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Welcome to On the Move. In this hiring-focused weekly feature, The Current is rounding up recent arrivals and departures at brands and retailers across the ecommerce landscape.
This week brings C-suite shakeups in retail, new leadership hires at supply chain companies and a pair of prominent new roles focused on tech and sustainability. Here's a look at this week's moves:
Dollar General will have a new CEO
Jeffery Owen. (Photo via LinkedIn)
Dollar General announced a CEO transition plan on Tuesday.
Current CEO Todd Vasos will be retiring, effective Nov. 1. On that date, current Dollar General Chief Operating Officer Jeffery Owen will rise to the role of CEO.
Vasos joined Dollar General in 2008, and rose into the CEO role in 2015. During his tenure, the company said it added 7,000 stores and more than doubled its market capitalization to $58 billion.
Owen has been a Dollar General employee since 1992, and has held the role of Chief Operation Officer since 2019.
Vasos will remain with the company in a senior advisory role through April 2023, at which time he is expected to begin a two-year consulting stint with the company. Vasos will remain a member of the board of directors.
Victoria's Secret names new CEO, cuts 160 management jobs
Victoria's Secret & Co. is overhauling its leadership structure in a move that will result in the reduction of 160 management roles, which is 5% of the company's headquarters.
With this reorganization, the company named the following leaders:
- Amy Hauk, who is the CEO of the Pink brand, will lead both Pink and the Victoria's Secret brand. Hauk came to the company in 2018 after a decade at Bath & Body Works. She will report to VS&Co CEO Martin Waters.
- Christine (Chris) Rupp is being hired as chief customer officer, bringing store and digital channel operations under one purview. The former head of Fulfillment by Amazon and led Amazon Prime. Rupp served as chief customer and digital officer at Albertsons since 2019.
- Greg Unis was named chief growth officer after leading Victoria’s Secret and PINK Beauty since 2016. Unis will lead the VS&Co-Lab platform, new business development, international expansion and M&A.
Instacart makes a series of C-level promotions
Grocery ecommerce platform Instacart announced a series of leadership moves on Tuesday that will expand its C-suite. Here's a look:
- Chris Rogers was promoted from VP of retail to chief business officer. Rogers will oversee retail and brand partnerships in this role.
- Varouj Chitilian was promoted from VP of engineering to chief technology officer. This comes as CTO Mark Schaaf "is winding down his work with Instacart to take a break with family and pursue new opportunities," the company said.
- JJ Zhuang was promoted from head of infrastructure to chief architect. He has also previously served as VP of fulfillment.
- Daniel Danker was promoted from VP of shopper and fulfillment to chief product officer.
- Laura Jones was promoted from VP of brand and marketing to chief marketing officer. The former Uber executive joined the company in 2021.
Gap Inc. CEO Sonia Syngal is departing
Sonia Syngal. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
Sonia Syngal will leave the role of CEO at Gap Inc., the apparel retailer announced Monday. Effective immediately, Gap Inc. executive chairman and former Walmart International CEO Bob Martin will become interim CEO.
Gap Inc. also announced a new leader for Old Navy: Horacio “Haio” Barbeito, the former CEO of Walmart Canada, will become the CEO of the apparel brand on August 1. He succeeds Nancy Green, who left the company in April.
For the backstory, read The Current’s full brief on the news.
Former Asos CEO Nick Beighton to lead Matchesfashion
NIck Beighton. (Courtesy photo)
Nick Beighton, the former CEO of fast fashion leader Asos, is set to step into the CEO role at luxury online retailer Matchesfashion, according to Business of Fashion. Beighton will succeed Paolo De Cesare, who is set to depart the CEO role after less than a year. Matchesfashion was acquired in September 2017 by Apax Partners.
Blue Yonder names Angove as CEO
Duncan Angove. (Courtesy photo)
Digital supply chain and fulfillment company Blue Yonder named Duncan Angove as the company’s CEO. Bringing experience from Infor, Oracle and Retek, Angove succeeds interim CEO Mark Morgan. The appointment comes after a 2021 in which the company grew to over $1.1 billion in annual revenue, with SaaS annual recurring revenue of $475 million.
Lion Brothers company names Heyn as CEO
Christopher Heyn (Courtesy photo)
Custom apparel manufacturer Lion Brothers Company said Christopher Heyn is joining as president and CEO. Heyn brings experience as the CEO of apparel companies Southern Tide and Summit Golf Brands, as well as SVP of the NBA’s Global Merchandise Group and president of Nautica. Lion Brothers counts brands including Nike, Adidas, Hanes, Disney and Polo Ralph Lauren, as well as multiple professional sports leagues, as its partners.
