Kroger EVP and CFO Mike Schlotman to present at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2018 Consumer & Retail Technology Conference

CINCINNATI, 2018-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today (March 7, 2018) announced that Mike Schlotman, Kroger’s executive vice president and CFO, will address investors at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2018 Consumer & Retail Technology Conference at 10:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

The presentation will broadcast online at ir.kroger.com.  Click on “Events, Presentations & Webcasts” to access the event.  The presentation will be available in an archived format for one week following the conference.

At The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), we are dedicated to our Purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™. We are nearly half a million associates who serve nine million customers daily through a seamless digital shopping experience and 2,800 retail food stores under a variety of banner names, serving America through food inspiration and uplift, and creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025. To learn more about us, visit our newsroom and investor relations site.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

CarMax EVP and COO Cliff Wood to retire; Ed Hill to succeed

Company Highlights Succession Plan and Executive Promotions

RICHMOND, Va., 2017-Nov-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE:KMX) today (October 30, 2017) announced that Cliff Wood plans to retire as executive vice president and chief operating officer by the end of the summer of 2018 and will be succeeded by Ed Hill, currently CarMax’s executive vice president, strategy and business transformation.

“Cliff has been instrumental in building CarMax’s industry-leading store operations,” said Bill Nash, CarMax president and CEO. “He has helped guide the company successfully through many years of growth and has built a strong field leadership team. We are incredibly grateful for his many years of service and contributions to CarMax’s success.” Wood joined CarMax in 1993 as a buyer at CarMax’s first location in Richmond, Virginia.

Mr. Hill, 58, was promoted to executive vice president, strategy and business transformation in 2016. He joined CarMax in 1995 as director of service operations and progressively advanced to senior vice president, assuming leadership for CarMax’s corporate strategy in 2012. Prior to joining CarMax, he served in operational roles for several technology companies.

“Ed was the driving force behind the development and ongoing enhancement of our vehicle reconditioning process, one of CarMax’s key competitive advantages,” said Mr. Nash. “He has been an integral member of the executive leadership team, and his breadth of experience in operations, corporate strategy and enterprise change management will be essential for our future growth.”

CarMax also announced that, effective November 1, 2017, two additional executives will be promoted. Darren Newberry will be promoted to senior vice president, store operations, and Joe Wilson will be promoted to senior vice president, store strategy and logistics.

Mr. Newberry, 48, was promoted to vice president, regional sales, in 2016, responsible for the field sales organization through the 11 CarMax regions. He joined CarMax in March 2004 as location general manager-in-training in the Los Angeles region and was promoted to location general manager of the Duarte, California store in 2006. He was promoted subsequently to positions of increasing responsibility, including regional vice president general manager of the Baltimore region in 2013 and the Los Angeles region in 2014. Prior to joining CarMax, Mr. Newberry served as store manager and area manager for Bed, Bath and Beyond from 1994 to 2004. In his new role, he will lead the field operations for the sales, service and merchandising organizations.

Mr. Wilson, 44, was promoted to vice president, merchandising operations in 2016. He began his career at CarMax in May 1995 as a buyer-in-training at the Raleigh, N.C.store, where he was subsequently promoted to buyer and then senior buyer. Mr. Wilson later served as purchasing manager at two CarMax stores in southern Floridabefore being promoted to regional vice president of merchandising. He was promoted to assistant vice president, auction services and merchandising development in 2008 and then vice president, auction services and merchandising development in 2013. In his new role, he will lead field strategy, including our auction business, and logistics.

