Marks & Spencer appoints Starcount to help enhance customer understanding and predict future buying behaviour

LONDON, 2018-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks & Spencer today (06 February 2018) announces the appointment of data science company, Starcount, as part of its ongoing programme of change under its five-year transformation plans. The partnership will help enhance customer understanding and insight through personalisation of M&S’ loyalty and CRM programmes including M&S’s Sparks Card.

Sparks, which currently has over 6 million members, is a key tool for customer insight and engagement and central to helping M&S become a digital-first retailer. Starcount, led by Edwina Dunn and Clive Humby, will utilise its pioneering and innovative approach and technology to map out customer passions in order to predict future buying behaviour.

Starcount’s appointment follows a Marketing Team restructure last month to ensure that the team is more closely aligned to the strategic priorities of the business. Marketing and customer engagement play a significant part in M&S’ transformation ensuring it is faster, more commercial and acutely focused on our customers.

Rob Weston who was appointed Marketing Director, Brand & Customer as part of the restructure, said: “I am really looking forward to working with Starcount in my new role. Sparks plays a huge part in helping with our transformation and having the best partners will enable us to focus on achieving a seamless experience for our customers.”

Edwina Dunn, CEO, Starcount, said: “We are delighted to be working with M&S and partnering with them on predicting their customers’ wants and needs. Starcount’s expertise is the science of purchase and intent, understanding the ‘why’ behind M&S customer purchases to help deliver growth, profitability as well as a seamless customer experience.”

Notes to Editors:

Making M&S Special 

In November 2017 Marks & Spencer set out a transformation programme for the business concentrating on Restoring the Basics, Shaping the Future and Making M&S Special.

Under this transformation programme, Making M&S Special, M&S has to date announced:  

  • A slowdown in the Simply Food store opening programme
  • An acceleration of the UK store estate programme
  • The sale and franchise of its retail business in Hong Kong and Macau
  • A new Technology Transformation Programme
  • Improvements to its Clothing & Home Logistics Network
  • The restructure of the Customer, Marketing & Digital Team

For further information, please contact:

Corporate Press Office:
020 8718 1919

Source: Marks & Spencer

Bartell Drugs appoints Adam Wampler as new SVP of Operations

SEATTLE, 2018-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bartell Drugs, the country’s largest and oldest family owned pharmacy, announced that it has hired Adam Wampler as new Senior Vice President of Operations.

Wampler has over 30 years of experience working with Safeway, and the Safeway/Albertsons organization. In his most recent position as its Northern California Senior Vice President of Operations, Wampler was responsible for profitability, store conditions, diversity, and employee development across Safeway/Albertson’s 283 stores in three states. He also held leadership roles in marketing execution, store design, and store layout.

“Adam’s experience in grocery and retail are a great fit for Bartell Drugs,” said Bartell’s CEO, Kathi Lentzsch. “His focus on delivering an exceptional store experience through employee development and seamless operations will expand upon our famous Red Vest service.”

Bartell Drugs has been family owned since its inception in Seattle in 1890. Since then, it has led the way in convenient and friendly pharmacy and retail experiences for generations of Puget Sound customers. The company continues to base its business on providing a personalized shopping experience for the neighbors it serves in the King, Snohomish and Pierce Counties.

About Bartell Drugs:
Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 128-year history based here in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future — and how the drugstore chain can better serve its customers. With exceptional customer service, locally made products and an emphasis on overall wellbeing, Bartell Drugs is here to help. Operating 67 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain.  For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit

Media Contact:

Ric Brewer
Senior Communications Manager
Bartell Drugs

Source: Bartell Drugs

Xcel Brands appoints Deborah Weinswig to its board of directors

NEW YORK, 2018-Jan-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) announced today (Jan. 25, 2018) the appointment of Deborah Weinswig to its board of directors. A leading global retail analyst, Weinswig is the Managing Director of FGRT (Fung Global Retail & Technology), the think tank for the Hong Kong-based Fung Group.

Robert D’Loren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Xcel Brands, Inc. said, “We are thrilled to add Deborah to our board of directors. She is a highly respected innovator in retail and technology and brings deep expertise and thought leadership to our organization. I look forward to working together to drive change and develop new solutions for today’s retail challenges.”

As Managing Director of FGRT, Weinswig built the team’s research capabilities and provided insights into the advanced technologies that are changing the global retail industry. Earlier, Weinswig served as Head of the Global Staples & Consumer Discretionary Team at Citi Research. She was ranked as the #1 analyst by Institutional Investor for 9 consecutive years, and in 2012 was named one of Business Insider’s “36 Best Analysts on Wall Street.”

“It is exciting to be joining the board of Xcel Brands, a company I have long admired for its bold leadership in disrupting the retail environment,” commented Weinswig. “The combined forces of Xcel’s senior executive team and board of directors will continue to leverage breakthrough technologies that expand the business and create greater value to shareholders, retail partners, and consumers.”

Weinswig is a member of the advisory board of numerous accelerators including Alchemist Accelerator, where she serves as faculty mentor; The Cage, a Hong Kong–based accelerator powered by The Lane Crawford Joyce Group; Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator; Grand Central Tech; New York Fashion Tech Lab; Plug and Play; Revtech Accelerator; Techstars; TrueStart (UK); and XRC Labs. Weinswig also serves as an advisor to companies such as Eventable, Enterworks, Fashwire, LincGlobal, Nanopay, Rich Receipts, Smartzer, Tooso, SupplyAI, TigerTrade, and TRIVVER.

Weinswig was named among the top five retail influencers of 2018 and 2017 by Vend, the cloud-based point-of-sale and retail platform, and is a recipient of the Asia Retail Congress’s Retail Leadership Award.
In addition, she serves as an e-commerce expert for the International Council of Shopping Centers’ (ICSC’s) Research Task Force and was a founding member of the Oracle Retail Industry Strategy Council. She is a member of the board of directors of Kiabi (affiliated with the Auchan Group); an executive board member of The Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing at the University of Arizona; and an advisory board member of the World Retail Congress and a founding member of the Goodwill Retail Advisory Council.  She also serves on the boards of numerous philanthropic organizations, including GoodXChange and Street Soccer USA.

Ms. Weinswig’s appointment to Xcel’s board fills a vacancy following the retirement of Edward Jones.  In accordance with Xcel’s board procedures, Ms. Weinswig will be a candidate for re-election to the board at the company’s annual meeting of stockholders.

About Xcel Brands (
Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) is a media and consumer products company engaged in the design, production, licensing, marketing and direct-to-consumer sales of branded apparel, footwear, accessories, jewelry, home goods, and other consumer products, and the acquisition of dynamic consumer lifestyle brands. Xcel was founded by Robert W. D’Loren in 2011 with a vision to reimagine shopping, entertainment and social as one. Xcel owns and manages the Isaac Mizrahi, Judith Ripka, H Halston, C. Wonder and Highline Collective brands, pioneering an omnichannel sales strategy which includes the promotion and sale of products under its brands through direct-response television, internet, brick and mortar retail, and e-commerce channels. Headquartered in New York City, Xcel Brands is led by an executive team with significant technology, design, merchandising, production, marketing, retailing, and licensing experience and a proven track record of success in elevating branded consumer products companies. With a team of over 100 professionals focused on design, production, and digital marketing, Xcel maintains control of product quality and promotion across all of its product categories and distribution channels. The total lifetime retail sales of its brands exceed $7.5 billion.

Stephanie Taylor

Source: Xcel Brands, Inc/globenewswire

CBRE appoints Brian Harringon and Brennan McReynolds to leadership positions for CBRE 360

Los Angeles, 2018-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE has appointed Brian Harringon and Brennan McReynolds to leadership positions for CBRE 360, the company’s new capability focused on delivering enhanced employee experiences in the workplace. Mr. Harrington will be Chief Product Office for CBRE 360 while Mr. McReynolds will serve as Senior Vice President, Business Development & Operations for CBRE 360.

“Brian and Brennan have a track record of helping organizations to develop user-focused solutions that meet clients’ needs,” said Andrew Kupiec, Global President – CBRE 360. “Combining their consumer expertise with CBRE’s leadership in workplace solutions and building management will accelerate our ability to guide clients through the radically changing world of work.”

CBRE 360 helps property investors and occupiers create customized workplace solutions by integrating property services and amenities with advanced digital technologies. The capability leverages CBRE’s market-leading strengths in workplace strategy and occupancy planning, design and build-out, and property and facilities management, with its growing technology capabilities.

Mr. Harrington is a senior marketing and product executive with experience in early-stage, high-growth and global service organizations including both public and private companies. Most recently he was the inaugural entrepreneur in residence for the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and earlier Chief Marketing Officer for Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing service. In this global role he oversaw all brand experience, member acquisition and engagement, public relations, policy and partnership efforts.

Mr. McReynolds was most recently Chief Operating Officer at Event Farm, a B2B marketing technology platform, where he oversaw operations, finance and experiential technology. As one of Event Farm’s initial hires in 2011, he was instrumental in the shift to a SaaS based business model, securing venture funding and the overall growth of the company. During the 2016 Summer Olympics, in Rio, he spent 30 days on the ground lead the technology platform that enabled Nike’s athlete and VIP brand experience during the games.

