy and marketing will be a tremendous asset.”

Gupta joined Harvard Business School in 2006. He has served as the Chair of the General Management Program for senior executives, Co-Chair of the Driving Digital Strategy executive program since 2013, and served as the Chair of the Marketing department from 2008 to 2013. He is the author of the forthcoming book, Driving Digital Strategy: A Guide to Reimagining Your Business.

Before joining Harvard Business School, Gupta held positions at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, including serving as the Meyer Feldberg Professor of Business. He’s served on the advisory boards of several startups, as well as the board of the American Marketing Association.

He received his Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, a Master of Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management, and holds a doctorate in marketing from Columbia University.

About US Foods

US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With 25,000 employees and more than 60 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill. and generates approximately $24 billion in annual revenue. Visit to learn more.

Sara Matheu
Director of Media Relations
(847) 720-2392

Source: US Foods Holding Corp.

Shopify Inc. announces the appointment of Amy Shapero as Chief Financial Officer

Ottawa, Canada, 2018-Mar-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shopify Inc. (NYSE:SHOP)(TSX:SHOP), the leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform, today (Mar 5, 2018) announced the appointment of Amy Shapero as Chief Financial Officer, effective April 2, 2018.

Shapero joins Shopify from Betterment, an online wealth-management service, where she has served as Chief Financial Officer since 2016. Previously, Shapero was Chief Financial Officer at Sailthru, a SaaS marketing technology provider, and Senior Vice President of Strategy, Corporate Development and Corporate Communications at DigitalGlobe, a big data and analytics provider. Prior to that, she held Chief Financial Officer roles at Spot Holdings, a financial services company, and Standard & Poor’s, a business unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

Shapero began her career as a CPA at Ernst & Young, followed by positions at Credit Suisse and Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

“We’re excited to welcome Amy to Shopify as our new CFO,” said Shopify CEO, Tobi Lütke. “Amy brings extensive financial, operational, and strategic experience. This, combined with her deep knowledge of the technology industry and experience scaling high-growth companies, will be a huge asset to Shopify as we enter our next phase of growth and further our mission to make commerce better for everyone.”

Shapero will succeed Russ Jones, who has served as Shopify’s Chief Financial Officer since 2011. Jones will remain a strategic advisor to the company during a transition period.

“Russ was Shopify’s first CFO, and now he’s our first official retiree. He leaves behind an incredible legacy at Shopify, which includes taking us public. In the last seven years, Russ has been instrumental in growing Shopify from a 50 person company to a leading public SaaS company with over 3,000 employees. We’re very grateful to Russ for his valuable contributions and wish him all the best as he begins his well-deserved retirement,” said Lütke.

Shopify is also pleased to announce the recent addition of Jeff Weiser as Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to joining Shopify, Weiser served as Chief Marketing Officer at Shutterstock (NYSE), held multiple senior level positions with Beachbody (P90X and Shakeology), and performed strategy and analytics roles at SGN (Social Gaming Network), MySpace and Yahoo!. Weiser holds a Bachelors of Arts in English from Yale University and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School.

Craig Miller, Shopify’s former Chief Marketing Officer, will now focus exclusively on his role as Chief Product Officer.

About Shopify

Shopify is the leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform. Merchants can use the software to design, set up, and manage their stores across multiple sales channels, including web, mobile, social media, marketplaces, brick-and-mortar locations, and pop-up shops. The platform also provides merchants with a powerful back-office and a single view of their business. The Shopify platform was engineered for reliability and scale, making enterprise-level technology available to businesses of all sizes. Shopify currently powers over 600,000 businesses in approximately 175 countries and is trusted by brands such as Nestle, Red Bull, Rebecca Minkoff, and Kylie Cosmetics.

Forward-looking Statements

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Sequential Brands Group announces the appointment of Peter Lops as Chief Financial Officer

Viacom Executive to Join Company’s Management Team

NEW YORK, 2018-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (“Sequential” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:SQBG) today (Feb 28, 2018) announced the appointment of Peter Lops as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Lops joins Sequential from Viacom Media Networks where he served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for the Distribution and Business Development division.

In this position, Mr. Lops will be responsible for the Company’s financial operations. He assumes the role from President and Interim CFO Andrew Cooperwho will continue to serve as President.

In announcing the appointment, CEO Karen Murray stated, “Peter has a robust skill set, including extensive public company experience in finance and operations. His background as well as his deep understanding of the licensing business, make him a great addition to the team. We’re thrilled to have him join us.”

Mr. Lops brings with him 20 years of financial and operational experience in the licensing business. In his most recent role at Viacom, he was an integral part of the leadership team that delivered industry leading double-digit growth for nine consecutive years. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis of Viacom Media Networks. Before joining Viacom, Mr. Lops was Vice President of Finance for Fox Television Stations, Inc. For nine years, he held financial roles at the National Football League serving as Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis, Finance Director and Controller. Early in his career, he worked at Andersen LLP, where he led the IPO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.

About Sequential Brands Group

Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) owns, promotes, markets, and licenses a portfolio of consumer brands in the active, home and fashion categories. Sequential seeks to ensure that its brands continue to thrive and grow by employing strong brand management, design, and marketing teams. Sequential has licensed and intends to license its brands in a variety of consumer categories to retailers, wholesalers, and distributors in the United States and around the world.

For more information, please visit Sequential’s website at: To inquire about licensing opportunities, please email:

Investor Relations & Media Contact:

Katherine Nash
(512) 757-2566

Source: Sequential Brands Group, Inc./globenewswire

National Retail Federation announces the appointment of Christian Beckner to head its cybersecurity program

WASHINGTON, 2018-Feb-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation today (February 9, 2018) announced that it has hired Christian Beckner, a top Washington cybersecurity think tank expert and former U.S. Senate homeland security advisor, to head its cybersecurity program that helps retailers protect sensitive consumer data nationwide.

“Protecting consumer data is one of retailers’ top priorities, and Christian is a proven cybersecurity veteran with the expertise and experience to help us combat this never-ending battle,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “His diverse background and in-depth knowledge of technology and security is an unparalleled resource for the retail industry and the consumers they serve.”

As senior director of retail technology, Beckner will lead NRF’s CIO Council, IT Security Council and cybersecurity program, and will be responsible for developing strategies, programs and activities to maintain NRF as the technology leader and convener in the retail sector. Included in the cybersecurity program is the NRF Retail Information Sharing and Analysis Organization and Threat Alert System, which gathers intelligence on cybersecurity threats targeting retailers and alerts companies to help them keep data secure.

“I am looking forward to taking the next step in my career working on behalf of an industry with such a unique set of technology and security challenges,” Beckner said. “Retailers work round-the-clock every day against cyber threats, and I want to use what I’ve learned over the last two decades to help them address these critical issues head on.”

Beckner spent the past five years as deputy director of George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, a think tank where he focused on cybersecurity, counterterrorism and homeland security. He was previously an associate staff director at the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where he was responsible for coordination of oversight and legislation on a broad range of homeland security and intelligence issues. Among other assignments, he contributed to the committee’s investigation of the 2009 Fort Hood terrorist attack. He has worked on cybersecurity and homeland security issues for close to 20 years, including positions at IBM, the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the O’Gara Company.

Beckner holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Stanford University and a master’s degree in foreign service and an MBA, both from Georgetown University.

About NRF
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.


Ana Serafin Smith
(202) 626-8189
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

Ahold Delhaize announces the appointment of Johan Boeijenga as Brand President of Super Indo

Ahold Delhaize announces the appointment of Johan Boeijenga as Brand President of Super Indo


Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2018-Jan-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize announced the appointment of Johan Boeijenga as Brand President of Super Indo, effective April 1, 2018.

