Taco Bell International president Melissa Lora to retire in the summer of 2018

Liz Williams will take over as President, Taco Bell International and Rahul Shinde will join as Division Chief Financial Officer

Irvine, Calif., 2017-Nov-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Taco Bell announced today (November 13, 2017) that Melissa Lora, President, Taco Bell International, will be retiring in the summer of 2018 after 31 years with the company.

“Everyone at Taco Bell has been positively impacted by the contributions of Melissa Lora over the last 30 years. I have had the privilege of working with many talented people, and Melissa is one of the brightest and most thoughtful leaders in the business,” said Brian Niccol, CEO, Taco Bell Corp. “Her accomplishments have made an enduring impact on our people, culture, and business, and have paved the path for us to continue opening new restaurants around the world, pursuing our path to more than 9,000 restaurants by 2022.”

After receiving her MBA from USC, Lora joined Taco Bell as an analyst in Development in 1987 and worked her way up within the Finance and Development departments. In 1998, Lora moved to the east coast and became Vice President General Manager Northeast, in charge of growing the brand in the region. After successfully growing Taco Bell, in 2001, she moved back to California. As Chief Financial and Development Officer for 12 years, Lora set the stage for Taco Bell’s record restaurant development and championed its industry-leading economic model.

In 2013, Lora was named President of International, a role that was created after Taco Bell took over international expansion from Yum! Brands. Her combined experience in general management, finance, development, and franchise management created a brand-building-focused strategy for global expansion. This year, Taco Bell International achieved record new restaurant openings, entering five new countries with growth-minded franchise partners.

Lora dedicated a lot of her time to growing others, helping countless mentees across the brand build their leadership capability, resulting in her industry-wide recognition as an influential female leader.

Following Lora’s retirement, Liz Williams will step into the role of President, Taco Bell International. Williams is currently Chief Financial Officer, and under her leadership, the company has been delivering strong returns, best-in-class margins and financial performance that has taken Taco Bell’s restaurant growth to a 20-year high.

Rahul Shinde has been named Division Chief Financial Officer, joining Taco Bell Corp. from KFC India. As General Manager, Shinde led the incredible transformation and turnaround of the KFC India Business. He defined a simple yet powerful business strategy, then built up a high-performing team focused on one-system culture. Under his leadership, the brand became distinctive, relevant, and profitable for the first time since its inception.


Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM), is the nation’s leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant (QSR) brand. From breakfast to late night, Taco Bell serves made-to-order and customizable tacos and burritos, among other craveable choices, and is the first QSR restaurant to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified menu items. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations proudly serve over 42 million customers each week through 7,000 restaurants across the nation, as well as through its mobile, desktop and delivery ordering services. Overseas, Taco Bell has over 250 restaurants, with plans to add 2,000 more restaurants internationally within the next decade. The brand encourages its fans to “Live Mas” and connects with them through sports, gaming and new music via its Feed The Beat® music program. Taco Bell also provides education opportunities and serves the community through its nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell® Foundation™, and connects fans with their passions through programs such as the Live Mas Scholarship program. In 2016, Taco Bell was named as one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in the World.

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Retail Marketing Services President and CEO David Reid to retire; Matthew Dodson appointed interim


SACRAMENTO, CA, 2017-Nov-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Retail Marketing Services, Inc. (RMS) has announced that David Reid, President and Chief Executive Officer, will retire effective November 17, 2017. Matthew Dodson, Executive Vice President for RMS, has been named the company’s Interim President and CEO.

Reid was appointed President and CEO of RMS – the holding company for the California Grocers Association for-profit businesses – after its acquisition by CGA following a merger with the California Independent Grocers Association. The company operates the California Shopping Cart Retrieval Company (CSCRC) and the California Coupon Redemption Center (CCRC). It also operates a shopping cart repair and maintenance business line. RMS is headquartered in Burbank, Calif.

Prior to the acquisition, Reid was President and CEO of CSCRC. He was hired in 2001 as Executive Vice President, and in 2009, he was named President and CEO.

“We appreciate Dave’s many years of dedicated service to both CSCRC and RMS,” said Ron Fong, CGA President and CEO. “We wish him the best.”