CBRE 360 builds on the company’s industry-leading expertise in workplace solutions and its management of more than 5 billion sq. ft. of space for premier corporations and property investors worldwide. It also leverages CBRE’s considerable experience with its own Workplace360 (free-address, tech-enabled, collaboration-enhancing offices) initiative, which has driven higher employee engagement and efficiency gains at more than 60 CBRE global offices since its launch in 2013.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2016 revenue). The company has more than 75,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through approximately 450 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at

Media Contacts:

Robert McGrath
Senior Director
+1 212 9848267

Source: CBRE

Darden Restaurants appoints Dave George as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

ORLANDO, Fla., 2018-Jan-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Darden Restaurants, Inc. (DRI) today (January 22, 2018) announced the appointment of Dave George as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), a new position within Darden. As COO, George will maintain his oversight of Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52 and International Franchising while adding Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen to his leadership portfolio. He will continue to report to Gene Lee, President and CEO of Darden.

“Dave is a seasoned and trusted leader who consistently delivers strong results. As we continue to simplify our operations across all brands, he is uniquely qualified to drive strategic prioritization and accountability, with a laser-focus on operational excellence,” said Lee.

George was named President, Olive Garden in 2013 and Executive Vice President, Darden Restaurants in 2016. He joined Darden in 2007 as President, LongHorn Steakhouse where he had served since 2003. Prior to that, George served as Senior Vice President, Operations for LongHorn Steakhouse (2001 – 2003) and Vice President, Operations for The Capital Grille (2000 – 2001).

The Company also announced that Dan Kiernan has been named President, Olive Garden, effective immediately. Kiernan joined Olive Garden as a Manager-in-Training in 1992 and worked his way through the operations system – moving from General Manager to Director of Operations to Senior Vice President, Operations. He was named Executive Vice President, Operations in 2011 and has played an integral role in Olive Garden’s transformation by focusing on flawless execution in order to deliver memorable guest experiences.

“Dan is a great restaurant operator. His ability to make the complex simple, motivate more than 90,000 team members and lead teams dedicated to delivering memorable guest experiences makes him the perfect leader for Olive Garden,” said George.

“I am excited that Dave has accepted this new challenge that will broaden his influence across the organization and ensure a smooth and effective transition at Olive Garden. I am confident that under Dave and Dan’s leadership, Olive Garden will continue to deliver outstanding food and service to our guests,” said Lee.

About Darden

Darden is a restaurant company featuring a portfolio of differentiated brands that include Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, Yard House, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze and Eddie V’s. Our people equal our success, and we are proud to employ more than 175,000 team members in nearly 1,700 restaurants. Together, we create memorable experiences for 380 million guests each year in communities across North America. For more information, please visit


Kevin Kalicak
(407) 245-5870

Rich Jeffers
(407) 245-4189

SOURCE: Darden Restaurants, Inc.: General

Dixons Carphone appoints Alex Baldock as Group Chief Executive

LONDON, 2018-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dixons Carphone plc announces the appointment of Alex Baldock as Group Chief Executive from April 2018, to succeed Sebastian James who has informed the board of his decision to step down around the end of the financial year after six years in the role. Sebastian will be joining Walgreens Boots Alliance later this year.

Alex Baldock is currently Group Chief Executive of Shop Direct plc, the UK’s second largest pure-play online retailer, a position which he has held since 2012.

Ian Livingston, Chairman of Dixons Carphone plc, said:

“Seb has made an outstanding contribution to both the creation and success of Dixons Carphone. It is a much stronger company today than when he became CEO of Dixons Retail in 2012 with revenue, profit and customer satisfaction all substantially higher. The Group is now the market leader in eight countries.”

“On behalf of the Board and all our colleagues, I would like to thank Seb for all that he has done over the past six years as CEO of first Dixons Retail and now Dixons Carphone. We wish him every success in his new role.”

“The Board and I are delighted to welcome Alex Baldock to the Group. He has an outstanding track record in leading large, complex consumer-facing businesses. He’s led Shop Direct through one of UK Retail’s fastest, most far-reaching and most successful digital transformations, delivering five consecutive years of record financial performance, with strongly rising sales and an almost tenfold increase in profits.

“We wanted Alex for his strategic clarity, relentless execution and his ability to inspire people to get behind him at every step. We look forward to Alex bringing that leadership to the Group as we build on our market-leading positions.”

Sebastian James said:

“It has been an enormous privilege to lead this business and to work with such passionate and committed colleagues over the last few years. Together, I think that we can be very proud of the profound transformation that we have seen in Dixons Carphone and the sound footing, customer affection, and place in the world that it now enjoys. I offer my most sincere thanks to Ian, the Board and my colleagues for their support and friendship over these years. I will be very sad to leave, tempered only by the fact that I know that Alex will do a terrific job of leading the company and driving it on to
new heights.”

Alex Baldock said:

“I can’t wait to get started at Dixons Carphone. Seb and the team have achieved an extraordinary amount, not least reinforcing Dixons Carphone’s position as a leading electrical and mobile retailer in Europe at a time of wrenching change. It’s with great excitement that I look forward to getting to know the people and the customers at Dixons Carphone, and to building on these achievements. Dixons Carphone is exceptionally well-placed to help customers navigate the complex, fast-changing world of technology and mobile, and I feel privileged that Ian and the Board have asked me to lead the Group to make the most of that opportunity.”

About Dixons Carphone:
Dixons Carphone plc is Europe’s leading specialist electrical and telecommunications retailer and services company, employing over 42,000 people in nine countries.

Focused on helping customers navigate the connected world, Dixons Carphone offers a comprehensive range of electrical and mobile products, connectivity and expert after-sales services from Team Knowhow.

Dixons Carphone’s primary brands include Carphone Warehouse and Currys PC World in the UK & Ireland, Elkjøp, Elkjøp Phonehouse, Elgiganten, Elgiganten Phone House, Gigantti and Lefdal in the Nordic countries, Kotsovolos in Greece, and Dixons Travel in a number of UK airports as well as Dublin and Oslo. Our key service brand is Team Knowhow in the UK, Ireland and the Nordics.

Business-to-business (B2B) services are provided through Connected World Services, Currys PC World Business and Carphone Warehouse Business. Connected World Services aims to leverage the Group’s existing expertise, operating processes and technology to provide a range of services to businesses.

For further information:
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PR & Corporate Affairs Director
+44 (0) 7414 191 044

Mark Reynolds
Head of Investor Relations
+44 (0) 7979 696 498

Nick Cosgrove
Helen Smith Brunswick Group
+44 (0) 207 404 5959

Information on Dixons Carphone plc is available at
Follow us on Twitter: @dixonscarphone and @DCSebJ

Source: Dixons Carphone

LVMH appoints Hedi Slimane as Artistic, Creative and Image Director of Céline

LVMH appoints Hedi Slimane as Artistic, Creative and Image Director of Céline


Paris, 2018-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — LVMH announces the appointment of Hedi Slimane as Artistic, Creative and Image Director of Céline with effect from February this year. He will direct all Céline collections, extending to men’s fashion, couture and fragrances.

Hedi Slimane’s talent and his remarkable ability to anticipate and express in a unique way the evolutions and desires of his age, will ensure a further era of exceptional growth and development for this famous Maison.

Bernard Arnault commented: “I am particularly happy that Hedi is back within the LVMH Group and taking the reins of our Céline Maison. He is one of the most talented designers of our time.  I have been a great admirer of his work since we collaborated on Dior Homme, which he launched to global critical acclaim in the 2000s. His arrival at Céline reinforces the great ambitions that LVMH has for this Maison. Hedi will oversee and develop all creativity for both women’s and men’s fashion, but also for leather goods, accessories and fragrances. He will leverage his global vision and unique aesthetic virtuosity in further building an iconic French Maison”.

Hedi Slimane said: “I am delighted to join Bernard Arnault in this all-embracing and fascinating mission for Céline. I greatly look forward to returning to the exciting world of fashion and the dynamism of the ateliers”.

Sidney Toledano added: “Hedi Slimane is an exceptional designer, complete artist and passionate about his work.  I am certain that he will bring his renowned creative energy and discipline to lead Céline to ever greater success”.


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


Kering appoints Grégory Boutté as Chief Client and Digital Officer

London, 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kering announces the appointment of Grégory Boutté as Chief Client and Digital Officer, effective today. He will report directly to Jean-François Palus, Managing director of Kering, and will be a member of the Group’s Executive Committee.

His responsabilities as Kering’s Chief Client and Digital Officer will be to lead the Group’s digital transformation and to drive the development of e-commerce, CRM and data management.