Johan joins from the Dutch drugstore chain Kruidvat, with operations in the Netherlands, Belgium and France and part of A.S. Watson B.V, serving as Chief Operating Officer and board member.

He has been in the retail industry for two decades, and started his career with Albert Heijn in the Netherlands in 1988. Since then he has held several positions at Albert Heijn and Ahold, most recently as CEO Ahold Central Europe, Czech Republic and Slovakia until 2009. He also served as CEO TOPS Royal Ahold in Indonesia from 2000 to 2003. Before joining Kruidvat in 2014, Johan worked among others at Jumbo supermarkets in the Netherlands and had his own consultancy firm.

Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
+31 88 6595134

SOURCE: Ahold Delhaize


Lowe’s announces the appointment of Sylvain Prud’homme as president, international

Prud’homme also retains role as President and CEO of Lowe’s Canada

Mooresville, N.C., 2017-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) today (12/06/2017) announced that Sylvain Prud’homme has been appointed president, international, effective Dec. 15. He will report to Chairman, President & CEO Robert A. Niblock and will remain based in Boucherville, Quebec. Prud’homme will continue to serve as president and CEO of Lowe’s Canada and add responsibilities for the Mexico business, with the president of Lowe’s Mexico now reporting to him. This appointment follows the announcement that Richard D. Maltsbarger will be transitioning to chief operating officer of the U.S. business in February.

“Sylvain’s outstanding operational leadership has been instrumental in growing the company into one of the leading home improvement retailers in Canada,” said Niblock. “We continue to be pleased with the integration of RONA and believe we are well positioned for continued success in Canada.”

Niblock added, “Sylvain has more than three decades of experience in the retail industry and we feel confident that he will continue to drive operational excellence for our operations in Canada and Mexico.”

Prud’homme joined as president of Lowe’s Canada in 2013 and, following the acquisition of RONA in 2016, was named president and CEO of Lowe’s Canada. He is responsible for driving the Canadian home improvement business for Lowe’s, including RONA’s network of stores and independent dealers operating under other banners.

“I’m honored to lead strong leadership teams in both Canada and Mexico and continue building on the positive momentum and growth in these operations over the past several years,” said Prud’homme.

Prior to Lowe’s Canada, Prud’homme served as executive vice president of operations and merchandising for Loblaw Companies Limited. He was also president of western operations for Sobeys Inc. and spent several years as senior vice president of operations and merchandising for Walmart Canada.

Prud’homme earned an MBA from the HEC Montreal business school. He is a member of the board of directors for the Retail Council of Canada.

About Lowe’s
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 17 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2016 sales of $65.0 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,370 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 290,000 people. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit

Canada Media Inqueries:

Valérie Gonzalo
Media Relations
Lowe’s Canada – RONA

Shareholders’/Analysts’ Inquiries:

Tiffany Mason
Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

Source: Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

DICK’S Sporting Goods announces the appointment of Paul Gaffney as Chief Technology Officer

Paul Gaffney to Lead DICK’S Overall Technology Efforts

PITTSBURGH, 2017-Nov-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) today  (November 14, 2017) announced Paul Gaffney has been named Chief Technology Officer, effective November 20. In this role, Gaffney will be responsible for the Company’s technology, including infrastructure, eCommerce platforms and new and evolving digital platforms.

“Paul is joining the Company at a critical time as we’re evolving every day through our digital transformation efforts,” said Edward W. Stack, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer. “Paul’s experience will make an immediate impact on the Company and we’re thrilled to welcome him to the DICK’S family.”

Gaffney joins DICK’S from The Home Depot, where he most recently served as the Senior Vice President of Information Technology, responsible for the organization’s software engineering, user-centered design and applications. While at The Home Depot, Gaffney was responsible for leading their digital revolution, inspiring the engineering team to deliver customer focused software to millions of customers and over 400,000 associates.

Paul Gaffney remarked, “I’m excited to join the DICK’S Sporting Goods team at this important time of focus and investment in technology as a key enabler to better communicate with and serve our customers.”

Throughout his career, Gaffney held a variety of senior leadership roles, most notably serving as President and Chief Executive Officer with AAA Northern California. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Harvard University and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

About DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.
Founded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of October 28, 2017, the Company operated more than 715 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations across the United States, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops dedicated to Team Sports, Athletic Apparel, Golf, Lodge/Outdoor, Fitness and Footwear. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy and Field & Stream specialty stores, as well as DICK’S Team Sports HQ, an all-in-one youth sports digital platform offering free league management services, mobile apps for scheduling, communications and live scorekeeping, custom uniforms and FanWear and access to donations and sponsorships. DICK’S offers its products through a content-rich eCommerce platform that is integrated with its store network and provides customers with the convenience and expertise of a 24-hour storefront. For more information, visit the Press Room or Investor Relations pages at


DICK’S Sporting Goods

Source: DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.

Tractor Supply Company announces the appointment of Thomas A. Kingsbury to its Board of Directors

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ:TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, today (Nov. 06, 2017)  announced that Thomas A. Kingsbury has been appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Kingsbury brings a wealth of knowledge and CEO leadership experience to the Tractor Supply Board, having worked in the retail industry for more than 40 years. He has served as a senior executive with several leading retailers, including Kohl’s Corporation and The May Department Stores Company. Mr. Kingsbury has served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Burlington Stores, Inc. since December 2008, and he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors for Burlington Stores, Inc. in May 2014.

“We are thrilled to welcome Tom to our Board of Directors,” said Cynthia Jamison, Tractor Supply Company’s Chairman of the Board. “Tom is a talented leader with a pulse on consumer behavior and purchasing patterns, as well as an expert in merchandising strategies that drive market share growth and margin improvement. As we continue to focus on linking our physical and digital storefronts into one seamless shopping environment through the ONETractor initiative, we look forward to the contributions Tom will bring to the Company.”

Mr. Kingsbury commented, “Tractor Supply has an extremely authentic brand with a proven store growth strategy, unique merchandising assortments, and knowledgeable team members that have made them the leading authority in the rural lifestyle segment. I’m excited to be joining the Company’s Board as Tractor Supply continues to implement strategic initiatives to enhance shareholder value.”

Prior to serving as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Burlington Stores, Inc., Mr. Kingsbury served as Senior Executive Vice President of Information Services, E-Commerce, Marketing and Business Development of Kohl’s Corporation from August 2006 to December 2008. Prior to 2006, Mr. Kingsbury served in various management positions with The May Department Stores Company, an operator of department store chains, commencing in 1976 and as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Filene’s division since February 2000.

About Tractor Supply Company
Founded in 1938, Tractor Supply Company is the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States. At September 30, 2017, the Company operated 1,665 Tractor Supply stores in 49 states and an e-commerce website at Tractor Supply stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses.  Stores are located primarily in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities.  The Company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, livestock, pet and small animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) hardware, truck, towing and tool products; (3) seasonal products, including heating, lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; (4) work/recreational clothing and footwear; and (5) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use.

Tractor Supply Company also owns and operates Petsense, a small-box pet specialty supply retailer focused on meeting the needs of pet owners, primarily in small and mid-size communities, and offering a variety of pet products and services.  At September 30, 2017, the Company operated 162 Petsense stores in 26 states.  For more information on Petsense, visit

Kurt Barton
Chief Financial Officer

Beth Thompson
Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
(615) 440-4000

John Rouleau/Rachel Schacter

Alecia Pulman/Brittany Rae Fraser
(203) 682-8200

Source: Tractor Supply Company/globenewswire

Asda announces the appointment of Roger Burnley as President and CEO

Asda announces the appointment of Roger Burnley as President and CEO


Leeds, UK, 2017-Nov-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (30th October 2017) CEO of Walmart International, Dave Cheesewright announced that Roger Burnley is to take on the role of Asda’s President and CEO from 1st January 2018.