Dodson joined CSCRC in 2012 as Executive Vice President and was responsible for managing all business lines, implementing strategic growth plans, budgeting and supervising department directors. He also oversaw the restructuring of the business line for coupon processing.

“Matthew has been associated with the grocery industry through his work with RMS, CSCRC and CGA for almost a decade and has considerable knowledge as it relates to the companies that RMS operates,” Fong said.Prior to CSCRC, Dodson served as Director, Local Government Relations, for the California Grocers Association. His responsibilities included representing the grocery industry before city and county governments throughout Southern California.

“We thank Dave for all of his hard work in completing the RMS merger,” said Kathleen Smith, Chair of RMS.


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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.

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  • 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.

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Kroger Central division President Katie Wolfram to retire; Pam Matthews to succeed

CINCINNATI, 2017-Oct-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today (Oct. 17, 2017) announced the retirement of Central division President Katie Wolfram and the promotion of Pam Matthews, currently the QFC division president, to succeed her. Suzy Monford will join the company to serve as the president of the QFC division.

“We are grateful for Katie’s nearly 40 years of dedicated service to our associates and customers, and we are excited to have Pam and Suzy take on these indispensable leadership roles in our company,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “Both leaders bring successful and distinguished retail experience to the roles and will help with the execution of the Restock Kroger Plan that will bring valuable changes to our customers, associates, communities and shareholders.”

Katie Wolfram to Retire after 38 Years of Service 
Ms. Wolfram will retire from the company after 38 years of distinguished service, effective November 4.

“Katie has accomplished much in her career with Kroger and has always been passionate about creating an inclusive and diverse work culture,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “She has been a valued leadership partner across the company and Central division. We truly appreciate the many contributions Katie has made to Kroger, and we wish her and her family the best in retirement.”

Ms. Wolfram was named to her current role in 2016 and has been spearheading an aggressive growth strategy in the Central division since joining the region as the vice president of merchandising in 2014. In the last two years, the company has invested nearly $329 million in the central Indiana market, adding five new Marketplace stores and 12 new gas stations, remodeling and/or expanding 14 existing stores, building a regional training center and adding more than 1,400 new jobs to the region. The Central Division operates 138 stores with more than 19,500 associates.

Ms. Wolfram began her career with Kroger in 1979 as an assistant store manager in the Cincinnati-Dayton division. She went on to serve in several leadership positions at Kroger’s corporate office in Cincinnati and with Kroger’s Manufacturing division. In 2005, she moved to Denver to join the King Soopers division as vice president of merchandising, before joining the Central division in 2014 to serve in the same role.

Ms. Wolfram was a leader for the first Cultural Council, a team development and culture-building group, started at the corporate office, and she started the Reach Higher initiative in Kroger Manufacturing. Additionally, Ms. Wolfram represented Kroger as a leader in the Network of Executive Women, Denver.

In retirement, she plans to move back to Denver to be near her daughter and grandson.

Pam Matthews Promoted to President of Central Division 
Ms. Matthews, currently president of the QFC division, succeeds Ms. Wolfram as president of Kroger’s Central division, effective October 23.

Ms. Matthews started with the company in 1980 in the Fred Meyer division. She has held a variety of leadership roles in her 25-year career with Fred Meyer, including store management, training, corporate brand development, and merchandising for deli-bakery, drug-general merchandise and grocery. Ms. Matthews also served as director of deli-bakery merchandising and director of floral merchandising and procurement at Kroger’s corporate office in Cincinnati before being promoted to vice president of merchandising for the Central division in 2006. She moved to the Delta division as vice president of merchandising in 2014 and was named vice president of operations in 2015. She was named president of the QFC division in 2016.

Suzy Monford Named President of QFC Division 
Ms. Monford joins the company to succeed Ms. Matthews as president of QFC, effective October 23. Ms. Monford is the former CEO of Andronico’s Community Markets, a Bay Area chain acquired by Albertsons in early 2017.

Prior to Andronico’s, Ms. Monford was the head of innovation for Woolworths Supermarkets in Australia, after spending 10 years as an executive for H-E-B Central Market and H-E-B Grocery Company in Texas.