About Gregory Boutte 
Grégory Boutté, 45, began his career in fast-moving consumer goods, working in brand management at Procter & Gamble in Paris before moving to the tech sector, joining the French online auction start-up iBazar in 2000, which was acquired by eBay in 2001. He then became General Manager of eBay France, which quickly became one of the most popular e-commerce platforms in France. He went on to manage eBay Europe (excl. UK and Germany) in 2007 before moving to eBay Motors and Electronics divisions in San Jose, California in 2010. In 2013, Grégory Boutté joined Sidecar, the first short-distance, peer-to-peer ride-sharing platform which was bought by General Motors in 2016. In 2015, Gregory joined Udemy, a start-up which provides 15 million students the opportunity to take online courses.

Grégory Boutté is a graduate of ESCP Europe.

About Kering 
A global Luxury group, Kering develops an ensemble of luxury houses in fashion, leather goods, jewelry and watches: Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Christopher Kane, McQ, Stella McCartney, Tomas Maier, Boucheron, Dodo, Girard-Perregaux, Pomellato, Qeelin and Ulysse Nardin. Kering is also developing the Sport & Lifestyle brands Puma, Volcom and Cobra. By ‘empowering imagination’, Kering encourages its brands to reach their potential, in the most sustainable manner.

The Group generated revenue of €12.385 billion in 2016 and had more than 40,000 employees at year end. The Kering share is listed on Euronext Paris (FR 0000121485, KER.PA, KER.FP).


Emilie Gargatte
+33 (0)1 45 64 61 20

Astrid Wernert
+33 (0)1 45 64 61 57

Claire Roblet
+ 33 (0)1 45 64 61 49

Laura Levy
+33 (0)1 45 64 60 45
Twitter: @KeringGroup
LinkedIn: Kering
Instagram: @kering_official
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Source: Kering

Subway® appoints Len Van Popering as Vice President of Global Brand Management and Innovation

Milford, CT, 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Subway® restaurants announces Len Van Popering has joined the company as Vice President of Global Brand Management and Innovation. Van Popering is charged with driving Subway’s ongoing global transformation through food innovation (including core menu items, snacks and beverages), brand positioning, visual identity, and channel development (including delivery, catering and mobile ordering).

“We are evolving our Global Marketing Team to reflect the contemporary vision we have for the company,” said Joe Tripodi, Chief Marketing Officer for Subway restaurants. “Len’s diverse background, collaborative approach and shared enthusiasm for Subway will help us expand the innovation and creativity so critical to our brand.”

“Few brands have the opportunity to impact dining habits worldwide as much as Subway does,” Van Popering commented. “I’m excited for the challenge to contribute to the transformation of this iconic brand.”

Van Popering brings more than 20 years of marketing, innovation and strategic planning experience from multiple brands in the food and beverage, apparel, retail, and paper and packaging spaces. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product Innovation for Arby’s Restaurant Group, as Chief Marketing Officer at Logan’s Roadhouse and as Director of Strategic Planning and Business Development for Russell Corporation.

About Subway® Restaurants
Subway® offers a fresh alternative to traditional fast food, serving 7 million made-to order sandwiches a day. Guests choose from 37 million combinations of quality proteins, fresh vegetables, and bread baked daily. The world’s largest restaurant chain serves nutritious and delicious subs, soups, and salads at more than 44,000 restaurants in 113 countries. The Subway® experience is also delivered online at and through the Subway® App, available in select markets at the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Founded by then 17-year-old Fred DeLuca and family friend Dr. Peter Buck more than 52 years ago, Subway® is still a family-owned business today working with more than 21,000 dedicated franchisees in communities around the world.

Subway® is a registered trademark of Subway® IP Inc.

Bob Brown

Ruder Finn:
Emily Rossi

Source: Subway

Stanley Black & Decker appoints Dr. Mark Maybury to the newly created position of Chief Technology Officer

Stanley Black & Decker appoints Dr. Mark Maybury to the newly created position of Chief Technology Officer


NEW BRITAIN, Conn., 2017-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) has named Dr. Mark Maybury to the newly created position of Chief Technology Officer. Maybury joins the organization from The MITRE Corporation, where he held a variety of strategic technology leadership roles over 27 years. At Stanley Black & Decker, Maybury will form a small, agile team to work across the company’s businesses and functions to advise and counsel management on technological threats and opportunities, as well as provide access to all elements of the global technology ecosystem.

“Mark is a well-known and highly respected technology leader with an impressive wealth of knowledge and expertise critical to our technological journey,” said Stanley Black & Decker’s President and CEO Jim Loree. “Our aspiration is to become known as one of the world’s leading innovators, and we believe this is a key component of our strategy to achieve the 22/22 vision. As the pace of change continues to accelerate across the continuum of technologies, we are staffing our team with the right talent to navigate the changing world.”

Maybury most recently served as Vice President of Intelligence Portfolios and prior to that was MITRE’s Vice President and Chief Security Officer and Director of the National Cybersecurity Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC). Before joining MITRE, Maybury served as a U.S. Air Force officer. He later returned to the Air Force as Chief Scientist from 2010 to 2013 where he advised the Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Air Force on a wide range of scientific and technical issues.

He is currently a member of the Defense Science Board and recently completed multiple years of service on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and the Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory committee. He is a fellow in both the IEEE and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. Maybury is widely published, having authored or edited 10 books and more than 60 publications.

Maybury earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from College of the Holy Cross (Fenwick Scholar, valedictorian), a master’s degree in computer speech and language processing from Cambridge University, England (Rotary Scholar), a master’s degree in business administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a doctoral degree in artificial intelligence also from Cambridge University.

About Stanley Black & Decker

Stanley Black & Decker, an S&P 500 and FORTUNE 500 company, is the world’s leading provider of tools and storage, the world’s second-largest commercial electronic security company, and a leading engineered fastening systems provider, with unique growth platforms in the Oil & Gas and Infrastructure industries. Well-known brands include: STANLEY, CRAFTSMAN, BLACK+DECKER, DEWALT, IRWIN, Lenox, Porter-Cable, Bostitch, Facom, Mac Tools, Proto, Vidmar, Lista, and more. Learn more at

Media Contacts:
Tim Perra
Vice President, Public Affairs

Dennis Lange
Vice President, Investor Relations

SOURCE: Stanley Black & Decker


Hermes Europe appoints Carole Walker Chief Executive Officer

Hamburg, 2017-Nov-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Long-time Chief of Hermes UK has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Hermes Europe, Hamburg. The experienced and highly successful manager takes over the leadership of all European logistics activities of the Otto Group from Donald Pilz.

Long-time Chief of Hermes UK has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Hermes Europe, Hamburg. The experienced and highly successful manager takes over the leadership of all European logistics activities of the Otto Group from Donald Pilz.

Carole Walker, one of the most successful managers of the Otto Group, was appointed CEO of Hermes Europe GmbH, Hamburg, the holding company for all European logistics activities of the Otto Group.

She joined the Otto Group 30 years ago and became Operations Director of Hermes UK in 2001 after having worked in operational business in the fields of Customer Service and Warehousing. Having successfully completed her MBA, she contributed in an exceptional manner to the success of the company as Managing Director since 2004 and as Chief Executive Officer since 2009.

“We are delighted to have found in Ms Walker a very experienced, highly successful and very strong personality with proven leadership qualities for this important task and wish her all the best“, emphasises Hanjo Schneider, Member of the Executive Board Otto Group and Chairman of the Supervisory Board Hermes Europe GmbH.

Walkers predecessor Donald Pilz has decided to resign as CEO of the Management Board of Hermes Europe GmbH due to differing views on the strategic direction of the Hermes Group.

Donald Pilz joined the Management Board of Hermes Europe GmbH as chairman on March 1st, 2016. He previously held various management positions in the transport and logistics sector, in particular for the TNT Group, where he headed, amongst others, the German business unit as CEO and later the Western and Central Europemregion of TNT Express. Prior to joining Hermes Europe, Mr Pilz was CEO of Palletways GmbH and Member of the European Board of Palletways Ltd.

The Otto Group sincerely regrets that Donald Pilz decided to leave the company, thanks him very much for his achievements and wishes him every success in his continuing career and all the best for his personal future.

Martijn de Lange, Managing Director of Hermes UK, will succeed Carole Walker as CEO of Hermes UK.

About Hermes

Hermes provides international logistics services to the retail industry. Headquartered in Hamburg, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Otto Group. The company is a leading specialist for retail-related services and partners numerous distance sellers in Germany and internationally. The range of services provided by the twelve Hermes companies embraces the full length of the supply chain: sourcing, quality assurance, transport, fulfilment, home deliveries and 2-man handling. In 2016 the Hermes Group grew consolidated revenue to 2.640 billion euros and increased the number of employees grows to 12,618. Hermes operates worldwide and has established country companies in the UK, France, Russia, Italy and Austria. More information:

About Otto Group

Founded in Germany in 1949, today the Otto Group is a globally operating retail and services group with around 49,750 employees. The Group includes 123 major companies and is present in over 30 countries in Europe, North and South America and Asia. Its business activities are grouped into three segments: Multichannel Retail, Financial Services and Service. In the 2016/17 financial year (to 28 February), the Otto Group generated turnover of 12.5 billion euros. It is one of the world’s largest online retailer. E-commerce, catalogue sales and over-the-counter retail form the three pillars of the Otto Group’s Multichannel Retail strategy. Its worldwide corporate activities, numerous strategic partnerships and joint ventures provide the Otto Group with excellent opportunities to transfer know-how and leverage areas of synergy potential. Group companies operate largely independently, guaranteeing flexibility, customer proximity and optimum target-group appeal in their respective national markets. For further information on the Otto Group visit

Media Contact:

Thomas Voigt
+49 40 6461 4010

Source: Otto Group

Russian food retailer O’KEY Group S.A. appoints Tariel Bokuchava as its new Director of Information Technologies

MOSCOW, Russia, 2017-Jul-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — O’KEY Group S.A. (LSE: OKEY, the “Group”), one of the leading Russian food retailers, announces the appointment of Tariel Bokuchava as its new Director of Information Technologies.