Roger returned to Asda as Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO in October 2016, joining the board following Sean Clarke’s appointment as President and Chief Executive in July 2016.

At the time, Dave Cheesewright described Sean Clarke as “one of our most experienced global executives” whilst also recognising Roger as “a future CEO”.

Commenting on Roger’s appointment, Dave Cheesewright said: “Roger was purposefully brought back to Asda to partner with Sean ahead of the transition to Roger taking up the position of CEO. He and Sean have worked as a great team and I’m really confident in Roger’s ability to continue building upon our returning momentum.

“After more than 21 years with the company, Sean has worked across five international markets including serving as President and CEO of Walmart China and obviously here in the UK too. He’s continually shown the ability to lead critical transformation and the last 15 months are no exception. Sean will continue to lead Asda until the end of December after which, he’s taking some time out and will then remain engaged with Walmart.”

Roger Burnley, said: “Asda is a great business and we’ve started to realise its potential again. Sean’s focus on serving customers and simplifying the business has established a firm foundation on which we can build. Since I returned to Asda last year, I have been encouraged by the passion and professionalism of our colleagues and look forward to leading this terrific team.”

Sean Clarke, said: “Asda is moving in the right direction but there is still much more for us to do. I am excited to see the momentum continue under Roger’s leadership. Walmart has given me and my family some great opportunities. I am looking forward to taking some time out but I will always stay connected to the company.”

Sean remains Asda’s CEO until 31st December and will work closely with Roger to ensure a smooth transition and deliver the best Christmas ever for our customers.

Media contact:
Natalie Chandler
Press Officer
0113 826 2829

Source: ASDA


Barnes & Noble announces the appointment of James Lampassi as VP, Real Estate Development

New York, NY, 2017-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller, today ( July 18, 2017) announced that James Lampassi has been named Vice President, Real Estate Development. Mr. Lampassi, whose appointment is effective July 31, will report directly to Demos Parneros, Chief Executive Officer. In his new role, Mr. Lampassi will have responsibility for developing and executing the real estate strategy as well as lead store development and construction initiatives.  The Company said that David Deason will step down from his current role as Vice President, Development, and enter into a consulting agreement with a guaranteed term through the end of the year, which could be extended further.

“Jim brings a wealth of real estate experience across major retailers including Marshalls, Bed Bath & Beyond and Office Depot, to what is a critical role at Barnes & Noble,” said Mr. Parneros. “I strongly believe that we have the best possible person to help take our stores into the future and grow the business.”

“I also want to thank David for his leadership and outstanding contributions to the company over these past 27 years,” Mr. Parneros added. “I look forward to having David stay on as a consultant providing strategic guidance on our existing portfolio of stores and looking for new store opportunities.”

Mr. Lampassi joins the Company from Petco Animal Supplies Stores, Inc., where he served as Vice President, Real Estate and Construction, in a retail organization with $4.5B in sales and more than 1,440 stores. He led a team of 80 professional site selectors, construction project managers, lease administrators, energy managers, architects and store maintenance managers. The company added nearly 700 stores during Mr. Lampassi’s tenure. He also served as Chairman of Petco’s Real Estate Committee.

Mr. Lampassi has a rich history of retail experience, beginning his career at Grossman’s, Inc., as a Location Research Analyst. He went on to Marshalls, Inc., where he began his 11-year career as a Senior Location Analyst and rose to Manager of Market and Location Research, Regional Real Estate Director of the Western United States, and the Regional Real Estate Director for New England. He also held leadership roles in the real estate segments of Office Depot, Inc., Extended Stay America, Inc., Zoots Corporation and Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc., before coming to Petco, where he has served as Vice President, Real Estate and Construction, for the past 10 years.

Mr. Lampassi currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the International Council of Shopping Centers, of which he has been an active member for more than 25 years. He is a graduate of Salem State University with a Bachelor of Science in Geography, Urban Planning. He has an Executive Master’s in Business Administration from Saint Mary’s College of California.

About Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is the world’s largest bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 633 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, (  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK®tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4.5 million digital books in the US (, plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at

Barnes & Noble®, Barnes & Noble Booksellers® and Barnes &® are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. or its affiliates. NOOK® and the NOOK logos are trademarks of Nook Digital, LLC or its affiliates.

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All Contacts:

Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3323

Andy Milevoj
Vice President, Investor Relations
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3489

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Findel announces the appointment of Stuart Caldwell as Group Chief Financial Officer

LONDON, 2017-Jul-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Findel, the online value retail and education business, is pleased to announce the appointment of Stuart Caldwell as Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with immediate effect.

Stuart has held the position of Acting CFO since April 2017, prior to which he was Group Financial Controller. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. After qualifying within the profession he held a number of roles with Provident Financial plc before moving to Findel in 2010.

As part of this announcement, Stuart will be appointed to the Findel plc Board.

Commenting on the appointment, Ian Burke, Chairman, said:

“I am delighted that Stuart will be taking on the role of CFO on a permanent basis. His knowledge and experience marked him out during the search process, and since joining Findel as Chairman I have been impressed with the positive actions he has undertaken to reinforce the Group finance function.

Stuart’s appointment further strengthens the new management team as we focus on the delivery of our medium-term growth plans.”

The Company confirms that there is no further information about Stuart Caldwell requiring disclosure under paragraph 9.6.13 (1) to (6) of the Listing Rules of the UK Listing Authority.

Ian Burke
Phil Maudsley
0161 303 3465

Tulchan Communications LLP
Susanna Voyle / Will Smith
020 7353 4200

Source: Findel plc

Lenta announces the appointment of Elena Fomina as Chief Marketing Officer

Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2017-Jun-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenta (LSE, MOEX: LNTA), one of the largest retail chains in Russia, today (19 June 2017) announces the appointment of Elena Fomina as Chief Marketing Officer.

Elena Fomina has many years of experience working in marketing, sales and business development both in Russia and abroad, and is a specialist in the retail, FMCG and oil & gas sectors. Before joining Lenta, Elena was most recently Head of Marketing at Bashneft, where she established the marketing department from scratch. She was responsible for developing Bashneft’s product and pricing policies, forecasting and managing the company’s corporate and retail brands. Prior to Bashneft, Elena spent six years at Shell, where she initially oversaw the operational management of the company’s retail chain in Russia and then moved on to lead the development of network strategies for Shell’s global retail network. Elena has also worked at Nike where she helped to build Nike’s mono-brand retail network in Russia.

Elena holds an MBA from Kingston University and has also completed the Senior Executive Programme at London Business School.

Elena will lead Lenta’s revamped marketing department, which now oversees a number of key functions, including brand management, customer loyalty management, consumer communications and trade marketing. Elena will report directly to CEO Jan Dunning.

Lenta’s Chief Executive Officer, Jan Dunning commented: “The shopping needs of Russian consumers continue to evolve with every passing year. It is important than ever for retailers to truly understand customers, communicate with them effectively, increase their loyalty and enhance brand value. These trends were the drivers behind our decision to renew our marketing efforts and invite Elena to join us to drive forward our marketing strategy. I am very pleased to welcome Elena to the Lenta team and I wish her every success in implementing our marketing initiatives building upon our established loyalty programme”.

About Lenta

Lenta is the largest hypermarket chain in Russia (in terms of selling space) and the country’s fourth largest retail chain (in terms of sales as of 1Q2017). The Company was founded in 1993 in St. Petersburg. Lenta operates 195 hypermarkets in 78 cities across Russia and 56 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk and the Central region with a total of approximately 1,170,600 sq.m of selling space. The average Lenta hypermarket store has selling space of approximately 5,700 sq.m. The average Lenta supermarket store has selling space of approximately 900 sq.m. The Company operates seven owned distribution centres.

The Company’s price-led hypermarket formats are differentiated in terms of their promotion and pricing strategies as well as their local product assortment. The Company employed approximately 45,689 people as of 31 December 2016 1.

