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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Barnes & Noble, Inc.
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Vice President, Investor Relations
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
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Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Apple names Isabel Ge Mahe VP and managing director of Greater China

Cupertino, California, 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple today (JULY 18, 2017) announced that Isabel Ge Mahe, vice president of Wireless Technologies, has been named vice president and managing director of Greater China, reporting to CEO Tim Cook and COO Jeff Williams. In this newly created role, Isabel will provide leadership and coordination across Apple’s China-based team.

“Apple is strongly committed to invest and grow in China, and we are thrilled that Isabel will be bringing her experience and leadership to our China team,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “She has dedicated a great deal of her time in recent years to delivering innovation for the benefit of Apple customers in China, and we look forward to making even greater contributions under her leadership.”

lsabel has led Apple’s wireless technologies software engineering teams for nine years, focusing on development of cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, location and motion technologies for nearly every Apple product. She has also overseen the engineering teams developing Apple Pay, HomeKit and CarPlay.

In China, she has worked closely with Apple’s R&D team and carrier partners to develop new China-specific features for iPhone and iPad, including recently announced iOS 11 features such as QR Code support, SMS fraud prevention and enabling the use of a phone number as an Apple ID.

“I’m honored to have this opportunity to represent Apple in China and work more closely with our incredibly talented team,” said Isabel Ge Mahe. “Everyone at Apple is proud of the contributions we make to the communities where we do business, and I am looking forward to deepening our team’s connections with customers, government and businesses in China to advance innovation and sustainability.”

Born in Shenyang, Liaoning, and fluent in Mandarin, Isabel earned Bachelor and Master of Electrical Engineering degrees from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. She holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Isabel will assume her new role, based in Shanghai, later this summer.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

Press Contacts:
Carolyn Wu
+86 108 525 5952

Kristin Huguet
(408) 974-2414

Apple Media Helpline
(408) 974-2042

Source: Apple Inc

SpartanNash announces the promotion of Bill Jacobs to VP, Treasury and Corporate Development

SpartanNash announces the promotion of Bill Jacobs to VP, Treasury and Corporate Development


Byron Center, MI, 2017-Mar-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) announced today (Mar 22, 2017) that Bill Jacobs has been promoted to Vice President, Treasury and Corporate Development, effective immediately. Mr. Jacobs has been with SpartanNash for nearly 24 years, serving as the Company’s Treasurer since 2005.

In his new role, Mr. Jacobs will be responsible for the treasury function, capital markets, credit and corporate insurance and will support the ongoing merger and acquisition activities of SpartanNash.

He will report directly to Chris Meyers, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

“Throughout his career at SpartanNash, Bill has been a key member of the finance team, and his contributions to the Company’s bottom line have resulted in many efficiencies over the years,” Mr. Meyers said. “As we continue to seek out new opportunities, we look forward to the contributions Bill will make in his newly expanded role.”

Mr. Jacobs also held the title of Assistant Treasurer with the Company from 2002-05.

During his time at SpartanNash, he has led multiple capital markets projects that supported the Company’s growth strategy.

About SpartanNash

SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) is a Fortune 400 company whose core businesses include distributing grocery products to independent grocery retailers, national accounts, its corporate-owned retail stores and U.S. military commissaries. SpartanNash serves customer locations in 47 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain and Egypt. SpartanNash currently operates 154 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, Family Fresh Market, D&W Fresh Market and SunMart. Through its MDV military division, SpartanNash is the leading distributor of grocery products to military commissaries in the United States.


Meredith Gremel
Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communications

Source: SpartanNash


JCPenney announces the appointment of Snehil Gambhir as VP, managing director at its global in-house center in Bangalore, India

PLANO, Texas, 2017-Jan-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — JCPenney, one of the United States’ largest apparel and home furnishings retailers, announced today (Jan. 24, 2017)  the appointment of Snehil Gambhir as vice president, managing director at the Company’s global in-house center (GIC) in Bangalore, India. Gambhir brings over 20 years of global business and technology experience to JCPenney.

“Snehil is a proven solutions driven leader with extensive experience in global business and technology,” said Therace Risch, EVP and chief information officer at JCPenney. “We’re confident that his leadership will empower our Bangalore team to continue delivering important business and technology capabilities for JCPenney.”

In his role, Gambhir leads all operations at the Company’s first-ever GIC, which opened in August of 2016. His responsibilities include supporting and expanding a variety of key business functions, including IT, digital, store operations, analytics, marketing, infrastructure and merchandise operations.

Gambhir brings an abundance of leadership and technology experience to JCPenney. He most recently worked as chief operating officer for Aviva Life Insurance India, where he was responsible for all strategic and operations leadership of Aviva’s Service Delivery functions. Prior to that, Gambhir spent ten years at GE in roles of increasing responsibility, including contracts and cost out leader for GE Oil & Gas; business leader for GE’s GENPACT Center of Excellence; and quality, operations and digitization leader for GE Corporate, Global Business Services.