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Mr. Bokuchava is succeeding Nikolay Zatravin from July 2017. In the role of Information Technologies Director, Mr. Bokuchava will be primarily focused on modernization and improvement of IT system processes and infrastructure.

Tariel Bokuchava, 37, has a broad experience in IT industry. Since 2015, he has been IT Support & Operations Director of X5 Retail Group, where he was responsible for improvement of IT services stability, acceleration of IT capacity management routines and optimization of incident management. Prior to that,  Mr. Bokuchava held various executive positions at the X5 Retail Group IT department, overseeing IT projects related to office operations and business transformation. Up to 2013, he was managing a business application department at “Mars” LLC. Mr. Bokuchava holds degree in Computational Mathematics and Computer Science from the Moscow State University. He speaks Russian and English.

Miodrag Borojević, Chief Executive Officer of O’KEY Group, said:
“We are pleased to welcome Tariel Bokuchava to the management team. With the constantly evolving retail market and strong competition, we strive to be at the cutting edge of modern technologies in our business. I am confident that modernization and automation of IT infrastructure, backed by Tariel’s level of expertise, will enable us to be fast and efficient in delivering our strategic initiatives.”

Tariel Bokuchava commented:
“I am delighted to be joining O’KEY Group at a time of strategic transformation. I look forward to realizing the significant opportunities available to us. I believe that the new strategic course set by the management aimed at processes optimization and modernization is essential for any business with ambitions of market leadership. I look forward to implementing and streamlining high-end IT solutions for the overall benefit of O’KEY Group.

O’KEY is one of the largest retail chains in Russia. Its primary retail format is the modern Western European style hypermarket which operates under the “O’KEY” brand, complemented by O’KEY supermarkets. The Group is developing an innovative discounter format under the “DA!” brand. O’KEY is the first among Russian food retailers to launch e-commerce operations in St. Petersburg and Moscow, based on its hypermarket assortment.

The Group opened its first hypermarket in St. Petersburg in 2002 and has since demonstrated continuous growth. As of July 10, 2017, O’KEY operates 109 stores across Russia – 72 hypermarkets, 37 supermarkets and 55 discounters under the “DA!” brand.

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FOCUS Brands appoints Kat Cole as Chief Operating Officer and President, North America

ATLANTA, 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — FOCUS Brands, the franchisor of iconic brands Auntie Anne’s® , Carvel®, Cinnabon®, McAlister’s Deli®, Moe’s Southwest Grill® and Schlotzsky’s®, continues on the path of industry leading growth by today (June 19, 2017) announcing that Kat Cole has been named Chief Operating Officer and President, North America.  In this new position, Kat will lead the company’s domestic franchise brands in addition to its licensing division.

“Leveraging her deep industry experience and track record of achieving step-change in previous assignments at FOCUS Brands, Kat’s thought leadership, broad executive experience and exceptional communication skills position her well to enable our brand leaders to drive our business with accelerated energy,” said Steve DeSutter, CEO, FOCUS Brands. “Those who have ever met Kat know that she is a uniquely skilled leader. She’s purpose-driven and has the demonstrated ability to bridge the worlds of franchising, large global brands, innovation and entrepreneurship with her collaborative management style.”

Paul Damico, who previously held the position of President, North America, has been named Chief Executive Officer of Naf Naf Grill. “Over the past nine years, in his role as President of Moe’s Southwest Grill and most recently as the leader for all of our brands domestically, Paul had made a big impact on our business and helped us achieve impressive results,” said DeSutter. “It has been a pleasure to work with him, and we truly wish him the best as he takes on this next new role.”

FOCUS Brands is poised for growth in the industry. As a leading developer of global multi-channel foodservice brands, FOCUS has more than 5,000 locations globally and is experiencing growth that is being driven by its focus on consumers, technology, and multichannel development to grow existing markets and bring its concepts to new markets in exciting and relevant ways.

Cole joined FOCUS Brands seven years ago as President of Cinnabon and for the past three years has served as President of FOCUS Brands Global Channels group. Cole has had a central role working in partnership with DeSutter to design and deploy the company’s multi-brand and multi-channel operating model designed to accelerate growth by leveraging the strength and collective power of the company’s multiple brands.

“There has never been a more dynamic time for our brands to stand out in their respective categories. Being bold, purpose driven, authentic and results oriented are central to optimizing our opportunities and impact,” said Cole. “I’m thrilled to leverage the company’s talent, technology and capabilities to connect with our fans, stand for something that’s clear and connected through all we are and do, and drive growth of our amazing brands and businesses with our franchisees and licensees.”

Cole has a long leadership history within the industry, including on the Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF) Board of Directors since 2009, Executive Committee from 2012 to 2015, and Chair of the Board in 2015 and 2016.  She has a deep connection to purpose and global impact through humanitarian work globally, serves as a member of the United Nations Global Entrepreneur’s Council, and participates in organizations and initiatives in the U.S. and in Africa to help individuals and villages elevate themselves out of poverty.

Recognized for her ongoing impact, Cole was named one of FORTUNE Magazine’s “40 under 40”, named to CNBC’s top 25 Disruptors, Innovators and Leaders, and received the Distinguished Young Alumni award from Georgia State University J. Mack Robinson School of Business. She received her MBA from Georgia State University and honorary doctorate from Johnson and Wales University.

About FOCUS Brands Inc.

Atlanta-based FOCUS Brands Inc. is a leading developer of global multi-channel foodservice brands. FOCUS is the franchisor and operator of more than 5,000 ice cream shoppes, bakeries, restaurants and cafes in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 60 foreign countries under the iconic brand names you know and love: Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne’s® and McAlister’s Deli®, as well as Seattle’s Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in certain international markets. FOCUS is also the sixth largest food and beverage licensor in the world, extending its brands into alternative channels through grocery, consumer products, foodservice and ecommerce. Please visit for more information.

Source: FOCUS Brands Inc.

New Look Retail Group appoints Paula Dumont López as Chief Creative Officer

London, 2017-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of New Look Retail Group Ltd (the “Company” or “New Look”) today (27 Jun 2017) announces the appointment of Paula Dumont López as Chief Creative Officer.

She will join the Board in September 2017 and replace current CCO Roger Wightman. Following a successful transition Roger will assume a part-time consultative role while remaining on the Board.

Paula brings a wealth of experience in the fashion industry, and a proven track record in buying, merchandise and design. She joins from Esprit where she has been Senior Vice President Head of Esprit Women since 2013. Before this, Paula spent 10 years at Inditex in several roles, including Head of Product at Zara Basic.

Anders Kristiansen, CEO of New Look, commented:

“Paula is an amazing addition to our team. Her expertise in identifying trends and leadership experience in product, buying and design will be a great asset to us. We are delighted to welcome Paula to the Board and look forward to what we know will be her significant contribution to New Look and the execution of our strategy.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Roger for the invaluable contribution he has made to New Look over the past 27 years. He has been hugely influential in turning New Look into the global fast-fashion brand that it is today and I am particularly pleased that we will continue to benefit from his experience on the Board as he steps into a consultative role.”

About Paula Dumont López

Paula started her career at Zara as a fabrics buyer, before graduating to a number of senior buying roles. In 2009 she became Head of Product for Zara Basic. Paula joined Esprit as Senior Vice President, Head of Esprit Women in 2013 assuming responsibility across all aspects of buying, merchandise and design. She has also been head of the lifestyle division (comprising Bodywear, Sports, Accessories and Shoes) since 2016.

About Roger Wightman

Roger joined New Look in February 1990 as a Buyer and was promoted through the business to become Group Buying Director for Womenswear and Brands, before being appointed to Managing Director in 2013 and Chief Creative Officer in 2015.

About New Look

New Look is an international multichannel retail brand, offering exciting, on-trend, value-fashion for women, men and teenage girls, and is the UK’s No. 1 retailer for women under 35*.

Our long term business strategy comprises of initiatives spanning Brand, Multichannel, International Expansion, Product Development and Menswear.

We have 872 stores, comprising 592 in the UK and a further 280 globally. We also have a fastgrowing e-commerce offering, serving over 120 countries worldwide, supported by convenient
delivery options.