The Company’s management team combines a mix of local knowledge and international expertise coupled with extensive operational experience in Russia. Lenta’s largest shareholders include TPG Capital and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, both of which are committed to maintaining high standards of corporate governance. Lenta is listed on the London Stock Exchange and on the Moscow Exchange and trades under the ticker: ‘LNTA’.

A brief video summary on Lenta’s business and its Big Data initiative can be seen here.

For further information please visit


Anastasia Kuznetsova
Corporate Communications Manager
Тel:+7 (812) 336 39 97

FTI Consulting
Russian Media:
Anton Karpov & Victoria Afonina
Тel:+7 495 795 06 23

FTI Consulting
International Media:
Leonid Fink & Jenny Payne
Тel: +44 7497 783 705

Source: Lenta

SPAR International announces the appointment of Wouter Lefevere as Head of International Buying

SPAR International announces the appointment of Wouter Lefevere as Head of International Buying


Amsterdam, 2017-Jun-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR International, the world’s largest voluntary food retail chain, has today (JUNE 19, 2017) announced the appointment of Wouter Lefevere as Head of International Buying.

Based in the organization’s international head office in Amsterdam, Mr Lefevere will take on key buying responsibilities including supplier relationships and negotiations, working in close co-operation with SPAR partners worldwide to build on the brand’s growing international scale and presence.

SPAR, which has a presence with 12,545 stores in 44 countries, recently reported sales of €33.1 billion for 2016.

Mr. Lefevere joins SPAR with a wealth of international buying experience, having held a number of senior buying and commercial development roles for Lidl in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Welcoming Mr Lefevere, Tobias Wasmuht, Managing Director of SPAR International said, “Buying better together internationally is a key pillar of the scope of services provided to our partners, and the appointment of Wouter signals our intention to further enhance this scope. Today, we collaborate with our supplier partners on behalf of our SPAR partners in 44 countries across four continents. As a result we have a uniquely strong global network which not only allows us to source better by leveraging our international scale but also to provide extensive market access opportunities for our international suppliers.”

Lefevere will be responsible for delivering on SPAR’s recently launched Buying Better Together strategy, leading a team which will focus on collaboratively working with partners and suppliers in the areas of own brand development, warehouse & logistics, supplier partnerships and analysis & marketing.

Wasmuht continued: “As a partnership of independent retailers and wholesalers, SPAR International doesn’t adopt a traditional transactional supplier-buyer relationship with our SPAR partners but takes a collaborative approach. We offer resources and buying services to our partners to help them grow their business. Wouter and the team will work to grow joint buying volumes of SPAR Partners and the penetration of SPAR International Own Brands, as well as facilitate the pooling of buying volumes of FMCG brands.”

SPAR International works with Partners to develop supply chain, retail operations, staff training, retail design and brand development strategies, while its multi-format strategy sees its Partners operate hypermarket, supermarket, neighbourhood, convenience and online stores, now serving the needs of 13 million customers daily.


SPAR International
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Source: Spar International


Macy’s announces the appointment of Yasir Anwar to the role of EVP and chief technology officer

  • Appointment Is Part of Broader Restructuring of Technology Team to Expand Technological Capabilities and Further Drive Mobile and Digital Growth
  • Mike Robinson to Assume Role of Executive Vice President, Product Management and Customer Experience

CINCINNATI, 2017-Jun-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) today (Jun. 1, 2017) announced the appointment of Yasir Anwar to the role of executive vice president and chief technology officer effective immediately. In this new role, Anwar will oversee all technology functions for Macy’s, Inc. Anwar will drive the alignment of Macy’s, Inc.’s technology efforts with the company’s strategy. He will be responsible for the teams that build the end-to-end ecommerce experience, enterprise-shared services, infrastructure, field services and functional IT support.

Mike Robinson has been named executive vice president, product management and customer experience. In this role, Robinson will manage all aspects of product management, portfolio and user experiences for digital, store and omnichannel systems. Robinson will oversee a unified product and portfolio vision, allowing customers to shop seamlessly and easily across all Macy’s, Inc. channels.

“Maximizing our technology capabilities and continuing the strong growth of our digital and mobile platforms is a high priority for Macy’s, Inc. and we are restructuring our technology teams to support these efforts,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Gennette. “Bringing the Macy’s technology teams together under Yasir’s leadership will result in faster time to market and decision making through a streamlined IT organization that will create nimble platforms for continuous business transformation. Mike’s focus on product and customer experience will ensure that our best customer continues to be able to shop the way she lives both on-line and in-store.”

Anwar and Robinson will report to R.B. Harrison, chief omnichannel and operations officer.

About Yasir Anwar

Yasir Anwar joined as vice president, engineering in May 2012. He was promoted to group vice president, engineering in April 2014 and senior vice president, digital technology in April 2016. Anwar was appointed chief technology officer in February 2017. As a founder of MacysLabs, Anwar introduced lean development practices and established lean delivery teams to transform the delivery model, with a focus on experimentation and customer testing. Prior to joining Macy’s, Anwar was the head of engineering at Walmartlabs, where he built next generation platforms for Walmart Global eCommerce. Previously, Anwar was the head of engineering for and led architecture for

About Macy’s, Inc.

Macy’s, Inc. is one of the nation’s premier retailers. With fiscal 2016 sales of $25.778 billion and approximately 140,000 employees, the company operates more than 700 department stores under the nameplates Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, and approximately 125 specialty stores that include Bloomingdale’s The Outlet, Bluemercury and Macy’s Backstage. Macy’s, Inc. operates stores in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico, as well as, and Bloomingdale’s stores in Dubai and Kuwait are operated by Al Tayer Group LLC under license agreements. Macy’s, Inc. has corporate offices in Cincinnati, Ohio, and New York, New York.

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Macy’s Media:
Blair Fasbender Rosenberg

Macy’s Investors:
Monica Koehler

Source: Macy’s, Inc.

Staples, Inc. announces the appointment of Michelle Bottomley as Chief Marketing Officer

Staples, Inc. announces the appointment of Michelle Bottomley as Chief Marketing Officer


FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2017-May-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) today (May 25, 2017) announced that Michelle Bottomley has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). In this role, Bottomley will be responsible for marketing across Staples, helping to promote the company’s pivot to focusing on its North American Delivery business. She will report to Staples’ Chief Executive Officer and President Shira Goodman.

“Michelle brings tremendous breadth and balance in the marketing profession, and has a well-earned reputation as a leader of high-performing teams,” said Goodman. “Her strong background in business-to-business marketing, including working closely with and leading sales teams, and deep expertise in digital marketing will be critical as we transform Staples to be a solutions provider for businesses.”

Prior to joining Staples, Bottomley was Global Chief Marketing and Sales Officer at the human capital firm Mercer, where she helped significantly grow revenue through world-class branding, demand generation and data-driven digital experiences that integrated marketing and sales. Earlier in her career, she was Chief Marketing Officer for Barclaycard, one of the top five global credit card companies. Her ten-year career at Ogilvy & Mather included the significant growth of Ogilvy’s consulting organization and culminated in her role as Chief Operating Officer of Ogilvy’s flagship office in New York.

Bottomley replaces former CMO Frank Bifulco, who had previously announced his intention to retire in 2017, after three years leading Staples’ marketing organization and helping to launch the recent “It’s Pro Time” campaign.

Staples, Inc.

Staples brings technology and people together in innovative ways to consistently deliver products, services and expertise that elevate and delight customers. Staples is in business with businesses and is passionate about empowering people to become true professionals at work. Headquartered outside of Boston, Mass., Staples, Inc. operates primarily in North America, with additional offices in South America and Asia. More information about Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at

Mark Cautela

Source: Staples, Inc.