About CarMax

CarMax is the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, currently operating 180 stores in 39 states nationwide. CarMax revolutionized the auto industry by delivering the honest, transparent and high-integrity car buying experience customers want and deserve. For more than 20 years, CarMax has made car buying more ethical, fair and stress-free by offering a no-haggle, no-hassle experience and an incredible selection of vehicles. CarMax makes selling your car easy too, by offering no-obligation appraisals good for seven days. At CarMax, we’ll buy your car even if you don’t buy ours®. CarMax has more than 24,000 associates nationwide and for 13 consecutive years has been named as one of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For®. During the twelve months ended February 28, 2017, the company retailed 671,294 used vehicles and sold 391,686 wholesale vehicles at its in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

We caution readers that the statements contained in this release about our future business plans, succession plans, operations, opportunities or prospects are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these forward-looking statements by the use of words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “outlook,” “plan,” “predict,” “should,” “will” and other similar expressions, whether in the negative or affirmative. Such forward-looking statements are based upon management’s current knowledge and assumptions about future events and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from anticipated results. Among the factors that could cause actual results and outcomes to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements are the following:

  • Changes in the competitive landscape and/or our failure to successfully adjust to such changes.
  • Events that damage our reputation or harm the perception of the quality of our brand.
  • Changes in general or regional U.S. economic conditions.
  • Changes in the availability or cost of capital and working capital financing, including changes related to the asset-backed securitization market.
  • Our inability to recruit, develop and retain associates and maintain positive associate relations.
  • The loss of key associates from our store, regional or corporate management teams or a significant increase in labor costs.
  • Security breaches or other events that result in the misappropriation, loss or other unauthorized disclosure of confidential customer, associate or corporate information.
  • Significant changes in prices of new and used vehicles.
  • Changes in economic conditions or other factors that result in greater credit losses for CAF’s portfolio of auto loan receivables than anticipated.
  • A reduction in the availability of or access to sources of inventory or a failure to expeditiously liquidate inventory.
  • Changes in consumer credit availability provided by our third-party finance providers.
  • Changes in the availability of extended protection plan products from third-party providers.
  • Factors related to the regulatory and legislative environment in which we operate.
  • Factors related to geographic and sales growth, including the inability to effectively manage our growth.
  • The failure of or inability to sufficiently enhance key information systems.
  • The effect of various litigation matters.
  • Adverse conditions affecting one or more automotive manufacturers, and manufacturer recalls.
  • The inaccuracy of estimates and assumptions used in the preparation of our financial statements, or the effect of new accounting requirements or changes to U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.
  • The performance of the third-party vendors we rely on for key components of our business.
  • Factors related to seasonal fluctuations in our business.
  • The occurrence of severe weather events.
  • Factors related to the geographic concentration of our stores.

For more details on factors that could affect expectations, see our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2017, and our quarterly or current reports as filed with or furnished to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Our filings are publicly available on our investor information home page at investors.carmax.com. Requests for information may also be made to the Investor Relations Department by email to investor_relations@carmax.com or by calling 1-804-747-0422 ext. 4391. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements after the date they are made, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Media Inquiries:
(855) 887-2915
pr@carmax.com

Customer Relations:
(800) 519-1511

Marketing Inquiries:
marketing_carmax@carmax.com

Source: CarMax, Inc.

Office Depot welcomes N. David Bleisch as its EVP, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary

Office Depot welcomes N. David Bleisch as its EVP, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary

 

Boca Raton, Fla., 2017-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading provider of office supplies, business products and services delivered through an omnichannel platform, today ( September 20, 2017) announced N. David Bleisch, a distinguished law professional with more than 30 years of experience, has joined the company as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary.

Bleisch will lead the strategic direction of the legal organization and operations, as well as manage the regulatory and compliance matters for the company. He will report directly to Office Depot’s Chief Executive Officer Gerry Smith.

“David has been a trusted legal advisor for many years and has provided strategic legal solutions to key business issues within the organizations he’s worked for with an outstanding track record,” said Gerry Smith, Chief Executive Officer for Office Depot, Inc. “He is an experienced and knowledgeable leader in his field and we are thrilled to welcome him to Office Depot as the new Chief Legal Officer.”