Gambhir has a B.E. in electronics and telecommunication from Jabalpur Engineering College and an MBA from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

For information related to the Company’s opening of its GIC in 2016, please access the following news release:

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

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

Diebold Nixdorf announces the appointment of Devora Henderson as VP, retail, for the Americas region

NORTH CANTON, Ohio, 2017-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold Nixdorf (NYSE: DBD) today (Jan. 16, 2017) announced that Devora Henderson has been named vice president, retail, for the Americas region. In this role, she will focus on growing the company’s retail business in the region and manage a portfolio of innovative solutions that will transform the retail experience for consumers. Henderson has extensive experience in leading retail and service organizations, and has demonstrated the ability to increase sales, customer satisfaction and retention, and win competitive deals on a global scale.

Prior to joining Diebold Nixdorf, Henderson held multiple leadership roles with Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions and International Business Machines (IBM). She most recently served as vice president, sales, North America, for Toshiba, where she identified and established strategic, global original equipment manufacturer (OEM) alliances to drive incremental revenue growth. Henderson earned a bachelor’s degree in management from the University of South Florida and a master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University.

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

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

Media Relations:
Michael Jacobsen

Investor Relations:
Steve Virostek

SOURCE: Diebold Nixdorf

Nordstrom announces the appointment of Michelle Haggard as VP, regional manager for Canada

Seattle, 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nordstrom, Inc. today (January 9, 2017) announced that Michelle Haggard will take on the role of vice president, regional manager for Canada. Karen McKibbin, who previously served as president, Nordstrom Canada, has taken on a new leadership role in the company as president, Nordstrom Rack.

“Over the past four years, Nordstrom was fortunate to successfully expand into Canada and open our doors to serve customers there,” said Jamie Nordstrom, president of stores for Nordstrom. “Now, with a solid infrastructure in place, we can move to the next part of our strategy, which was to create a regional structure focused on operating our stores. We’re excited that we have a seasoned store leader like Michelle Haggard who will lead our efforts.”

The Canada region supported by Haggard and her team based in Toronto, will be comprised of Nordstrom full-line stores that have already opened in Vancouver, Ottawa, Calgary and Toronto (two), as well as a sixth store set to open in Toronto next year. Haggard will also manage opening and operating the company’s five announced Nordstrom Rack locations.

Haggard is a seasoned Nordstrom leader who joined the company in 1991. She started as a salesperson in our store in Riverside, California, and then was promoted to department manager before taking on buying roles in the Womens and POV/Sportswear departments. Haggard managed four full-line stores around the country and was an assistant regional manager for the Northeast, helping lead the company’s expansion in Boston. In 2010 she was promoted to Southeast Rack regional manager and in 2013 she was named full-line vice-president, Southeast regional manager.

Karen McKibbin previously lead the company’s Canada expansion efforts since 2012.

“Karen was instrumental in building the foundation that allowed us to enter the Canadian market and we’re so appreciative of her efforts,” continued Nordstrom. “The entrepreneurial spirit, flexibility and creativity that she brought into that role will serve us well in our Rack business, and we know she’s paved a great path for Michelle to take this area of our business forward.”

About Nordstrom and Trunk Club

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 349 stores in 40 states, including 123 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 215 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and two clearance stores. Additionally, customers are served online through and HauteLook. The company owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at and its seven clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

Tara Darrow
Cell: (206) 310-8016
Office: (206) 303-3016

Source: Nordstrom, Inc.

NGA announces the appointment of Elizabeth Crocker as VP and Executive Director for NGA Foundation

Arlington, VA, 2017-Jan-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA), the national trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, today (Jan 3, 2017) announced the appointment of Elizabeth Crocker as Vice President and Executive Director for the NGA Research and Education Foundation (NGA Foundation).

“On behalf of NGA, we are thrilled to be expanding the NGA Foundation under the leadership of Elizabeth. She joins us during a very exciting time of growth for our organization and the foundation, said NGA President and CEO Peter J. Larkin. “With an impressive background in development, outreach, and non-profit work, Elizabeth will be a valuable asset to the foundation. We welcome Elizabeth to the team,” said NGA President and CEO Peter J. Larkin.

“The hiring of an executive director for the NGA Foundation is a part of NGA’s continued commitment to strengthen the independent supermarket industry through research, education, and training,” said Neal Berube, Chairman of the NGA Foundation Board of Directors.

Before joining the NGA Foundation, Crocker served as senior director of development and outreach for SHAPE America, where she led all corporate sponsorship, outreach, fundraising, partnerships, and business development for the organization. Prior to her role at SHAPE America, Crocker was the Executive Director of the Foundation for Rural Service, a national non-profit that serves as the philanthropic arm of NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association for nearly eight years. She has held staff positions in the U.S. Senate and federal agencies.

As executive director, Crocker will be responsible for developing the strategy and managing the day-to-day operations for the NGA Foundation.

The NGA Foundation provides independent retailers with tools to develop more effective recruiting programs, enhance retention efforts, and bolster professional and leadership development opportunities for employees.