Passionate about creating healthy communities, Ms. Monford is an internationally-certified group exercise instructor and health coach. She’s been recognized as a Top Woman in Retail Tech by Retail Info Systems (RIS), Top Woman in Grocery by Progressive Grocer and a Top 25 Technological Disruptor by Supermarket News.

She will be based at the division office in Seattle and oversee QFC’s 65 stores in Washington and Oregon.

At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™. We are 450,000 associates who serve nearly nine million customers daily in 2,793 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Our Family of Companies operates an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized order online service – in addition to 2,258 pharmacies, 783 convenience stores, 307 fine jewelry stores, 222 retail health clinics, 1,472 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Our Company has been recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for our 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. As a leader in supplier diversity, we are a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

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Sunoco LP president and CEO Robert “Bob” W. Owens to retire; Joe Kim to succeed

Sunoco Executives Cynthia Archer and Boyd Foster Also Retiring

DALLAS, 2017-Jun-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) announced today (June 22, 2017) that Robert “Bob” W. Owens, president and chief executive officer has announced his intention to retire from the Partnership as of December 31, 2017, after more than 20 years with Sunoco and its predecessors.  Owens, who joined Sunoco Inc. in 1997, has been serving as president and CEO since 2012.

Effective immediately, Joe Kim, who has been serving as executive vice president and chief development officer for Sunoco since 2015, has been appointed president and chief operating officer.  Owens will continue as CEO until his retirement and will then serve as a consultant to the Partnership through 2019.

Sunoco executives Cynthia Archer, executive vice president and chief marketing officer and Boyd Foster, executive vice president manufacturing and distribution are also retiring from the Partnership effective December 31, 2017.

“We thank Bob for his many years of strategic leadership, which has resulted in an impressive list of accomplishments for both the employees and the unit holders of Sunoco and wish him and his family the best,” said Kelcy Warren, Chairman of Energy Transfer Equity, the entity that owns the general partner of Sunoco. “While we are sad to see Bob go, we are excited for the next generation of leadership at Sunoco to take on larger roles. Joe is an exceptionally talented leader and he has played a significant role in the planned transformation of the Partnership from a retail-based business into a premier nationwide fuel supplier.”

“Additionally, the appointment of Joe as president and COO and Bob continuing as CEO through year-end will ensure an orderly transition as we move through the divestment of our retail operations during the coming months,” added Warren.

Owens joined Sunoco as senior vice president of marketing where he was responsible for Sunoco’s retail network, wholesale marketing and transportation operations, and commercial supply and trading activities for crude oil, refined products, and petrochemicals. Prior to joining Sunoco, he held executive positions with Ultramar Diamond Shamrock Corporation, Amerada Hess Corporation and Mobil Oil Corporation. Owens is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Kim has been responsible for the Partnership’s strategic development and planning overseeing both business development and Sunoco’s real estate portfolio. Prior to joining Sunoco, he held various executive positions, including chief operating officer for Pizza Hut and senior vice president- retail strategy and growth for Valero Energy.  Kim began his career with Arthur Andersen.  He is a graduate of Trinity University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Sunoco LP  (NYSE: SUN) is a master limited partnership that operates 1,355 convenience stores and retail fuel sites and distributes motor fuel to 7,825 convenience stores, independent dealers, commercial customers and distributors located in 30 states. SUN’s general partner is a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (NYSE: ETE). For more information visit sunocolp.com.

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Kroger: Jay C and Ruler President Paul Bowen to retire

CINCINNATI, 2017-May-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced today (May 23, 2017 ) the retirement of Jay C and Ruler division President Paul Bowen after 46 years of dedicated service, effective June 21. His successor will be named at a later date.

Mr. Bowen began his career with Jay C in 1971 as a produce department manager before taking a military leave of absence to serve in the U.S. Army from 1972 to 1976. He returned to Jay C in 1976 and advanced to hold a number of leadership positions.  In 1988, Mr. Bowen was promoted to director of training and development for the division. He was instrumental in leading Jay C’s merger with Kroger in 1999, spending two years as the transition project leader. In 2001, Mr. Bowen was named vice president of operations before being promoted to senior vice president in 2002. Mr. Bowen has held his current role since 2003, where he oversees 71 Jay C and Ruler stores operating in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee.