David has broad expertise in securities compliance, enterprise risk management, corporate finance, antitrust, litigation, intellectual property management, government and regulatory affairs, investor relations, labor and employment issues, shareholder engagement, class action lawsuits and mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to joining Office Depot, Bleisch was Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for The ADT Corporation, where he managed the legal, environmental, health and safety, government affairs and corporate governance matters. Earlier in his career, he served in several leadership roles at Tyco International before being appointed Vice President and General Counsel of Tyco Security Solutions, the largest operating segment of Tyco, comprised of ADT Worldwide, Tyco Security Products and Tyco Retail Solutions. During this time, he also managed the intellectual property legal group for all of Tyco’s operating segments worldwide.

“What I found most compelling about Office Depot is the energy and excitement around the company’s vision for innovation and continuous improvement,” said Bleisch. “I’m eager and excited to join the company at such a critical phase in its growth and development.”

Bleisch is filling the role vacated by Steve Calkins who was promoted to President, Business Solutions Division in May.

About Office Depot, Inc.

Office Depot, Inc. is a leading provider of office supplies, business products and services delivered through an omnichannel platform.

The company had 2016 annual sales of approximately $11 billion, employed approximately 38,000 associates, and served consumers and businesses in North America and abroad with approximately 1,400 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – with a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax and Grand & Toy. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and Highmark.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “ODP.”

Office Depot is a trademark of The Office Club, Inc. OfficeMax is a trademark of OMX, Inc. ©2017 Office Depot, Inc. All rights reserved. Any other product or company names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

Contact:

AnneMarie Mathews
561-438-6710
annemarie.mathews@officedepot.com

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

Sonic Corp. appoints Jose A. Dueñas as EVP and chief brand officer

Sonic Corp. appoints Jose A. Dueñas as EVP and chief brand officer

 

OKLAHOMA CITY, 2017-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ:SONC), the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants, today (Aug 9, 2017) announced the appointment of Jose A. Dueñas as executive vice president and chief brand officer.

Dueñas will be responsible for the end-to-end customer experience including marketing and culinary innovation, digital strategy, consumer insights, guest relations, concept development and overall evolution of the SONIC brand for the long term. He joins the brand with more than two decades of marketing and brand senior leadership in the restaurant and consumer packaged goods industries, most recently leading same-store sales growth and profitability for Olive Garden where he served as executive vice president and chief marketing officer.

“I am delighted to welcome Jose to Sonic this month,” said Clifford Hudson, Sonic CEO. “His experience and impressive track record complements our recent appointment of Lori Abou Habib as chief marketing officer. Jose brings broad expertise and talent to Sonic; we are confident his leadership and expertise will support continued growth of our brand.”

In his five years with Olive Garden, Dueñas served as marketing lead with responsibility for brand strategy, food innovation, guest experience design, advertising and communications, digital and social media, market research and guest relations. Under his leadership the brand achieved 11 consecutive quarters of same-store sales growth, outperforming the industry. Dueñas joined Olive Garden after 15 years of progressively responsible positions at the Kellogg Company in the United States and Mexico.

The company also announced that its Board of Directors has approved the continuation of the Company’s quarterly cash dividend program. Beginning in the first fiscal quarter of 2018, the Company expects to declare a quarterly dividend of $0.16 per share of common stock, which represents an increase of 14% from the current quarterly dividend of $0.14 per share. As previously announced, a dividend of $0.14 per share is to be paid to shareholders of record as of the close of business on August 9, 2017, with a payment date of August 18, 2017. In addition to the dividend, the Board of Directors has approved an incremental $160 million share repurchase authorization. The new authorization allows for the repurchase of up to $160 million of common stock through the end of fiscal 2018.

Future declaration of quarterly dividends and the establishment of future record and payment dates are subject to the final determination of the company’s board of directors. Share repurchases may be made from time-to-time in the open market or otherwise, including through an accelerated share repurchase program, under the terms of a Rule 10b5-1 plan, in privately negotiated transactions or in round lot or block transactions.