### announces the appointment of Allison Abraham as its first chairwoman of its board of directors

Company president Saum Noursalehi elected to the board

SALT LAKE CITY, 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ —, Inc. Common Shares (NASDAQ:OSTK) / Series A Preferred (Medici Ventures’ t0 platform:OSTKP) / Series B Preferred (OTCQB:OSTBP) announces the appointment of Allison Abraham as the company’s first chairwoman of the board of directors. Ms. Abraham has served as a director on the ecommerce leader’s board for 15 years, and is the chairwoman of the board’s audit committee.

Jonathan Johnson, Overstock’s chairman of the board of directors since 2014, remains on the board.  He also continues in his role as president of Medici Ventures, Overstock’s blockchain technology subsidiary.

“Jonathan’s steady hand as chairman has been of great benefit to Overstock through years of our history, and we are grateful he is able to remain on our board of directors now that running our Medici blockchain technology subsidiary is demanding more and more of his efforts,” said Overstock’s CEO and founder, Dr. Patrick M. Byrne. “Allison has long been a strong voice in guiding Overstock in her role as a director from our earliest days. She is the perfect choice to assume the chairwoman role on our board as we continue to set the standard for profitable and sustainable ecommerce growth.”

Also elected to the retailer’s board of directors is Overstock’s president, Saum Noursalehi, joining incumbent directors Dr. Byrne, Barclay F. Corbus, Kirthi Kalyanam, and Joseph J. Tabacco, Jr.

“As president, Saum has already taken decisive steps to maintain Overstock’s position as a leader in home retail for the short and long term,” continued Dr. Byrne. “His deep understanding of both the economic and technical components of ecommerce is a welcome addition to an already strong board.”

About Allison Abraham:

Ms. Abraham is the first chairwoman of Overstock’s board, on which she has held the position of director since 2002. She is a member of the compensation committee and nominating & corporate governance committee, and is the chairwoman of the audit committee. She is currently the president and founder of The Newton School, a private, non-profit school serving grades K-8, located in Sterling, Virginia. Prior to this role, Ms. Abraham managed her own consulting business, served as a director of privately held Precision Imaging, Inc., and was president and director of LifeMinders, Inc., an online direct marketing company, until its acquisition by Cross Media Marketing Corp. in October 2001. Before joining LifeMinders, Ms. Abraham served as chief operating officer of iVillage Inc., an online media company, and as president, COO and director of Shoppers Express, an online grocery service. Ms. Abraham holds a MBA degree from the Darden School at the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Tufts University.

About Saum Noursalehi:

Mr. Noursalehi currently serves as the president of, a role he has held since 2016. He began his career with Overstock in 2005, and has held several roles for the online retailer prior to being named president, including senior vice president of marketing, senior vice president of product development, and chief revenue officer. Noursalehi received a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Utah, has been profiled in publications such as Wired, and was a recipient of the 2015 Utah Business Forty Under 40 award honoring Utah’s top up-and-coming professionals.

About Jonathan Johnson:

Mr. Johnson is president of Medici Ventures, Overstock’s subsidiary that oversees a portfolio of blockchain technology and fintech businesses, including t0, which recently completed the world’s first blockchain-based stock offering on its platform. Johnson joined Overstock in 2002, and has served as the chairman of Overstock’s board of directors since April 2014, transitioning to the position after five years as the company’s president, and later, as the acting CEO and executive vice chairman of the board. He has been an integral part of Overstock’s meteoric growth from a small start-up to a publicly traded company with over $1.8 billion in sales and over 1,700 employees. Johnson received a Bachelor’s Degree in Japanese from Brigham Young University, studied at Osaka University of Foreign Studies in Japan as a Ministry of Education Scholar, and received his Juris Doctor degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.

About, Inc. Common Shares (NASDAQ:OSTK) / Series A Preferred (Medici Ventures’ t0 platform : OSTKP) / Series B Preferred (OTCQB:OSTBP) is an online retailer based in Salt Lake City, Utah that sells a broad range of products at low prices, including furniture, décor, rugs, bedding, jewelry, electronics, apparel, and more, as well as a marketplace providing customers access to hundreds of thousands of products from third-party sellers. Additional stores include, dedicated to selling artisan-crafted products from around the world, and Main Street Revolution, supporting small-scale entrepreneurs in the U.S. by giving them access to our national customer base. Forbes ranked Overstock in its list of the Top 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in 2014. Overstock regularly posts information about the company and other related matters under Investor Relations on its website.

O,,,, Club O, Main Street Revolution, Worldstock and OVillage are registered trademarks of, Inc. and Space Shift are also trademarks of, Inc.  Other service marks, trademarks and trade names which may be referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements include all statements other than statements of historical fact.  Additional information regarding factors that could materially affect results and the accuracy of the forward-looking statements contained herein may be found in the Company’s Form 10-K for the quarter ended December 31, 2016, which was filed with the SEC on March 3, 2017, and any subsequent filings with the SEC.

Media Contact:
Mark Delcorps, Inc.
+1 (801) 947-3564

Investor Contact:
Mark Harden, Inc.
+1 (801) 947-5409

Source:, Inc./globenewswire

J Sainsbury plc announces the appointment of Phil Jordan as Group Chief Information Officer

J Sainsbury plc announces the appointment of Phil Jordan as Group Chief Information Officer


London, 2017-May-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — J Sainsbury plc today (05 May 2017) announces the appointment of Phil Jordan as Group Chief Information Officer (Group CIO). He will join the business in January 2018 and will be a member of Sainsbury’s Operating Board, reporting to Group Chief Executive, Mike Coupe.

Phil Jordan joins from Telefonica where he was Global CIO and previously European CIO. Prior to that, Phil spent a number of years in senior roles at Vodafone, including as CIO UK & Ireland.

Mike Coupe said: “I am pleased to announce that Phil Jordan will be joining us in the role of Group CIO of Sainsbury’s Group. His appointment recognises the strategic importance of digital and information technology as an enabler for our future success and sets us up to deliver excellence in this area across the business.”

Phil Jordan added: “I’m delighted to be joining Sainsbury’s as Group CIO. The role of the Digital & Technology function in the retail sector has never been greater as the pace of change accelerates. Technology and digital services extend to every part of Sainsbury’s and, following its recent expansion, this is a very exciting time to join the Group.”

Phil will be supported in this new role by the D&T business leaders, Richard Newsome (Sainsbury’s), George Goley (Sainsbury’s Argos) and Alan Hyndman (Sainsbury’s Bank).

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Source: Sainsbury’s


Visa Inc. announces the appointment of John F. Lundgren as a new independent director

SAN FRANCISCO, 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) announced today (Apr. 18, 2017) that its board of directors has appointed John F. Lundgren as a new independent director, effective immediately. Mr. Lundgren will also serve as a member of the board’s audit and risk committee.

Mr. Lundgren was chief executive officer (CEO) of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. from March 2010 until his retirement in July 2016. He also served as chairman until December 2016. Previously, Mr. Lundgren served as chairman and CEO of The Stanley Works, a worldwide supplier of consumer products, industrial tools and security solutions for professional, industrial and consumer use, from March 2004 until its merger with Black & Decker in March 2010. During his career, Mr. Lundgren held senior leadership roles at Georgia Pacific Corporation, James River Corporation and Fort James Corporation. Mr. Lundgren serves on the boards of Callaway Golf Company and Staples, Inc.

“I am pleased that, after a thoughtful search, John has been chosen to join Visa’s board of directors,” said Al Kelly, chief executive officer of Visa Inc.“John is an experienced leader with tremendous operational and strategic knowledge in consumer products that will be invaluable to Visa as we expand our network and bring innovative payment solutions to market.”