“For more than four decades, Paul’s leadership, vision and passion has helped Jay C and Ruler create customer-first shopping environments that have shaped the way we do business across our business,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “I salute Paul for his years of service to our associates and customers as both a leader and veteran. The entire Kroger family wishes Paul and his family all the best in retirement.”

Mr. Bowen and his wife, Margaret, look forward to traveling to new places and spending time with their two grandchildren.

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 443,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,796 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to our 2,255 pharmacies, 784 convenience stores, 319 fine jewelry stores, 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.

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Kohl’s CFO Wesley S. McDonald to retire in late Spring 2017

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., 2016-Nov-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kohl’s Department Stores (NYSE: KSS) today ( November 9, 2016) announced that its chief financial officer, Wesley S. McDonald, intends to retire in late Spring 2017 after 14 years of service with the company.

“Wes has played an important role in the company’s growth and development over the last 14 years. His business knowledge and financial expertise have been critical in our success and his communication with the investment community has always been transparent and consistent,” said Kevin Mansell, Kohl’s chairman, chief executive officer and president. “On behalf of the entire executive leadership team, I thank Wes for his significant contributions, and I look forward to his continued contribution during this transition. He will be missed on his departure, and we wish him the very best in his retirement.”

“I am honored to have had the opportunity to serve as Kohl’s CFO,” said McDonald. “I am proud of all that our team has accomplished together and am confident that Kohl’s is well positioned for continued success, creating value for all stakeholders.”

Kohl’s will be conducting a comprehensive search for the CFO position over the next few months to prepare for McDonald’s retirement.

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About Kohl’s

Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading specialty department store with more than 1,100 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, the company offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and inspiring shopping experiences in-store, online at Kohls.com and via mobile devices. Committed to its communities, Kohl’s has raised nearly $300 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. For additional information about Kohl’s philanthropic and environmental initiatives, visit http://www.Kohls.com/Cares. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com.

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Nordstrom’s EVP and CFO Mike Koppel to retire in spring 2017

SEATTLE, 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nordstrom announced today (Oct. 24, 2016) that Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Mike Koppel has shared his plans to retire from the company in spring 2017. Koppel will remain in his role until then to support the search for a new CFO and assist with his successor’s transition. Koppel joined Nordstrom in 1999 and has been the company’s Chief Financial Officer since 2001.

“We are extremely grateful for all of the contributions Mike has made over his 17 years as a leader at Nordstrom,” said Blake Nordstrom, co-president of Nordstrom, Inc. “Mike has played an integral role in our company’s story, helping guide us through significant periods of expansion, growth and investment. He has provided our company with tremendous knowledge and strategic financial expertise that has always been grounded with an unwavering focus on taking care of the customer. He will be sorely missed and we wish him the absolute best in his well-deserved retirement.”

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 346 stores in 40 states and Canada. Customers are served at 123 Nordstrom stores in the U.S. and Canada; 213 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and two clearance stores. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.comNordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its six clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

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ascena retail group’s Co-Founder and Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors Elliot S. Jaffe to retire

MAHWAH, N.J., 2016-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — ascena retail group, inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA) (the “Company” or “ascena”) announced today (Oct. 25, 2016) that Elliot S. Jaffe, the Company’s Co-Founder and Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, notified the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) on October 19, 2016 of his intention not to stand for re-election at the 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, and to retire as an officer of the Company and from the Board, effective at the end of the 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

Mr. Elliot S. Jaffe (“EJ”) co-founded dressbarn in 1962 and served as Chief Executive Officer until 2002. Mr. Jaffe was ascena’s Chairman of the Board until January 2011 and then transitioned to Non-Executive Chairman.

“EJ’s leadership has, from the start, provided the vision and passion to evolve from a single store with one banner to a family of brands. The Board thanks EJ for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the success of ascena,” said David Jaffe, President and Chief Executive Officer of ascena.

Randy Pearce, ascena’s Lead Independent Director, stated, “EJ’s contributions to ascena are countless. He has provided outstanding vision and thoughtful leadership and we thank him for his service.”