About Sonic

SONIC, America’s Drive-In is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain serving approximately 3 million customers every day. Nearly 94 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local business men and women. For 64 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. Since the 2009 launch of SONIC’s Limeades for Learning philanthropic campaign in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, SONIC has donated $8.5 million to public school teachers nationwide to fund essential learning materials and innovative teaching resources to inspire creativity and learning in today’s youth. To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit sonicdrivein.com and please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about SONIC’s Limeades for Learning initiative, please visit Limeadesforlearning.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements reflect management’s expectations regarding future events and operating performance and speak only as of the date hereof. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or underlying, these forward-looking statements are detailed in the company’s annual and quarterly report filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly release revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unforeseen events, except as required to be reported under the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact:
Christi Woodworth
405-225-5600
Vice President of Public Relations

Source: Sonic Corp.

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Toys“R”Us announces the appointment of Mark Johnson as EVP, U.S. Marketplace Operations

WAYNE, NJ, 2017-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us, Inc., the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, today (August 7, 2017) announced Mark Johnson was named Executive Vice President, U.S. Marketplace Operations, effective immediately. He will report directly to Chairman and CEO Dave Brandon.

Mr. Johnson had been serving as interim EVP, Store Operations since May. Johnson joined the company in October 2014 as Regional Director for stores before being promoted to Vice President of Operations, Strategy and Execution in 2015, where he provided leadership across multiple store teams with a focus on driving sales and consistent operational execution in the marketplace.

In his new role, Mark Johnson will be responsible for delivering an exceptional shopping experience for customers across the company’s Toys“R”Us® and Babies“R”Us® brick and mortar locations in the U.S. This includes virtually every aspect of the company’s retail operation, from people, process and planning to ensuring flawless execution for customers. Mr. Johnson will also serve as a member of the company’s Global Leadership Team, providing strategic direction and support for Store Operations.

“As we work to grow and build our brands across the globe, the customer experience is at the core of everything we do,” said Mr. Brandon. “Over the last several years, Mark has been a key player in the evolution of our brick and mortar store operations and in this important leadership position, he will have even greater opportunity to help our store teams become trusted friends and advocates for kids and their families.”

Prior to joining the company, Mr. Johnson served as Regional Manager for Walmart Stores, U.S., where he led process and customer service excellence. He was a Partner at McKinney Rogers Global Business Execution Consultancy, where he provided counsel to senior leaders at Walmart and other businesses undergoing transformation. Earlier in his career, Mr. Johnson served in the United States Marine Corps before retiring in 2007.

Mr. Johnson received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Military Science from the Marine Corps University in Quantico, VA. In addition to his full-time role, Mr. Johnson is an Athlete Ambassador for the National Down Syndrome Society. He lives in New Jersey with his wife Karen Lynn Johnson, and is the proud father of four children and three grandchildren.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 879 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in 815 international stores and over 255 licensed stores in 37 countries and jurisdictions. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Toys“R”Us, Inc. is headquartered in Wayne, NJ, and has nearly 65,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Over the past three decades, the Company has given more than $100 million in product donations to children’s charities. Since 1992, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., has also donated more than $130 million in grants. For more information, visit Toysrusinc.com or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter.

For more information please contact:

Media:
Amy von Walter
Executive Vice President, Communications and Customer Care, Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Amy.vonWalter@toysrus.com
(201) 815-9512

Source: Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Bruce Besanko to resign as SUPERVALU’s EVP, COO and CFO

MINNEAPOLIS, 2017-Jun-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE:SVU) today (Jun. 26, 2017) announced that Bruce Besanko has informed the Company’s Board of Directors of his intention to resign his positions as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer effective July 5, 2017 to pursue an opportunity outside the Company.

SUPERVALU also announced that Rob Woseth, the Company’s Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer, will assume the additional position of Interim Chief Financial Officer, and David Johnson, the Company’s Vice President, Controller, will assume the additional position of Interim Chief Accounting Officer, while the Company completes a search for a permanent chief financial officer.

“On behalf of SUPERVALU, I want to thank Bruce for his service over the past four years. Bruce made numerous contributions to this organization, including improvements to the Company’s capital structure that have laid the groundwork for our transformation. We wish Bruce well in his future endeavors,” said Mark Gross, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Rob and David are important leaders at the Company, and I am very pleased that they will assume these interim roles.”