CVS has a new C-level tech role
Tilak Mandadi. (Courtesy photo)
CVS Health appointed Tilak Mandadi to the newly created role of executive VP and chief data, digital and technology officer. Joining from MGM Resorts International, Mandadi also brings experience from Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, and American Express. He will oversee technology strategy, as well as growth and innovation of “all digital-led, consumer-focused experiences and services,” the company said.
GameStop fires CFO
Video game retailer GameStop fired Chief Financial Officer Michael Recupero, and appointed Chief Accounting Officer Diana Saadeh-Jajeh to the CFO role. It’s the latest change to be made as chairman and Chewy founder Ryan Cohen spurs a turnaround effort at the video game retailer. The change in CFO role accompanied layoffs on the corporate side of the company, CNBC reported.
Deckers Brands names former Nike exec to lead fashion lifestyle
Anne Spangenberg. (Courtesy photo)
Deckers Brands, which owns brands including Ugg and Koolaburra, appointed Anne Spangenberg as president of fashion lifestyle. Spangenberg most recently served as chief merchant at Nike, Inc. In the new role, she will focus on product diversification, consumer adoption and franchise evolution across the company’s omnichannel marketplace.
Hostess creates chief sustainability officer role
Darryl Riley. (Courtesy photo)
Sweet snacks maker Hostess Brands promoted Darryl Riley to become its first chief sustainability officer. Joining the company in 2016, Riley previously served as SVP of quality, food safety and R&D at the company. He also has experience at Kraft Heinz and Kellogg Company. Reporting to the company’s CEO, Riley will develop strategies to execute the company’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) objectives, and educate employees on sustainability.
Shipbob hires chief people officer
Global omnifulfullment platform Shipbob named Lara Morgenthaler as its new chief people officer. Morgenthaler brings experience in human resources at Newell Rubbermaid, Amazon and Epic Games. Eight-year-old Shipbob supports automated ecommerce fulfillment for 60 retailers, including Target, Chewy, Neiman Marcus and Macy’s.
True Religion names CFO/COO
Sandip Grewal. (Courtesy photo)
Denim and sportswear brand True Religion named Sandip Grewal to the newly-created role of chief financial/operating officer. Grewal was formerly the CFO of housewares supplier Bradshaw International, which sold to Arbor Investments in 2021. He was also the CFO of Dr. Fresh, which sold to High Ridge Brands Co. in 2017.
Nintendo of America names Dawn Pritchard as EVP
Devon Pritchard. (Courtesy photo)
Video game company Nintendo of America promoted Dawn Pritchard to the role of EVP of sales, marketing and communications. A 16-year veteran of Nintendo of America, Pritchard held that role on an interim basis since November 2021. She will oversee strategy and execution across the US and Canada.
This story was updated at 8 p.m. on July 12 to add news from Victoria's Secret and Nintendo of America.
Trending in Careers
LadderUp is aiming for 50% LGBTQ+ and BIPOC participation. Shopify will provide access to its platform.
Shipt is launching a new accelerator program designed to provide ecommerce tools for local retailers.Called LadderUp, the program is centered on equity. Target-owned delivery owned Shipt said conversations with business owners have revealed that local entrepreneurs face “gaps” in technology, but they also want to participate in ecommerce platforms. The COVID-19 pandemic was especially difficult for Black business owners, who saw earnings drop between 11-28% in 2019-2020, as compared to the earnings decrease of 5-17% for the rest of the population.
With the new program, the company’s goal is to reach at least 50% LGBTQ+ and BIPOC participation in the program.
Shipt is aiming to serve businesses in Atlanta, Birmingham, Alabama, Detroit, Houston and Washington, D.C.
Target categories include: grocery/beverage, health, beauty, and floral/gifts retailers.
“Working with small businesses to build up their capabilities is a key part of our commitment to help create healthier, more resilient and equitable communities,” said CEO Kamau Witherspoon. “We recognize the unique role that we can play in both combating hunger in under-resourced communities and boosting small, local retailers that are so vital to communities across our country.”
What will entrepreneurs receive?
Education: Business owners who are selected will receive an 8-week course with industry leaders that covers business-building topics including finances, efficiency, marketing, ecommerce 101, the basics of using Shipt, and legal knowledge.
Funding: Upon completion, retailers will provide $5,000 for businesses to invest in ecommerce.
Shopify access: Shopify, which is partnering with Shipt, is also providing to its access for a limited amount of time to help business owners build an online storefront and manage inventory. The program will also provide technical assistance.Applications are open Feb. 6- March 6.