This new appointment brings Visa’s total board of directors to 10 members. Other members of the Visa Inc. Board of directors can be viewed on our investor relations website:

About Visa Inc.:

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments. We operate one of the world’s most advanced processing networks – VisaNet – that is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud protection for consumers and assured payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa’s innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, pay ahead with prepaid or pay later with credit products. For more information, visit, and @VisaNews.

Media Relations:
Nathaniel Sillin

Investor Relations:
Victoria Hyde-Dunn

Source: Visa Inc.

Hudson’s Bay Company announces the appointment of Dr. Wolfgang Link as CEO of HBC Europe

Dr. Link to establish and drive European strategy including direction of HBC’s €1 billion capital commitment in Germany

TORONTO & NEW YORK & COLOGNE, Germany, 2017-Apr-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hudson’s Bay Company (TSX: HBC) today (April 6, 2017) announced the appointment of Dr. Wolfgang Link as Chief Executive Officer of HBC Europe, effective May 1, 2017. Dr. Link will lead the company’s expansion and growth strategy for the European business including Galeria Kaufhof, Galeria Inno, and the entrance of Hudson’s Bay and Saks OFF 5TH. Reporting to HBC’s Chief Executive Officer, Jerry Storch, Dr. Link will oversee the European management team.

Jerry Storch, HBC’s CEO, stated: “We are pleased to welcome Wolfgang to the HBC family during this new phase of development for our European business, as we prepare to launch two new banners in the region. Wolfgang is an accomplished leader with a proven track record in the retail sector in Germany and throughout Europe. His experience in both digital and traditional channels and profound knowledge of the European market were key in selecting him for this role, and will help foster the expansion and success of HBC Europe, including our significant investment in Germany.”

Richard Baker, Governor and Executive Chairman of HBC, said: “We are committed to our long term strategy in Europe and to the €1 billion capital investment over five to seven years in Germany that we previously announced. Building on the excellent market position of Galeria Kaufhof in Germany and of Galeria Inno in Belgium, we have laid the foundation for expansion in the region. I am pleased to welcome Dr. Wolfgang Link to take our HBC Europe business to the next level.”

Dr. Wolfgang Link commented: “It is an honor for me to join HBC, a proven global leader known for best-in-class retail with exceptional banners. Among Germans, Galeria Kaufhof is the epitome of a great department store, and the same is true in Belgium of Galeria Inno. With the introduction of Saks OFF 5TH in Germany, and both Hudson’s Bay and Saks OFF 5TH in the Netherlands, exciting steps are ahead of us. I look forward to working with the strong HBC Europe management team.”

Dr. Link will join HBC after a decade with Toys”R”Us, where he served as a member of the global executive board and President of Toys”R”Us Europe since 2013. In that role, he was responsible for the company’s business operations in nine countries, including Germany, France, Spain the UK and the Netherlands, with more than 300 stores across Europe as well as country-specific online stores. Before joining Toys”R”Us in 2007 as President, Central Europe, Dr. Link served as Managing Director for the MEDIMAX specialist stores and ElectronicPartner Group Holdings, where he was responsible for the operation of more than 200 specialty stores in Germany, Hungary and Turkey. In addition, Dr. Link served many years in a variety of leadership roles at the METRO Cash and Carry Group, in corporate headquarters in Dusseldorf and in the country business units in Austria and Spain.

Don Watros, President of HBC International, will remain head of the Galeria Kaufhof Supervisory Board and will continue to pursue international opportunities in addition to supporting the company’s North American integration and cost saving initiatives.

Olivier Van den Bossche will be leaving HBC Europe at the end of April to pursue other opportunities.

“We appreciate Olivier’s work to build HBC’s presence in Europe and support the integration of Galeria Kaufhof and Galeria INNO to our business. In addition, he has helped lay the foundation for Hudson’s Bay and Saks OFF 5TH to enter Europe. We wish him the best in his next endeavor,” said Don Watros.

“I have enjoyed working with Olivier both professionally and personally. He is an excellent retailer who has made an indelible mark on our business,” said Jerry Storch.

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 growing through acquisitions, driving the performance of high quality stores and their all-channel offerings and unlocking the value of real estate holdings. Founded in 1670, HBC is the oldest company in North America. HBC’s portfolio today includes ten banners, in formats ranging from luxury to premium department stores to off price fashion shopping destinations, with more than 480 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 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.

Hudson’s Bay Company
Andrew Blecher

Hudson’s Bay Company
Jen Vargas

HBC Europe / GALERIA Kaufhof
Steffen Kern
+49 221 2235595

Hering Schuppener Consulting
Dirk von Manikowsky
+49 211 430 79-265

Source: Hudson’s Bay Company

CommerceHub announces the appointment of Gary Nafus as Chief Revenue Officer

ALBANY, NY, 2017-Apr-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — CommerceHub (NASDAQ: CHUBA) (NASDAQ: CHUBK), a leading distributed commerce network for retailers and brands, today (04/04/17 ) announced the appointment of Gary Nafus as Chief Revenue Officer. As CRO, Nafus will work alongside Founder and CEO Frank Poore to maximize revenue, leading the company’s efforts to identify and execute on opportunities for growth with new and existing customers. In this role, Nafus will oversee CommerceHub’s Sales and Client Service functions and will focus the company’s investments on maximizing value for customers.

“We are committed to partnering with our customers to help them grow and succeed in the rapidly evolving e-commerce industry,” said Poore. “I look forward to working with Gary to drive further growth for our current customers while bringing our expansive network and strategic solutions to new markets.”

Nafus is an enterprise-class software sales executive with nearly 20 years’ experience leading sales for some of the world’s top software companies, including 10 years at Oracle, where he was Vice President of Sales for several verticals including Oracle Retail North America. Most recently, he joins CommerceHub from Marchex where, as CRO, he oversaw the mobile advertising analytics platform’s Sales, Client Services and Marketing departments. Previously, Nafus was Managing Director of Americas for Kenshoo, a global leader in agile marketing.

“I’m excited to join CommerceHub during a time when the company is working strategically with both retailers and brands to meet the increasing demands of consumers to find and buy anything at anytime from anywhere,” Nafus said.

In February, CommerceHub announced 2016 revenue of $100.6 million, a 15% year-over-year increase from 2015. Revenue for the core drop-ship business grew 18%.

About CommerceHub:
CommerceHub is a distributed commerce network connecting supply, demand and delivery that helps retailers and brands increase sales by expanding product assortments, promoting products on the channels that perform, and enabling rapid, on-time customer delivery. With its robust platform and proven scalability, CommerceHub helped nearly 10,000 retailers, brands, and distributors achieve an estimated $13+ billion in Gross Merchandise Value in 2016.

Media Contact: 

Mara Dworkin

Source: CommerceHub

Sequential Brands Group announces the appointment of Karen Murray as CEO

Sequential Brands Group announces the appointment of Karen Murray as CEO


NEW YORK, 2017-Mar-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) (the “Company”) today (March 22, 2017) announced that Karen Murray has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Company.  Ms. Murray has also been appointed to serve as a Director of the Company.  A strong operator who has a depth of management and industry experience, she was most recently President of VF Sportswear, a wholly owned subsidiary of VF Corporation, one of the world’s largest apparel makers. Ms. Murray is replacing Yehuda Shmidman, who is stepping down from his position at the Company and as a member of the Board of Directors.

William Sweedler, Chairman of the Board said, “Karen Murray has outstanding leadership skills and industry experience and she has demonstrated her ability to activate and grow successful brands. We are excited to have an executive of Karen’s caliber join and lead our team at Sequential to grow with us.  I have admired her and watched her thrive in her career, and I am pleased that we will be able to work together.”

“I’m excited to join Sequential Brands Group, a company with powerful brands, world-class licensing and retail partners, and a talented team,” said Ms. Murray. “After 30 years of experience managing consumer brands in both licensing and operating businesses, I’m thrilled to join a company with such strong growth prospects, and I look forward to working with the team.

