ICA Gruppen appoints Maria Lundberg as the new Chief Information Officer

Solna, Sweden, 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Maria Lundberg has been named as the new Chief Information Officer (CIO) of ICA Gruppen. To enable ICA to better capitalise on opportunities created by digitalisation of businesses and to further strengthen Group synergies in IT, she will also have a seat on the ICA Management Team. Maria is currently Director of IT for ICA Sweden. She will assume her new position on 1 January 2018.

Maria Lundberg has a long record of experience in IT and the grocery retail business through her current role as Director of IT for ICA Sweden and has previously worked for Axfood and in various positions at Tieto Enator. ICA Gruppen’s previous CIO, Yngve Nivaeus, is leaving ICA after ten years in that position.

“Digitalisation is becoming an increasingly important part of ICA Gruppen’s business and a driver of innovation in customer communication, sales via new channels, and digitalisation of internal processes. This work is already under way, and with Maria on the ICA Management Team my hope is that we will be able to create even better conditions for consensus and coordination,” comments Per Strömberg, CEO of ICA Gruppen.

Organisationally the IT function will continue to be part of Finance, and the CIO will report to ICA Gruppen’s CFO, Sven Lindskog. The work on finding a successor to Maria Lundberg as Head of IT for ICA Sweden has begun.

For more information:
ICA Gruppen press service
Telephone number: +46 10 422 52 52

Source: ICA Gruppen

Dollar General welcomes Carman Wenkoff as EVP and chief information officer

Dollar General welcomes Carman Wenkoff as EVP and chief information officer


Wenkoff brings track record of driving retail digital innovation

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn., 2017-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG) today (June 21, 2017) announced that Carman Wenkoff will join the Company as executive vice president and chief information officer (CIO) effective July 10. Wenkoff replaces current CIO Ryan Boone, who recently announced his retirement. Wenkoff brings a broad range of experience to Dollar General with success in implementing digital strategies and payment and loyalty solutions at the retail level.

“I am excited to have someone with Carman’s experience and digital expertise to be joining our team to lead this important part of the business,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer. “We continue to focus on enhancing our digital presence and meeting our customers when and how they decide to engage with us. I’m confident with Carman’s vision we will continue to strengthen these efforts as well as leveraging technology to improve our processes, lower costs and drive a better customer experience.”

Wenkoff most recently served as chief information officer and chief digital officer for Subway® restaurants where under his leadership the Information Technology (IT) team created an innovative digital marketing platform and point-of-sale system, and many other integrated store technology solutions to help increase sales and profitability. Prior to his role at Subway®, Wenkoff was part of the IT and management team at Subway® restaurant’s franchisee-owned Independent Purchasing Cooperative and served as Chairman of the Retail Gift Card Association. Previous to that, he served in senior IT management positions with several tech firms focused on digital marketing and payment and loyalty solutions. Wenkoff began his career in law and served as general counsel for Pivotal Corporation. He also served as vice president, operations/finance and general counsel for Ontain Corporation, a technology company focused on mobile and retail merchant solutions.

Wenkoff earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada. He earned his Law degree at the University of Victoria in Victoria, Canada. He was admitted to practice law in both the Province of British Columbia, Canada, and the State of Washington.

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 www.dollargeneral.com.

Investor Contact:
Mary Winn Pilkington

Media Contacts:
Dan MacDonald

Crystal Ghassemi

Source: Dollar General Corporation


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.

Visit www.BJs.com, and for exclusive content find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

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

For further information:
Kirk Saville

Kristy Houston

SOURCE: BJ’s Wholesale Club

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. welcomes Norm Veit as its new EVP, Chief Information Officer

YORK, Pa., 2017-May-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: BONT) today (May 2, 2017 ) announced the appointment of Norm Veit to the position of Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer of the Company, effective Monday, May 1, 2017.  Mr. Veit will have responsibility for IT strategy and operations.

Veit brings more than 35 years of valuable experience to Bon-Ton, having held a variety of leadership roles in retail companies throughout his career. He most recently served as Chief Information Officer and EVP, Distribution, Real Estate & Facilities for Nine West Holdings, Inc. In this role, Veit was responsible for the company’s global IT strategy and operations, revamping retail systems to improve efficiency, enhancing the customer shopping experience, and all corporate real estate and facilities operations. Previous assignments at Nine West include Sr. Vice President Corporate MIS and Vice President, MIS. Mr. Veit has his Business Administration degree from Temple University.

Commenting on Mr. Veit’s appointment, Bill Tracy, Chief Operating Officer, said, “We are delighted to have Norm join our executive leadership team. He brings extensive knowledge in IT operations as well as strategic planning to Bon-Ton. We also look forward to benefitting from his retail systems expertise and his capabilities to enhance customer shopping experience.”

About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 261 stores, which includes nine furniture galleries and four clearance centers, in 25 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates. The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings. The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves. For further information, please visit http://investors.bonton.com.

SOURCE: The Bon-Ton Stores

The Andersons, Inc. announces the appointment of Anthony Lombardi as Chief Information Officer

MAUMEE, Ohio, 2016-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Andersons, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANDE) has appointed Anthony Lombardi as its new Chief Information Officer, reporting to John Granato, Chief Financial Officer.

For 36 years, Tony has worked in various technology disciplines, including more than 30 years in IT strategy development and systems implementation.

“Tony’s extensive background in large systems implementations and strategy development combined with his track record of being a leader who engages, motivates and develops strong technical and operational teams will be a great asset to The Andersons,” said CFO John Granato.

Tony joins The Andersons after most recently serving as the Vice President of Global Business Services & Chief Information Officer for Armstrong World Industries in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Armstrong World Industries in 1997, Tony worked for Unisys Corporation.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania.

About The Andersons, Inc.
Founded in Maumee, Ohio, in 1947, The Andersons is a diversified company rooted in agriculture conducting business across North America in the grain, ethanol, plant nutrient and rail sectors. The Company also has a consumer retailing presence. For more information, visit The Andersons online at www.andersonsinc.com.

Debbie Crow
Senior Manager
Corporate Communications
Phone: 419-891-6483
Email: debra_crow@andersonsinc.com

SOURCE: The Andersons, Inc.