Our flexible fast-fashion business is built on an agile global supply chain with the ability to respond quickly to trends. We focus on delivering value for money and ‘newness’, with hundreds of new lines landing every week. Our ranges of apparel, footwear and accessories are designed with broad age appeal and global relevance. They are delivered by our great people in stores and support centres, who ensure we deliver great service – wherever, whenever and however customers choose to engage with us.

* Based on Kantar Worldpanel Total Womenswear U35 published data 52 weeks to 12 March 2017 (by value)

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Lucy Legh
Rob Walker
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Source: New Look

X5 Retail Group appoints Svetlana Demyashkevich as Chief Financial Officer

Moscow, 2017-Jun-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group N.V. (“X5” or “the Company”), a leading Russian food retailer (LSE ticker: “FIVE”), announces that Svetlana Demyashkevich has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer effective from 29 June 2017. Dmitry Gimmelberg has decided to leave the Company, but will temporarily stay on as Advisor to the CEO in order to facilitate a smooth transition.

X5 Retail Group CEO Igor Shekhterman said:

“I would like to thank Dmitry Gimmelberg for his meaningful contribution to the further development of the Company’s financial management function, including improvements to controls and budgeting, as well as streamlining of the investment process.

Svetlana has multifaceted experience in financial management in the banking and corporate sectors. She has worked on setting up and improving the efficiency of business planning, reporting and financial control systems, while also developing successful cooperation with major international financial institutions. With her qualifications and personal qualities,Svetlana will be able to quickly find her place in the X5 team and contribute effectively to the achievement of our strategic goals.”

Svetlana Demyashkevich graduated with honours from the Financial University of the Government of the Russian Federation and is an ACCA qualified accountant. She audited financial institutions at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and was the Financial Controller at UNICEF Russia. Since 2005, Svetlana has held several senior positions at Alfa-Bank, including head of audit and IFRS reporting. She also created and led the financial control service, investor and rating agency relations, the business intelligence centre, and the centralised purchasing service. In her most recent post as Deputy CFO, Svetlana also chaired the tender committee and the credit committee for small- and medium-sized corporate clients, and was involved in the activities of the Boards of Directors of several of the bank’s subsidiaries.


Oleg Poletaev
T​: +7 (495) 662-88-88, ext. 22-209

Source: X5 Retail Group

Dollar General appoints Jason Reiser as EVP and chief merchandising officer

Dollar General appoints Jason Reiser as EVP and chief merchandising officer


Reiser brings over 30 years of retail experience to Dollar General

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn., 2017-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG) today (June 22, 2017) announced that Jason Reiser will join the Company as executive vice president and chief merchandising officer effective, July 12. Reiser replaces Jim Thorpe who recently retired. Reiser brings more than 30 years of experience in retail management, private brand sourcing, regulatory affairs as well as being a trained pharmacist.

“Jason is an innovative merchant who has a broad range of experience in discount retail and a track record of leadership excellence,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer. “I believe Jason’s deep understanding of our customer and small-box retail, coupled with his proven ability to drive results, will strengthen our leadership team as we strive to capture future growth opportunities.”

Reiser most recently served as executive vice president and chief operating officer at the Vitamin Shoppe where he had responsibility for merchandising, operations and supply chain. Prior to that, he served as the chief merchandising officer at Family Dollar from 2013 to 2016. Reiser started his retail career as a pharmacy manager for Walmart. From there, he rose through the ranks to positions of increasing responsibility. He served as vice president, merchandising, health and family care for Sam’s Club from 2010 to 2013

Reiser earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Northeastern University.

About Dollar General Corporation

Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, clothing for the family, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 13,601 stores in 44 states as of May 5, 2017. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted brands such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General at


Investor Contact:
Mary Winn Pilkington

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Dan MacDonald

Crystal Ghassemi

Source: Dollar General Corporation


ascena retail group appoints Marc Lasry and Stacey Rauch as members of its Board of Directors

MAHWAH, N.J., 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — ascena retail group, inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA), today (Jun. 8, 2017) announced that, after an extensive search, Marc Lasry and Stacey Rauch have been appointed as members of ascena’s Board of Directors, effective immediately.

MARC LASRY re-joins the Board, having previously served as a member of the Board from February 2004 until October 2006. Since 1995, Mr. Lasry has served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Avenue Capital Group, a global investment firm that focuses on private and public debt, equity and real estate markets in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Mr. Lasry is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has served on the boards of advisors or directors of both for-profit and not-for-profit public and private companies.

“Mr. Lasry brings a macro perspective of the business environment and tremendous depth and experience with capital allocation strategies. Marc’s insight, enhanced by his prior experience with the company, will undoubtedly add significant value,” said Kate Buggeln who leads the board’s Leadership and Corporate Governance Committee.

STACEY RAUCH joins the Board with extensive experience in retail, strategy, marketing, merchandising, global expansion and multi-channel management. Ms. Rauch is a Director Emeritus of McKinsey and Company (“McKinsey”) where she was a leader in McKinsey’s Retail and Consumer Goods Practices, served as the head of the North American Retail and Apparel Practice, and acted as the Global Retail Practice Convener. A 24 year veteran of McKinsey, Ms. Rauch led engagements for a wide range of retailers, apparel wholesalers, and consumer goods manufacturers in the US and internationally. Ms. Rauch also has noteworthy board experience, including her former membership on the ANN INC. board and her current roles as non-executive Chairman of the board of directors of Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. and non-executive director of Land Securities, PLC, the UK’s largest commercial property company, where she sits on its Audit and Nomination Committees.

“We selected Ms. Rauch to serve as a director based on her extensive experience across business, strategy, marketing, merchandising and operations in the retail, consumer and apparel sectors. Stacey brings an invaluable strategic perspective of the changing consumer environment that we will leverage as ascena continues its evolution,” said Ms. Buggeln.

“Both Stacey and Marc bring tremendous experience to ascena,” said David Jaffe, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the ascena retail group. “Their collective expertise will be an excellent complement to our Board and we look forward to working with both of them as we continue to grow ascena in this highly competitive marketplace.”

About ascena retail group, inc.

ascena retail group, inc. (NASDAQ: ASNA) is a leading national specialty retailer offering apparel, shoes, and accessories for women under the Premium Fashion segment (Ann Taylor, LOFT, and Lou & Grey), Value Fashion segment (maurices and dressbarn), Plus Fashion segment (Lane Bryant and Catherines), and for tween girls under the Kids Fashion segment (Justice). ascena retail group, inc. operates ecommerce websites and over 4,800 stores throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

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J.Crew Group, Inc. appoints James Brett as Chief Executive Officer

NEW YORK, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — J.Crew Group, Inc. (the “Company”) announced today (June 5, 2017) that it has named James Brett as Chief Executive Officer. Brett, an executive with more than 25 years of retail experience, most recently served as President of specialty home furnishing company West Elm. Brett will assume the CEO position this July and will also join the Company’s Board of Directors. Millard Drexler will continue in his role as Chairman. Michael J. Nicholson will remain as President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of J.Crew Group, Inc. and Libby Wadle will remain as President of Madewell.

“This is an exciting time for J.Crew as we continue to make significant changes to position our company for long-term success,” said Mr. Drexler. “As Chairman and an owner of the Company, it is my responsibility to focus on the future of J.Crew and find the right leadership to execute on our strategic plans.”

Drexler continued, “Jim has a proven track record of pushing for innovation and growing omni-channel brands. I look forward to moving into my new role and assist Jim and the team in every way possible to help ensure a smooth and successful transition.”

Brett stated, “I’m honored to work with J.Crew’s talented team of leaders, board of directors and Mickey, who have built an iconic American brand. J.Crew has tremendous opportunity to play a more meaningful role in our lives, and I look forward to leading it through its next phase of growth.”

Mr. Brett most recently served as President of West Elm, a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio, since 2010, where he oversaw all aspects of the brand. During his tenure, Brett grew West Elm to become a $1 billion global brand. Prior to West Elm, Mr. Brett was the Chief Merchandising Officer for the Urban Outfitters Division of Urban Outfitters, Inc. He has also served in various merchandising roles at other retailers including Anthropologie, the J.C. Penney Company, Inc. and May Department Stores Company.

About J.Crew Group, Inc. 

J.Crew Group, Inc. is an internationally recognized omni-channel retailer of women’s, men’s and children’s apparel, shoes and accessories. As of June 5, 2017 the Company operates 278 J.Crew retail stores, 116 Madewell stores,,, the J.Crew catalog,, and 178 factory stores (including 39 J.Crew Mercantile stores). Certain product, press release and SEC filing information concerning the Company are available at the Company’s website

Certain statements herein are “forward-looking statements” made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s current expectations or beliefs concerning future events and actual results of operations may differ materially from historical results or current expectations. Any such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including the strength of the economy, changes in the overall level of consumer spending or preferences in apparel, the performance of the Company’s products within the prevailing retail environment, trade restrictions, political or financial instability in countries where the Company’s goods are manufactured, postal rate increases, paper and printing costs, availability of suitable store locations at appropriate terms and other factors which are set forth in the Company’s Form 10-K and in all filings with the SEC made by the Company subsequent to the filing of the Form 10-K. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


Margot Fooshee
(212) 209-8414

SOURCE: J.Crew Group, Inc.