Elliot Jaffe commented, “It has truly been my life’s pleasure to serve ascena from its glorious infancy to the multi-billion dollar brand it is today. I look forward to watching the company as it continues to grow.”

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 Ann Taylor, LOFT, Lou & Grey, Lane Bryant, maurices, dressbarn and Catherines brands, and for tween girls under the Justice brand. ascena retail group, inc. operates ecommerce websites and approximately 4,900 stores throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

For more information about ascena retail group, inc. visit: ascenaretail.com, AnnTaylor.com, LOFT.com, louandgrey.com, lanebryant.com, cacique.com, maurices.com, dressbarn.com, Catherines.com, shopjustice.com.

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Waitrose Commercial Director Mark Williamson to retire

London, 2016-Sep-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Mark Williamson, Commercial Director at Waitrose, is to retire at the end of January 2017.

Rupert Thomas, currently Marketing Director at Waitrose, will move into the Commercial Director role from February 2017.  Rupert’s replacement will be announced at a later date.

Mark joined Waitrose in 2004 and has been on its Management Board for 10 years.  He will continue as Chair of the Leckford Estate – the Waitrose Farm – a role he took up earlier this year.

Rob Collins, Managing Director, said:  ‘Mark has done a fantastic job and achieved  great things on the commercial front; he’s been a valued board colleague, bringing wisdom and experience to our work.  I’m delighted that he continues as Chairman of Leckford  so that we will still benefit from his contribution to our business.

‘Rupert, our very successful Marketing Director, also has strong commercial experience.  He joined Waitrose in 2003 having spent over ten years in various commercial and marketing roles; his first job with us was heading our Grocery and Fruit buying teams.  He is the ideal candidate to pick up the baton from Mark and I wish them both well for the future.’

Waitrose – winner of the Best Supermarket1 and Best Food Retailer2 awards- currently has 350 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 61 convenience branches, and another 27 shops at Welcome Break locations. It combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop – dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced, combined with high standards of customer service.  Waitrose also exports its products to countries worldwide and has eight shops which operate under licence in the Middle East. Waitrose’s omnichannel business includes the online grocery service Waitrose.com, as well as specialist online shops including waitrosecellar.com for wine and waitrosekitchen.com for cookware, utensils and kithchen gadgets.

¹ Which? Customer Survey
² Verdict Customer Satisfaction Awards


For further information, please contact:

Gill Smith
Senior PR Manager (Corporate)
Telephone: 01344 825165
Email: gill.smith@waitrose.co.uk

Source: John Lewis Partnership

Kroger CEO Bob Mariano to retire effective September 1

CINCINNATI, 2016-Jul-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced the retirement of Roundy’s CEO Bob Mariano, effective September 1, after which he will serve as Strategic Adviser to Kroger and Roundy’s for two years.

Don Rosanova, president of Mariano’s, and Michael Marx, president of Roundy’s Supermarkets Wisconsin, will continue to serve in their current roles leading the two supermarket divisions.

“Bob has been a tremendous leader for Roundy’s and the entire supermarket industry. The centerpiece of his career, of course, is the Mariano’s chain of stores in his hometown of Chicago,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “We see a bright future ahead for our Pick ‘N Save and Metro Market stores in Wisconsin and for Mariano’s stores in Chicago. And we look forward to our continued partnership with Bob as a strategic consultant and advisor. The entire Kroger and Roundy’s family extends our best wishes to Bob and his family in retirement.”

Mr. Mariano, 66, began his career in the grocery industry in 1967, when he worked as a part-time deli clerk at Dominick’s supermarket in Chicago. He served in various roles of increasing responsibility, including senior vice president, before being named president and CEO of Dominick’s in 1995. He led the company through an initial public offering in 1996 before the company was purchased by Safeway in 1998. Mr. Mariano took on leadership of Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc. in 2002. Roundy’s opened the first store under the Mariano’s banner in 2010 in Arlington Heights, a suburb of Chicago. Today there are 34 Mariano’s store locations throughout the Chicago area.

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 431,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,778 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 2,230 pharmacies, 785 convenience stores, 323 fine jewelry stores, 1,400 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.


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