About SUPERVALU INC.

(The following information on sales, store counts and employees is as of SUPERVALU’s last fiscal year end and does not include Unified Grocers)

SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. with annual sales of approximately $12 billion in fiscal 2017. SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of 2,363 stores including 1,902 stores operated by wholesale customers serviced primarily by the Company’s food distribution business and 217 traditional retail grocery stores operated under five retail banners in six geographic regions (store counts as of February 25, 2017). Headquartered in Minnesota, SUPERVALU has approximately 29,000 employees.

For more information about SUPERVALU visit www.supervalu.com.

INVESTOR CONTACT:
Steve Bloomquist
952-828-4144
steve.j.bloomquist@supervalu.com

MEDIA CONTACT:
Jeff Swanson
952-903-1645
jeffrey.s.swanson@supervalu.com

Source: SUPERVALU INC.

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 www.dollargeneral.com.

Contact(s):

Investor Contact:
Mary Winn Pilkington
615-855-5536

Media Contacts:

Dan MacDonald
615-855-5209

Crystal Ghassemi
615-855-5210

Source: Dollar General Corporation

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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.

Contact(s):
Investor Contact:
Mary Winn Pilkington
615-855-5536

Media Contacts:
Dan MacDonald
615-855-5209

Crystal Ghassemi
615-855-5210

Source: Dollar General Corporation

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Kroger’s EVP and CFO Mike Schlotman to present at the Oppenheimer Annual Consumer Conference

CINCINNATI, 2017-Jun-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced today ( June 14, 2017) Mike Schlotman, Kroger’s executive vice president and CFO, will address investors at the Oppenheimer Annual Consumer Conference on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 9:45 a.m. (ET).

The presentation will be broadcast online at ir.kroger.com. Click on “Events, Presentations & Webcasts” to access the event. An on-demand replay of the webcast will be available from approximately 1 p.m. (ET) Wednesday, June 21, 2017 through Wednesday, July 5, 2017.

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

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Yasir Anwar

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

About Macy’s, Inc.

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

(NOTE: Additional information on Macy’s, Inc., including past news releases, is available at www.macysinc.com/pressroom).

Macy’s Media:
Blair Fasbender Rosenberg
212-333-3810

Macy’s Investors:
Monica Koehler
513-579-7780

Source: Macy’s, 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.

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
ksaville@bjs.com
774-512-7425

Kristy Houston
khouston@bjs.com
774-512-5086

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

Toys“R”Us appoints Cornell Boggs as its EVP and General Counsel

WAYNE, NJ, 2017-Feb-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us, Inc., the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, today (February 7, 2017) announced the hiring of Cornell Boggs as its Executive Vice President and General Counsel, effective February 15, 2017. He will report directly to Chairman and CEO Dave Brandon.

Mr. Boggs joins Toys“R”Us from Dow Corning Corporation, a large multinational based in Midland, Michigan, where he served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. In that role, he oversaw teams in Asia, Europe and Latin America, in addition to the U.S. and was responsible for Legal, Government Affairs, Compliance and Ethics.

In his new role, Mr. Boggs will be responsible for leading all legal, corporate governance and legislative matters for the company. He will provide advice and counsel to the Leadership Team on a wide-range of issues, including those focused on achieving the company’s growth objectives. Mr. Boggs will be a key advocate for the Toys“R”Us brand, ensuring the company’s interests are represented in the many places around the globe where it does business. He will also work closely with the Board of Directors in his position as Corporate Secretary.

“Cornell’s extensive global experience extends well beyond traditional legal issues,” said Mr. Brandon. “He brings strong leadership skills, business acumen and an appreciation for the unique complexities of our company. I am confident that he will make a significant contribution to our ongoing transformation and plans for growth.”