BJ’s Wholesale Club appoints Scott Kessler as EVP, Chief Information Officer and Rafeh Masood as SVP Chief Digital Officer

WESTBOROUGH, Mass., 2017-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Wholesale Club today (May 30, 2017) announced two new leaders that will drive the company’s technology roadmap and omnichannel transformation.

Scott Kessler has been named executive vice president, Chief Information Officer (CIO), effective immediately. In addition, Rafeh Masood has joined BJ’s as senior vice president, Chief Digital Officer (CDO).

“BJ’s has made rapid progress in our omnichannel initiatives, and I’m pleased to have two new executives of this caliber join our team as we transform our company,” said Christopher J. Baldwin, president and Chief Executive Officer, BJ’s Wholesale Club. “Both Scott and Rafeh have extensive experience in building teams and delivering the technology and systems that drive growth. They will lead the investment in technology, people and systems as we build the omnichannel and digital platforms that showcase our value and deliver convenience to our members.”

Kessler has extensive experience leading Information Technology at multi-billion dollar retailers and e-commerce companies. He has built systems that support rapid sales growth and delivered improvements in IT service and efficiency.

Most recently, Kessler was executive vice president, CIO, at Belk, a $4 billion department store chain with nearly 300 stores. Prior to that, Kessler was senior vice president, products technology, at GSI Commerce, a global provider of e-commerce and interactive marketing services for some of the world’s leading brands. He also held a leadership position at Accenture, working for a variety of global clients.

He holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Science from Farleigh Dickinson University.

Kessler takes over the position held by Peter Amalfi, who plans to retire later this year. “I want to thank Peter for his countless contributions to BJ’s since joining the company in 2001,” Baldwin said. “Peter played a leading role in building the physical and digital infrastructure that enabled the company to grow into a leading wholesale club. His leadership created the foundation for our transformation and his contributions will be felt for years to come.”

In a newly created role, Masood will drive the strategy and vision for the company’s e-commerce and omnichannel efforts. He will focus on programs and initiatives that drive sales, showcase value and enhance convenience for members.

Masood has broad experience in operations and digital initiatives and a record of building successful e-commerce programs at major retailers. His strong leadership and collaborative style will make him a valuable member of the BJ’s leadership team and a key driver of its transformation.

Masood joins BJ’s from Dick’s Sporting Goods, where he was vice president, customer innovation technology. At Dick’s, Masood was responsible for all digital platforms, enterprise architecture and the use of technology to improve the customer experience.

Masood holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from DePaul University in Chicago.

About BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc.
Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ’s is the leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company currently operates 214 clubs and 132 BJ’s Gas® locations in 16 states.

BJ’s provides a one-stop shopping destination filled with top-quality, leading brands, including its exclusive Wellsley Farms® and Berkley Jensen® brands, along with USDA Choice meats, premium produce and delicious organics, many in supermarket sizes. BJ’s is also the only major membership warehouse club to accept all manufacturers’ coupons and, for greater convenience, offers the most payment options.

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BJ’s is wholly owned by affiliates of Leonard Green & Partners, CVC Capital Partners and its management team.

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Defense Commissary Agency appoints Michael G. Shaffer as the new deputy director of acquisition management

FORT LEE, Va., 2017-May-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Michael G. Shaffer is the new deputy director of acquisition management for the Defense Commissary Agency effective April 30.

The announcement came from Larry Hahn, director of acquisition management. Shaffer previously served as enterprise acquisition division chief and will continue to provide oversight to this division until the agency selects his replacement. Shaffer follows Richard Deiter, who left the agency in December 2016 for an assignment at the Defense Logistics Agency in Richmond, Virginia. He had served more than two years as deputy director of acquisition management.

“Mike has been a key member of the DeCA acquisition community for many years,” Hahn said. “His long history of dedication to his customers and the commissary patrons has provided him with a broad base of knowledge that will serve him well in leading the acquisition community in his new position.”

In addition to serving as the deputy director of acquisition management, Shaffer has secondary oversight of the resale contracting division and primary oversight of DeCA’s overseas contracting operations and its IT contracting operation.

For the past five years, he was chief of the enterprise acquisition division, where he managed three procurement branches supporting a wide array of requirements for areas such as DeCA’s business transformation, new commissary construction and rehabilitation, architect engineering, logistics, commissary support services, worldwide operational supplies, revenue generating agreements and emergency support.

Shaffer came to DeCA in 2002, serving first as a procurement analyst for three years and later as the chief of the revenue, supplies and headquarters support branch from 2005 to 2012.

Before DeCA, Shaffer served eight years in Washington D.C., with the Naval Sea Systems Command’s (NAVSEA) contracting directorate, the first four as a contract specialist and the balance as a procurement analyst.

During his tenure as a contracting specialist with NAVSEA, Shaffer spent one year with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy’s Research Development and Acquisition office in Arlington, Virginia. There, he reviewed acquisition documents submitted from three Navy system commands prior to service-level approval. Shaffer also served on the Navy inspection team for two of these system commands, assessing contract compliance and performance management for the commands’ procurement offices.

Later, after returning to NAVSEA, Shaffer was promoted to procurement analyst, where he reviewed high-dollar acquisitions for the Surface and Undersea Warfare Centers as well as the Supervisor of Shipbuilding contracting offices. During this assignment he was acknowledged for recommending a cost-saving commercial alternative to a piece of military shipboard equipment later adopted by the Navy.

Shaffer entered federal service in 1994 after graduating from Frostburg State University with a business administration degree with a concentration in marketing.

Before college he served four years in the Navy from 1987 to 1991, his last job as a petty officer third class assigned at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia as a lead storekeeper aboard the Resolute AFDM-10, a floating dry dock used for repair and maintenance of submarines. His duties included supervising two storekeepers as well as procuring, receiving, storing and issuing inventories of repair parts and other supplies while maintaining the financial ledger for those inventories and also the equipment rental budget.

His most recent awards include the Superior Civilian Service Award (2016), runner-up selection in the DeCA Director’s Innovation Challenge (2011) and various Special Act Awards. He was also selected Navy Petty Officer of the Quarter (1991).

“In my ‘former life’ I’ve worked a number of shelf stocking jobs at a variety of retailers to include Costco, Be-Lo Food Stores, County Market, Wilson’s Grocery, Food Lion and the Walter Reed Commissary (stocking shelves at night for a commercial contractor),” Shaffer said. “This work made me appreciate what I did later and still do today as a part of the acquisition directorate.

“My daily focus has been and will remain to support key DeCA functions like store operations, business transformation and the sales directorate,” he added, “procuring contracts that save the agency millions of dollars, improve our internal business processes and result in a better shopping experience for our patrons.”

About DeCA:

The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons save thousands of dollars annually on their purchases compared to commercial prices when shopping regularly at a commissary. The discounted prices include a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773

Source:  Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)

SpartanNash appoints Kathy Mahoney as President MDV military division

SpartanNash appoints Kathy Mahoney as President MDV military division


Senior executive expands her role with the nation’s fifth largest food distributor and leading distributor of grocery products to U.S. commissaries

Byron Center, MI,, 2017-May-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) today (May 24th, 2017) announced Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer Kathy Mahoney has been named President of the company’s MDV military division based in Norfolk, Va., effective May 31, 2017. MDV is the leading distributor of grocery products to U.S. commissaries. Ms. Mahoney will continue her responsibilities as SpartanNash EVP and CLO.

Ms. Mahoney joined the company in 2004 and was a member of the Executive Steering Committee that oversaw the integration of Spartan Stores, Inc. and Nash Finch Company in 2013. Throughout her tenure with the Company, Ms. Mahoney has worked closely with the MDV leadership team to expand the military platform, resulting in the worldwide network the Company operates today with its strategic partner Coastal Pacific Food Distributors. She has also played a key role with MDV on numerous projects involving direct contact with leaders within the military resale system.

“Kathy is ideally suited for this expanded role,” said Dave Staples, SpartanNash President and CEO. “Her knowledge and experience will be a tremendous asset to the MDV team, and we are excited to be able to promote from within for this key leadership position.”

About SpartanNash

SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) is a Fortune 400 company whose core businesses include distributing grocery products to independent grocery retailers, national accounts, its corporate-owned retail stores and U.S. military commissaries. SpartanNash serves customer locations in 47 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain and Egypt. SpartanNash currently operates 153 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, Family Fresh Market, D&W Fresh Market and SunMart. Through its MDV military division, SpartanNash is the leading distributor of grocery products to U.S. military commissaries.

Meredith Gremel
Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications

Source: SpartanNash Company


JCPenney appoints Marci Grebstein as executive vice president, chief marketing officer

PLANO, Texas, 2017-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — JCPenney [NYSE: JCP] today (May 23, 2017) announced that Marci Grebstein will join the Company’s executive leadership team as executive vice president, chief marketing officer in June. A highly accomplished marketing executive, Grebstein brings over 20 years of retail marketing experience overseeing advertising campaigns, brand positioning, market analysis and digital strategies designed to enhance brand awareness and accelerate revenue growth. Grebstein will report to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Marvin R. Ellison.