Prior to joining Sequential, Ms. Murray was the President of VF Sportswear, where she oversaw the $1.2 billion global brand, Nautica, as well as Kipling. She joined VF Sportswear, in 2007 as President of its Nautica Men’s Sportswear and Nautica Jeans Company businesses and the following year, she was appointed President of VF Sportswear. Ms. Murray began her career at Gant, where she remained for nine years before transitioning to Liz Claiborne. She assumed many different roles throughout her tenure at Claiborne, including President from 1998 to 2007.

“On behalf of the Board, I want to thank Yehuda for his service and the contributions he has made during his tenure with the Company,” continued Sweedler. “We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

About Sequential Brands Group, Inc.
Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) owns, promotes, markets, and licenses a portfolio of consumer brands in the fashion, active and home categories.  Sequential seeks to ensure that its brands continue to thrive and grow by employing strong brand management, design and marketing teams.  Sequential has licensed and intends to license its brands in a variety of consumer categories to retailers, wholesalers and distributors in the United States and around the world.  For more information, please visit Sequential’s website at:  To inquire about licensing opportunities, please email:

Media Contact:
Leigh Ann Ambrosi/ Mary Blanton Ogushwitz
T: 212-672-0353/212-259-0534
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Investor Contact:
Sequential Brands Group, Inc.
Katherine Nash
T:  512-757-2566

Source: Sequential Brands Group, Inc./globenewswire

PVH Corps announces the appointment of Amy McPherson to its Board of Director

NEW YORK, 2017-Mar-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — PVH Corp. [NYSE: PVH] announced today (Mar. 22, 2017) that Amy McPherson was appointed to its Board of Directors. Ms. McPherson will serve on the Board’s Audit Committee. The appointment is effective April 25, 2017, the date of the Board’s and Committee’s next scheduled meetings. The number of directors constituting the full Board was increased to 12 in connection with this appointment. Ms. McPherson will be eligible to stand for reelection at the 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

Ms. McPherson has been the President and Managing Director, Europe for Marriott International, Inc., a global lodging company, since 1999. Ms. McPherson has served in various positions of increasing responsibility during her over 30 year career at Marriott.

About PVH Corp.

With a history going back over 135 years, PVH has excelled at growing brands and businesses with rich American heritages, becoming one of the largest apparel companies in the world. We have over 30,000 associates operating in over 40 countries and over $8 billion in annual revenues. We own the iconic CALVIN KLEIN, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, IZOD,ARROW, Speedo*, Warner’s and Olga brands, and market a variety of goods under these and other nationally and internationally known owned and licensed brands.

*The Speedo brand is licensed for North America and the Caribbean in perpetuity from Speedo International, Ltd.

Dana Perlman
Treasurer and Senior Vice President, Business Development and Investor Relations

Source: PVH Corp.

The House of Givenchy announces the appointment of Clare Waight Keller as Artistic Director

The House of Givenchy announces the appointment of Clare Waight Keller as Artistic Director


Paris, 2017-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The House of Givenchy is pleased to announce the appointment of Clare Waight Keller as Artistic Director, effective May 2nd 2017.

Clare Waight Keller will take on all creative responsibilities, including Women’s and Men’s Ready-to-wear and accessories collections, as well as Haute Couture.

Philippe Fortunato, Chief Executive Officer of Givenchy, states: “The teams join me in warmly welcoming Clare Waight Keller into the Givenchy family. I am very excited to see Clare bring her singular sense of elegance and modernity to Givenchy. By exploring our Maison’s 65 year heritage and the outstanding Savoir-Faire of its Ateliers, I am convinced Clare will help Givenchy reach its full potential.”

Bernard Arnault , chairman and CEO of LVMH, declares: “I am very happy to have Clare Waight Keller join the LVMH Group. I believe her widespread expertise and vision will allow Givenchy to enter the next phase of its unique path. I am very much looking forward to her contribution to the Maison’s continued success.”

Clare Waight Keller states: “Hubert de Givenchy’s confident style has always been an inspiration and I am very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this legendary House’s history. I look forward to working with the teams and writing a new chapter in this beautiful story.”

Clare Waight Keller will present her first collection for the House of GIVENCHY in October in Paris, for Spring/Summer 2018.


LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH


Gap Inc. announces the appointment of Mark Breitbard as president and CEO of Banana Republic

SAN FRANCISCO, 2017-Mar-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today (March 14, 2017) announced the appointment of Mark Breitbard as president and chief executive officer of Banana Republic. Breitbard will report to Art Peck, president and chief executive officer of Gap Inc., and will serve on the company’s senior leadership team. Peck will continue to directly oversee Banana Republic until Breitbard joins the company in early May.

“Mark brings significant retail leadership experience to Gap Inc., along with deep knowledge of the company and our customer,” said Peck. “We know what Banana Republic is capable of, and Mark’s ability to drive transformation and innovation will help revitalize the brand and position it to achieve its long-term potential.”

“I believe there’s tremendous opportunity for Banana Republic to differentiate itself with optimized product and customer experiences,” said Breitbard.  “I’m looking forward to working with the Banana Republic team to build the brand for the future.”

Most recently, Breitbard served as chief executive officer at The Gymboree Corporation from 2013 until early 2017. From 2010 to 2013, Breitbard held leadership positions across Gap North America, where he was instrumental in delivering the product-led resurgence of Gap’s North America business. He also served as chief merchandising and creative officer of Old Navy from 2009 to early 2010. Previously, Breitbard served in leadership roles at Levi Strauss & Co. and Abercrombie & Fitch.

Breitbard graduated from Vassar College and earned a Master of Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

About Gap Inc.

Gap Inc. is a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, and Intermix brands. Fiscal year 2016 net sales were $15.5 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in more than 90 countries worldwide through about 3,200 company-operated stores, about 450 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. For more information, please visit



Source: Gap Inc.

Advance Auto Parts announces the appointment of Jeffrey Shepherd as SVP, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer

Proven Executive with Extensive Finance and Auto Industry Expertise to Lead Accounting Function

ROANOKE, Va., 2017-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider that serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers, announced that Jeffrey (Jeff) Shepherd has been appointed Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer, effective today, March 1, 2017.

Mr. Shepherd, 44, brings more than 23 years of experience in accounting and finance to Advance Auto Parts. Mr. Shepherd joins Advance from General Motors (GM), where he served as Controller for General Motors Europe since 2015. Prior to that role, he served as Director – Consolidation and SEC Reporting, and Director – Analysis and Reporting with GM. Before joining GM, Mr. Shepherd served in a variety of leadership roles with Ernst & Young.

“I am excited to have Jeff join Advance. His extensive accounting experience and financial acumen, particularly within the automotive industry, will be valuable assets to the Company as we move forward with executing our strategic business plan,” said Tom Okray, Chief Financial Officer.

Mr. Shepherd said, “I look forward to joining the Advance team and contributing to the Company’s strategic objectives. I am excited to be part of a great team of finance professionals and to lead the accounting function as we execute a well-defined roadmap.”

Jeff Shepherd Biography

Mr. Shepherd joins Advance Auto Parts from General Motors, which he joined in 2010 as Director, Analysis and Reporting. In June 2013, Mr. Shepherd became Director, Consolidation and SEC Reporting, where he implemented process improvement measures to reduce time to close and report results internally and externally. In July 2015, he became Controller – General Motors Europe, where he led a team of over 100 professionals and improved the structure of the regional Controllership function, improving processes and responsibility over the accounting, reporting and controls functions. Prior to joining General Motors in 2010, Mr. Shepherd held various leadership positions at Ernst & Young, including Advisory Services Partner and Assurance and Advisory Services Senior Manager in San Francisco, Zurich, Switzerland, and Detroit. Mr. Shepherd earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with accounting emphasis from Central Michigan University.