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Source: NGA

InvenTrust Properties announces the appointment of Christy L. David as VP, Deputy General Counsel and Secretary

OAK BROOK, Ill., 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — InvenTrust Properties Corp. (“InvenTrust” or the “Company”), today (11/30/2016) announced that Christy L. David, Managing Counsel – Transactions for InvenTrust, has been appointed Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Secretary. Ms. David’s appointment follows the departure of Scott W. Wilton, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. All actions were effective immediately.

“Christy has been an integral part of the legal team for InvenTrust,” said Thomas McGuinness, InvenTrust’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Over the past 10-years, Christy has taken on increased responsibility while supporting the changing legal needs of the Company. I am pleased to have her take on this expanded role.”

Throughout her time with InvenTrust, Ms. David has been intimately involved in several large platform transactions and spin-offs, as well as all property-level acquisitions and dispositions. Ms. David also managed the legal matters and established the corporate governance program of InvenTrust’s hotel platform, Xenia Hotel & Resorts, prior to Xenia’s spin-off and listing, and was responsible for reviewing and negotiating the Company’s previous debt and financing agreements. The Company believes these considerations, along with her real estate expertise make Ms. David well-prepared to serve in this new role.

Mr. McGuinness continued, “I want to thank Scott for his service and counsel to InvenTrust over the past 12 years, particularly his guidance during our self-management transactions and our hotel and non-core platform spin-offs, and throughout our various improved corporate governance initiatives. We were fortunate to have Scott as part of the InvenTrust executive team during what was a transitional period for the Company and we wish him every success in the future.”

“I am honored to take on this opportunity and expanded role with InvenTrust,” said Ms. David. “I look forward to working closely with Tom and the management team to successfully execute on the Company’s long-term strategy.”

About Christy L. David

Ms. David served as Managing Counsel – Transactions at InvenTrust from April 2014 to November 2016. Prior to that, Ms. David served at the Inland Group Inc., managing, reviewing and drafting legal documents and matters for InvenTrust’s acquisitions, dispositions, corporate contracts and spin-offs. Prior to joining the Inland Group, Ms. David served as an Associate Attorney at The Thollander Law Firm and served in various roles at David & Associates. Ms. David serves on the Executive Committee of the Ravinia Associates Board as Co-Chair of Music Matters and Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. Ms. David received a Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Loyola University.

About InvenTrust Properties Corp.

InvenTrust Properties Corp. is a pure-play retail company with a focus on acquiring open-air centers with a disciplined approach, in key growth markets with favorable demographics. This acquisition strategy, along with our innovative and collaborative property management approach, ensures the success of both our tenants and business partners and drives net operating income growth for the Company. InvenTrust became a self-managed REIT in 2014 and as of September 30, 2016, is an owner and manager of 88 retail properties, representing 15.1 million square feet of retail space, and one non-core property.

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Dan Lombardo

Source: InvenTrust Properties Corp.

Albertsons Companies names Christine Wilcox VP, Communications and Public Affairs

BOISE, Idaho, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albertsons Companies announced today (November 2, 2016) that it has appointed current Vice President of Corporate Communications Christine Wilcox to the position of Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs. Wilcox is filling a vacancy created when Brian Dowling retired from the company earlier this year.

Wilcox is an 18-year veteran of Albertsons, and for the last ten years has served in both internal communications and public relations roles for the company. As part of Wilcox’s new role with Albertsons Companies, she will lead a newly integrated internal and external communications team and will drive the company’s communications strategy around its growth, trajectory, innovative practices and community involvement – all of which help enable it to run really great stores. As part of the new approach, Albertsons Companies has also partnered with The Glover Park Group, a leading strategic communications firm.

“Chris has been an instrumental leader in our company since we began in 2006, and her passion for our history, employees and loyal customers is self-evident. Chris is yet another example of what we aim to do at Albertsons Companies — empower really talented people and encourage them to grow their careers here,” said Andy Scoggin, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Labor Relations, Public Affairs and Government Relations.

An Idaho native, Wilcox graduated from Idaho State University with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. She joined Albertsons in 1998 as an editor, and held positions of increasing responsibility, including executive liaison to the Board of Directors, Training Director for Albertson’s, Inc., and Training and Communications Director for two former subsidiaries of Albertson’s, Inc. which were operated separately from the company. Wilcox accepted a role as Southwest Division Communications and Public Affairs Director with Albertson’s LLC in 2006. She was named Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs for Albertson’s LLC in 2013 following the acquisition of stores from SUPERVALU.

About Albertsons Companies
Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. The company operates stores, manufacturing plants and distribution centers across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 19 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs. Albertsons Companies is dedicated to helping people across the country live better lives. In 2015 alone, with the help of generous customers, Albertsons Companies and the Albertsons Companies Foundation gave more than $270 million in food and financial support to the more than 2,300 communities they serve, improving the lives of millions of people in the areas of hunger relief, education, cancer research and treatment, programs for people with disabilities, and veterans outreach. Albertsons Companies is committed to making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood.

Media Contacts:
Christine Wilcox

Teena Massingill

Source: Albertsons Companies