“Marci is an outstanding senior leader with a proven track record of developing winning marketing strategies for a diverse cross-section of leading national retailers,” said Ellison. “As we focus on enhancing our Home Refresh strategy, better utilizing customer data and optimizing our omnichannel capabilities, her broad retail expertise will be invaluable as we seek to differentiate our business through strategic marketing initiatives that will entice new and loyal customers to choose JCPenney for their homes and families.”

Grebstein most recently served as chief marketing officer for Lowe’s Home Improvement, where she was instrumental in driving an integrated and data-driven omnichannel marketing approach to build customer loyalty and position the company for continued growth. Prior to her role as chief marketing officer for Lowe’s, she served as vice president of advertising for the retailer, leading the development and execution of Lowe’s overall advertising strategy and ensuring that the company’s brand promise was brought to life consistently across all platforms.

Prior to joining Lowe’s, Grebstein worked for Food Lion of Delhaize America, overseeing the repositioning of the grocery store chain in her role as vice president of marketing and brand strategy. Grebstein also spent 16 years at Staples, Inc., holding positions of increasing responsibility to include vice president of business-to-business marketing and e-commerce. Grebstein holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management and marketing from Boston College.

“I have been inspired by the continued progress of one of America’s most iconic retailers in the midst of a highly competitive and ever evolving retail environment,” said Grebstein. “I am eager to begin working with Marvin and the entire team at JCPenney to lead a marketing strategy that will continue to build on the Company’s momentum in achieving sustainable growth and profitability.”

About JCPenney:

J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishings retailers, is on a mission to ensure every customer’s shopping experience is worth her time, money and effort. Whether shopping or visiting one of over 1,000 store locations across the United States and Puerto Rico, she will discover a broad assortment of products from a leading portfolio of private, exclusive and national brands.  Supporting this value proposition is the warrior spirit of over 100,000 JCPenney associates worldwide, who are focused on the Company’s three strategic priorities of strengthening private brands, becoming a world-class omnichannel retailer and increasing revenue per customer. For additional information, please visit

Media Relations:
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Source: J. C. Penney Company, Inc.

Nordstrom appoints Stacy Brown-Philpot as new director and reelects eleven existing members of the Board

SEATTLE, 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Seattle-based Nordstrom, Inc., announced on May 16, 2017 the reelection of eleven existing members of the Board of Directors, and the appointment of Stacy Brown-Philpot, CEO of TaskRabbit, as a new director.

Former board director, Enrique ‘Rick’ Hernandez, Jr., announced earlier this year that he would not be seeking re-election.

With the addition of Mrs. Brown-Philpot, the Nordstrom Board will consist of 12 directors. Nordstrom directors serve one-year terms and the company requires annual elections of all board members.

Mrs. Brown-Philpot has served as Chief Executive Officer of TaskRabbit, an on demand home services platform, since April 2016. Prior to that, she was the company’s Chief Operating Officer from 2013 – 2016. From May 2012 – December 2012, Mrs. Brown-Philpot was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at GV, the venture capital investment arm of Alphabet, Inc. Before that, she spent nearly a decade at Google in various roles including Senior Director of Global Consumer Operations. Mrs. Brown-Philpot has also served as a senior analyst at Goldman Sachs and senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has been on the Board of Directors of HP Inc. since 2015. Mrs. Brown-Philpot will serve as a member of the Finance Committee and Technology Committee on the Nordstrom Board.

“Stacy brings a breadth of unique innovation, operational, and entrepreneurial experience to our Board,” said Phil Satre, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Nordstrom. “We’re thrilled to have her join us and look forward to adding her e-commerce expertise as we work to improve the omnichannel shopping experience for our customers.”

About Nordstrom

Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 354 stores in 40 states, including 122 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 221 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and two clearance stores. Additionally, customers are served online through, and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at and its seven clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

Trina Schurman
Nordstrom, Inc.
(206) 303-6503

Gigi Ganatra Duff
Nordstrom, Inc.
(206) 303-3030

SOURCE: Nordstrom, Inc.

Marks & Spencer appoints Jill McDonald to the new role of Managing Director, Clothing, Home & Beauty

LONDON, 2017-May-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks & Spencer announces that Jill McDonald, currently CEO at Halfords, has been appointed to the new role of Managing Director, Clothing, Home & Beauty. Jill’s role will have overall profit and loss accountability for all aspects of the M&S non-Food business, from design and sourcing through to supply chain and logistics, and will report directly in to  M&S’s CEO, Steve Rowe.

Jill will join M&S in the autumn, on a date to be confirmed, and will be part of the M&S Operating Committee, the team accountable for the day-to-day running of the business and the development and execution of strategy.

As a result of this appointment, M&S is also announcing a change of responsibility for CEO Steve Rowe, who will relinquish his Clothing, Home & Beauty accountabilities to Jill on her arrival, and for CFO Helen Weir, who will hand over responsibility for the Clothing, Home & Beauty Supply Chain & Logistics.

Steve Rowe, M&S CEO, said: “I am pleased with the progress we have made in Clothing & Home over the last year and the time is now right for this appointment.

“Jill is an excellent addition to the M&S senior leadership team and we are delighted that she is joining us. Jill’s first-class customer knowledge and great experience in running dynamic, high achieving teams make her exactly the right person to lead this all-important part of our business from recovery in to growth.”

Jill McDonald said: “M&S has a unique, special relationship with its customers and I am very motivated by working closely with customers to drive and shape results. I have long been an M&S customer and professional fan, so working with the brand was a career opportunity that I just couldn’t turn down. I am looking forward to joining Steve and the team later this year to build on the plans that are already underway.”

M&S also announces today that, on Jill’s arrival, Jo Jenkins will move to the new role of Clothing & Beauty Director, reporting into Jill, and with expanded accountabilities for all clothing across womenswear, menswear and kidswear.

Marks & Spencer makes this announcement in accordance with LR9.6.11R(3)&(4).

For further information, please contact:

M&S Corporate Press Office
0208 718 1919

Source: Marks & Spencer

US Foods appoints Ty Gent as Chief Supply Chain Officer

ROSEMONT, Ill., 2017-Apr-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) announced today (April 10, 2017) that Ty Gent has joined the company as Chief Supply Chain Officer, reporting to President and Chief Executive Officer Pietro Satriano. Gent will oversee all warehousing, transportation and supply chain strategy and operations on behalf of the company, as well as safety programs and real estate.

“Ty joins us with more than 30 years of supply chain leadership experience,” said US Foods President and CEO Pietro Satriano. “His reputation for delivering strong customer service, productivity improvements and an outstanding safety record will be instrumental in helping us continue to build a best-in-class supply chain.”

Prior to joining US Foods, Gent served as Senior Vice President of Operations for PepsiCo Central and South America regions. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Logistics for PepsiCo North America where he led the warehouse delivery network for Quaker, Gatorade and Tropicana, as well as the PepsiCo Transportation network for North America. Gent is a graduate of Kent State University where he received both his undergraduate degree in Economics as well as his Master of Business Administration.

About US Foods

US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 chefs, restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With nearly 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 $23 billion in annual revenue. Discover more at

Media Contact:
Sara Matheu
(847) 720-2392

Investor Contact:
Melissa Napier
(847) 720-2767

Source: US Foods

BlueStar appoints Mr. Laurent Berger as EVP of sales for Europe

Hebron, KY, 2017-Apr-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — BlueStar is pleased to announce that Mr. Laurent Berger has been appointed as executive vice president of sales for Europe. Mr. Berger has been working at BlueStar for a number of years, and has been an instrumental part of the significant growth BlueStar has achieved in the European market. Recognized for his dedication and commitment, BlueStar and its partners will benefit from Mr. Berger’s leadership in Europe.

“Laurent´s market vision and experience have helped our company to identify new opportunities, as well as to structure our go-to-market proposal. With him in the executive team, we have a stronger and more efficient organisation,” says Mr. Keith Robinson, EMEA managing director at BlueStar.

“We have worked hard to become a global leader while building considerable momentum in Europe. I look forward to continuing our value add proposition and bring success for our partners to a new level within EMEA,” says Berger.