About Advance Auto Parts

Advance Auto Parts, Inc. is a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider that serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers. As of December 31, 2016, Advance operated 5,062 stores and 127 WORLDPAC branches and employed 74,000 Team Members in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The company also serves approximately 1,250 independently owned Carquest branded stores across these locations in addition to Mexico and the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, British Virgin Islands and Pacific Islands. Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and on-line shopping for parts, accessories and other offerings can be found on the Company’s website at

Forward Looking Statements

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Media Contact:
Laurie Stacy

Investor Contact:
Zaheed Mawani

Source: Advance Auto Parts, Inc.

Citycon Oyj announces the appointment of Tom Lisiecki as CDO and member of the Corporate Management Committee

Helsinki, Finland, 2017-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tom Lisiecki has been appointed Citycon Oyj’s Chief Development Officer (CDO) and member of the Corporate Management Committee. Mr. Lisiecki (b. 1979) is a Canadian and Polish citizen and has a Bachelor’s degree in economics from University of Toronto, Canada, and an executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Chicago, USA. He will start in his position in summer.

Tom Lisiecki will be responsible for the property developments and transactions in all Citycon countries.

Tom Lisiecki has served in various roles at TriGranit Development Corporation, most recently as the Chief Investment Officer, and has over ten years of experience in the real estate investments and developments. TriGranit is one of the largest privately owned regional real estate investment, development and management companies operating in Central and Eastern Europe.

Citycon Oyj (Nasdaq Helsinki: CTY1S) is a leading owner, developer and manager of urban grocery-anchored shopping centres in the Nordic and Baltic regions, managing assets that total approximately EUR 5 billion and with market capitalisation of over EUR 2 billion. For more information about Citycon, please visit

Marcel Kokkeel
Tel. +358 40 154 6760

Source: Citycon Oyj

Diebold Nixdorf announces the appointment of Murat Ekinci as CIO

NORTH CANTON, Ohio and PADERBORN, Germany, 2017-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold Nixdorf (NYSE: DBD) today (Feb. 21, 2017) announced that Murat Ekinci has been named chief information officer (CIO). In this role, Ekinci will be responsible for leading and overseeing Diebold Nixdorf’s corporate information technology (IT) organization.

With more than 20 years of experience in the IT sector, Ekinci most recently served as executive vice president for managed services at Freudenberg IT, a global provider of managed IT services, where he was responsible for the organization’s managed services business in Europe. Ekinci also held various management positions with T-Systems, a German global IT services and consulting company. He will be based in Paderborn, Germany and report to Dr. Juergen Wunram, chief operating officer. Ekinci holds a degree in telecommunications engineering.

“We are pleased to welcome Murat into our newly combined company,” Wunram said. “His experience and successful track record as an IT leader will be valuable to our organization as we further our leadership role in connected commerce for the financial and retail industries.”

About Diebold Nixdorf

Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated is a world leader in enabling connected commerce for millions of consumers each day across the financial and retail industries. Its software-defined solutions bridge the physical and digital worlds of cash and consumer transactions conveniently, securely and efficiently. As an innovation partner for nearly all of the world’s top 100 financial institutions and a majority of the top 25 global retailers, Diebold Nixdorf delivers unparalleled services and technology that are essential to evolve in an ‘always on’ and changing consumer landscape.

Diebold Nixdorf has a presence in more than 130 countries with approximately 25,000 employees worldwide. The organization maintains corporate offices in North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn, Germany. Shares are traded on the New York and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol ‘DBD’. Visit for more information.

Media Relations:
Mike Jacobsen

Investor Relations:
Steve Virostek

Germany Media Relations:
Andreas Bruck
+49 151 1512 3018

SOURCE: Diebold Nixdorf

LCP announces the appointment of Jonathan Cooper as new asset manager

LCP announces the appointment of Jonathan Cooper as new asset manager


LONDON, 2017-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — LCP is pleased to announce the appointment of a new asset manager as it continues to grow its commercial property portfolio.

Jonathan Cooper joins the Kingswinford office from GVA Birmingham where he was a senior surveyor in the property management consultancy.

At LCP, Jonathan, who is MRICS qualified, will take on the role of lease advisory surveyor and will focus on the burgeoning industrial portfolio, looking at all aspects of strategic property matters, including acquisitions, lease renewals, rent reviews, and re-gearing.

He has 14 years’ experience in the commercial property sector, which also includes three years at national property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

“LCP is going through a very exciting period and is demonstrating a very proactive approach towards investment,” said Jonathan. “When the opportunity arose to work for such a major property investor and to be involved in all property matters on the portfolio, I was keen to play a role.”

Andrew Preston, industrial portfolio manager, said: “In the past two years, we have increased our portfolio and are actively looking to acquire new sites over the next 12 months. Recruiting new staff is crucial to achieving that aim and we are pleased to welcome Jonathan to the industrial team.”


Tel: 020 7233 5255
Fax: 020 7233 5266

Source: LCP


RILA welcomes the appointment of Steven Mnuchin as U.S. Secretary of Treasury

Arlington , VA, 2017-Feb-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association released the following statement congratulating Steven Mnuchin on being appointed U.S. Secretary of Treasury:

“RILA congratulates Steven Mnuchin on his appointment to Secretary of Treasury. We look forward to working with the Department on policies that grow our nation’s economy, promote free and fair trade, and uphold sound financial reforms that protect America’s retailers and our consumers.”

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.


Christin Fernandez
Vice President, Communications
Phone: 703-600-2039

Source: RILA

Accenture announces the appointment of Laura Gurski as Senior Managing Director, Products

Accenture announces the appointment of Laura Gurski as Senior Managing Director, Products


CHICAGO, 2017-Feb-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Accenture today (Feb. 9, 2017 ) announced the appointment of Laura Gurski as Senior Managing Director, Products – effective immediately. As the head of Accenture’s Customer and Channels Consulting Practice for Products, Ms. Gurski will oversee the development and delivery of marketing, customer service, commerce and sales transformation services.

Her key focus will be to help clients define their digital strategies, make insight-driven decisions and deliver the right experience, the right content, the right brand and the right products to their customers, in a new era of hyper-personalization.

Ms. Gurski joins Accenture from A.T. Kearney and brings more than 20 years’ consulting experience at the firm. In her most recent role, she led its services and industry practices, overseeing 3,500 consultants. Previously, she was head of the company’s global Consumer Products & Retail practice, where she focused on driving profitability through growth strategy and organization transformation.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Gurski held senior positions in brand management, merchant and product marketing.

“We continue to focus on hiring and nurturing the very best talent to help our clients compete in today’s digital world,” said Sander van’t Noordende, Group Chief Executive – Products. “Laura brings vast industry knowledge and experience to Accenture and I am thrilled to welcome her to our senior leadership team, helping us deliver a compelling customer experience for automotive, consumer goods, industrial, life sciences, retail and travel clients.”

Commenting on her new role, Gurski said: “Digital technologies have disrupted our clients’ businesses. As their customers move throughout their day, their needs and behaviors are driving a new set of expectations. This is shaping a whole new ecosystem for companies and how they meet the needs of their customers. I have long admired Accenture and am looking forward to helping clients transform their marketing and sales function, achieve consumer intimacy through digital, and develop innovative solutions for the digital world.”

In 2011, Ms. Gurski was recognized by Consulting magazine as one of the Top 25 industry Consultants for her service to clients. She is a member of the Chicago Network, Executives’ Club of Chicago and Women’s Leadership program.

About Accenture
Accenture (NYSE: ACN) is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 394,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at


Aleks Vujanic
+ 44 7500 974 814

Source: Accenture