Before Dow Corning, Mr. Boggs was Chief Responsibility and Ethics Officer for MillerCoors LLC/Coors Brewing Company. He also held senior level roles with major global companies, including Tyco Plastics and Adhesives, Intel Corporation, Anheuser-Busch, and Monsanto and spent two years with the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Boggs has a JD and a BA from Valparaiso University in Indiana. He serves on the Boards of his alma mater, where he is Vice Chairman of the Audit Committee, as well as Thrivent Financial, a Fortune 500 financial services company. Mr. Boggs is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council, the preeminent membership organization committed to increasing the number of black executives in C-Suites, on corporate boards and in global enterprises.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 885 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 795 international stores and over 259 licensed stores in 37 countries and jurisdictions. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Toys“R”Us, Inc. is headquartered in Wayne, NJ, and has an annual workforce of approximately 62,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Since 1992, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., has donated more than $125 million in grants to children’s charities. For more information, visit Toysrusinc.com or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter. Follow Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus and Facebook.com/Babiesrus and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus and Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

Media Contact:

Amy von Walter
Executive Vice President
Global Communications and Public Relations
Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Amy.vonWalter@toysrus.com
201-815-9512

Source:Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Toys“R”Us announces the appointment of PepsiCo veteran, Carla Hassan as EVP, Global Chief Marketing Officer

WAYNE, NJ, 2017-Jan-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us, Inc., the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, today (January 23, 2017) announced that PepsiCo veteran, Carla Hassan will join the company as Executive Vice President, Global Chief Marketing Officer, effective February 20, 2017. She will report directly to Chairman and CEO Dave Brandon.

Ms. Hassan was most recently Senior Vice President, Brand Management for PepsiCo’s Global Beverage Group, where she was responsible for driving the growth agenda for brands including Pepsi, 7UP, Mountain Dew, and Gatorade.

In her new role, Ms. Hassan will be responsible for developing a global marketing strategy and a best-in-class team to drive growth for the toy and baby businesses. She will also lead the efforts to position and enhance the relevancy of the brand, leveraging relationships with vendors and licensing partners to increase positive consumer perception of the company.

“Creative and effective Marketing will play a critical role in building our brand and business, not only here in the U.S. but around the world,” said Mr. Brandon. “Carla not only has exceptional experience from both a global brand and leadership perspective, she brings with her a passion and reputation for change. I expect to see her immediate positive impact on our Marketing programs and ability to connect with today’s consumers and drive traffic into our bricks and mortar stores and our web store.”

During her thirteen years with PepsiCo, Ms. Hassan held a number of strategic Marketing leadership roles for Quaker and Gatorade in the U.S., and was CMO for the company’s Middle East/Africa food and beverage business. Prior to that she held a variety of marketing roles at The Kellogg Company overseeing well-known brands including Keebler and Eggo.

“I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to steward another iconic brand. As a marketer, a mom and a kid at heart, I see endless opportunities to make this brand even more magical and inspiring,” said Ms. Hassan.

Ms. Hassan has an MBA from the Thunderbird Graduation School of International Management and a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, Business, Economics and Political Science from the University of Colorado. In 2016, she was named one of Ad Age’s Women to Watch.

In addition to Ms. Hassan’s appointment, the company announced two additional leadership changes. Diane Preston was promoted to Executive Vice President, Supply Chain and Kevin Macnab was promoted to President, International.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 885 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 795 international stores and over 259 licensed stores in 38 countries and jurisdictions. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Toys“R”Us, Inc. is headquartered in Wayne, NJ, and has an annual workforce of approximately 62,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Since 1992, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., has donated more than $125 million in grants to children’s charities. For more information, visit Toysrusinc.com or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter. Follow Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus and Facebook.com/Babiesrus and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus and Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

Contact:
Media:
Adrienne O’Hara
Executive Director
Global Communications & PR, Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Adrienne.Ohara@toysrus.com
973-617-4383

Jessica Offerjost
Public Relations
Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Jessica.Offerjost@toysrus.com
973-617-4766

Source: Toys“R”Us, Inc.