BlueStar is the leading global distributor of solutions-based ADC, Mobility, Point-of-Sale, RFID, Digital Signage, and Security technology. BlueStar works exclusively with value-added resellers, providing them with complete solutions, business development and marketing support. The company brings unequalled expertise to the market, offers award-winning technical support and is an authorized service centre for a growing number of manufacturers. BlueStar is the exclusive distributor for the In-a-Box Solutions Series, delivering hardware, software and critical accessories in one bundle with technology solutions across all verticals. For more information, please contact BlueStar at +31 880 233 633 or visit


+31 880 233 633

Source: BlueStar

Coach appoints Ian Bickley to the new role of President, Global Business Development and Strategic Alliances

NEW YORK, 2017-Apr-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Coach, Inc. (NYSE:COH) (SEHK:6388), a leading New York design house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle brands, today (Apr. 6, 2017) announced that Ian Bickley, currently President, International Group for the Coach brand, will be elevated to the new role of President, Global Business Development and Strategic Alliances for Coach, Inc., effective July 2, 2017. In this role, Mr. Bickley will continue to report directly to Mr. Luis and will be responsible for strategic partnerships across brands. Mr. Bickley will have oversight of the company’s global real estate development and will partner with the brand presidents in leading strategic distributor relationships, licensing partnerships and collaborations. Mr. Bickley will also be a key leader in the further development of Coach, Inc.’s multi-brand strategy.

“Ian has been a tremendous leader and contributor to the growth of our business during his 24-year tenure with Coach. His extensive global relationships and industry experience make him the perfect fit for this important strategic role in the next chapter of our multi-brand evolution,” said Mr. Luis, “I’m delighted we can further leverage Ian’s strengths across our portfolio of brands.”

“Coach, Inc. is now better positioned to continue its journey as a global house of brands. Ian’s new appointment, together with the addition of Joshua Schulman to our seasoned group of leaders, will enable the company to focus on strategic and long-term growth opportunities across brands and businesses,” Mr. Luis concluded.

Coach, Inc. is a leading New York design house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle brands. The Coach brand was established in New York City in 1941, and has a rich heritage of pairing exceptional leathers and materials with innovative design. Coach is sold worldwide through Coach stores, select department stores and specialty stores, and through Coach’s website at In 2015, Coach acquired Stuart Weitzman, a global leader in designer footwear, sold in more than 70 countries and through its website at Coach, Inc.’s common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol COH and Coach’s Hong Kong Depositary Receipts are traded on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited under the symbol 6388.

Neither the Hong Kong Depositary Receipts nor the Hong Kong Depositary Shares evidenced thereby have been or will be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to, or for the account of, a U.S. Person (within the meaning of Regulation S under the Securities Act), absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. Hedging transactions involving these securities may not be conducted unless in compliance with the Securities Act.

This information to be made available in this press release may contain forward-looking statements based on management’s current expectations. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements that can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “will,” “can,” “should,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “continue,” “project,” “guidance,” “forecast,” “anticipated,” “moving,” “leveraging,” “targeting,” “assume,” “plan,” “pursue,” “look forward to,” “on track to return,” “to achieve” or comparable terms. Future results may differ materially from management’s current expectations, based upon a number of important factors, including risks and uncertainties such as expected economic trends, the ability to anticipate consumer preferences, the ability to control costs and successfully execute our transformation and operational efficiency initiatives and growth strategies and our ability to achieve intended benefits, cost savings and synergies from acquisitions, etc. Please refer to Coach, Inc.’s latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a complete list of risks and important factors.

Analysts & Media:
Andrea Shaw Resnick
Global Head of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications

Christina Colone
Senior Director
Investor Relations

Source: Coach, Inc.

CVS Health appoints Thomas M. Moriarty to the newly created role of chief policy and external affairs officer

CVS Health appoints Thomas M. Moriarty to the newly created role of chief policy and external affairs officer


WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Apr-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today (April 6, 2017) announced that current executive vice president and general counsel Thomas M. Moriarty has been appointed to the newly created role of chief policy and external affairs officer for the nation’s largest pharmacy innovation company.

Moriarty will continue to report directly to President and CEO Larry Merlo, and will bring together corporate communications, legal, government affairs and public policy under one operating unit to manage the company’s external affairs in Washington, D.C. and state capitals across the country. In his expanded role, Moriarty will manage at the epicenter of corporate strategy and counsel, bringing an integrated set of capabilities to impact and shape national and state-specific public policy for CVS Health and its businesses. From this vantage point, Moriarty and his team will help promote the company’s role in reshaping a health care industry that is more accessible and affordable, and that delivers better outcomes for patients.

“Tom has been an integral member of the CVS Health executive team as chief strategy officer and general counsel, and brings a tremendous wealth of public policy expertise to his expanded responsibilities that allow us to bring greater value to the health care system,” said Larry Merlo, president and chief executive officer. “Tom’s new role will deliver an integrated approach to policy development and external engagement so the company can contribute to the public dialogue and bring forth innovative solutions to important legislative and regulatory proposals. As we work to navigate the changes in healthcare and policy over the next few years, I am pleased to have Tom leading this effort.”

“The public policy and health care landscapes in the coming months and years will be some of the most important of our time for our communities and country in terms of patient care and strengthening the delivery system,” said Moriarty. “As a company that touches more than 100 million consumers and patients at multiple points along the health care continuum each year, we have learned valuable lessons on how to drive better patient outcomes and lower health care costs. We look forward to sharing our company’s insights on important policy initiatives as we work collaboratively with elected officials and health care policy experts at the local, state and national levels.”

Moriarty joined CVS Health in 2012, and since that time has held several senior roles, including general counsel, chief strategy officer, and chairman of Red Oak Sourcing.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at

Media Contact:
Joe Goode



John Lewis appoints Julie Blake as Branch Manager for its first ever shop in Oxford

London, 2017-Mar-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis has taken the next step toward opening its first ever shop in Oxford today ( 16 March 2017) by announcing the appointment of long-standing Partner Julie Blake as Branch Manager.

Julie will be responsible for the overall success of the 120,000 sq ft shop, which represents an £18m investment in Oxford by John Lewis. As branch manager of John Lewis Oxford, Julie will lead around 300 local Partners (staff), including sales assistants and specialist advisers.

Julie has been with John Lewis for over 30 years, having started as an A-level management trainee at the retailer’s Reading department store. She later went on to spend time as General Manager, Selling at John Lewis’ flagship Oxford Street store, where she was responsible for seven selling floors as well as the PR, Marketing and Visual Merchandising for the branch. Julie has been at the helm of many John Lewis shops, undertaking the role of Branch Manager at John Lewis Watford, John Lewis Solihull and most recently, John Lewis At Home in Newbury.

Commenting on her new role, Julie Blake, Branch Manager at John Lewis Oxford said: ‘As someone who works in the surrounding area, I’ve been following the plans for John Lewis Oxford very closely. I am beyond excited to be appointed Branch Manager for our first Oxford shop and to play a role at Westgate Oxford, which is set to become a spectacular retail and leisure landmark in this iconic city. I began my own career with this business and I can’t wait to start building a fantastic team of new Partners to deliver the outstanding customer service that John Lewis is known for.’

John Lewis Oxford will begin accepting job applications for Section Managers in April and other roles to follow. John Lewis Oxford will open alongside other shops at the £440m Westgate Oxford development on 24 October 2017.

Notes to editors

John Lewis – John Lewis operates 48 John Lewis shops across the UK (34 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business.

John Lewis stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department store and across fashion, home and technology, and was named  ‘Best In-Store Experience’, ‘Best Clothing Retailer,’ ‘Best Electricals Retailer,’ ‘Best Furniture Retailer,’ ‘Best Homewares Retailer’ and ‘Best Click & Collect Retailer’ in the 2016 Verdict Customer Satisfaction awards. is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

You can follow John Lewis on the following social media channels:


Elli Share
Communications Officer Corporate
Telephone: 020 7798 3145

Source: John Lewis

LCP appoints West Midlands property agencies Bulleys and Lambert Smith Hampton to jointly market Prime Point

London, 2017-Mar-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading commercial property investment company LCP has appointed two West Midlands property agencies to help attract businesses to its multi-million pound speculative development.

LCP is building Prime Point, a 130,000 sq ft development of four industrial and warehouse units, on a site at its flagship Pensnett Estate business estate in the Black Country.

With building now well under way, it has appointed West Midlands commercial property specialist Bulleys and national commercial property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) to jointly market the development.

Andrew Preston, LCP’s industrial portfolio manager, said: “This is a major investment and we are keen to ensure that businesses from as far afield as possible are made aware of the potential to relocate or open a new base here in the Black Country. Both LSH and Bulleys have exceptional contacts in the UK across a wide range of sectors, which will help yield high-calibre tenants that are looking for first-class premises in an area that has excellent road and motorway links.”

Matt Tilt, director of LSH Birmingham’s industrial and agency team, said: “Prime Point will be a superb addition to the Pensnett Estate and we’re looking forward to working with LCP to help bring businesses here. We’ll be using our extensive networks in the industrial and logistics sectors to market this much-needed facility.”

Noel Muscutt, partner at Bulleys, added: “LCP is bringing Prime Point to the market at an important time when there is an extreme lack of quality industrial units available for occupiers. Bulleys is excited to be working with LCP on this prestigious scheme.”

Potential tenants at Prime Point can take units between 10,000 and 40,000 sq ft. Completion is expected in November 2017.

The Pensnett Estate is one of the largest secure business estates in Europe, and home to 160 businesses in over 2.4 million sq ft of commercial property.  The Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (BCLEP) has been supporting LCP with this latest development.


Andrew Preston
01384 400123

Source: LCP