Foxtrot, Macy's announce CEO successions; Van Ness joins fintech

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Liz Williams

Liz Williams is the new CEO of Foxtrot. (Courtesy photo)

Welcome to On the Move. Every week, The Current is rounding up the comings and goings of leaders at brands and retailers across the ecommerce, retail and CPG landscape.

This week, Macy’s and Foxtrot see CEO transitions, while GoodwillFinds is bolstering its C-suite. Plus, Jonathan Van Ness is now the chief self care officer at a health and wellness-focused fintech.

Check out the latest moves:

Bloomingdale’s CEO to lead Macy’s

Jeff Gennette

Jeff Gennette. (Courtesy photo)

Macy’s, Inc. announced a CEO succession plan that will see current CEO Jeff Gennette retire in February 2024. With this, Bloomingdale’s CEO Tony Spring will rise to become the retailer’s next CEO.

With the move, CFO Adrian Mitchell will also take on COO responsibilities.

Gennette is a 40-year veteran of Macy’s. He entered the CEO role in 2017, and spearheaded the Polaris turnaround strategy, which arrived just prior to the pandemic in 2020. Next year, he will pass the reins to Spring, who is credited with delivering strong results for Bloomingdale’s.

“Tony consistently innovates for the customer, is an exceptional brand builder and an excellent talent developer who has strengthened our culture through his leadership,” Gennette said.

Foxtrot promotes CEO

Liz Williams. (Courtesy photo)

Foxtrot, the delivery-forward corner store and cafe, promoted Liz Williams to the role of CEO.

Williams joined the grocer in June 2022 as president and CFO. Previously, Williams served as CFO of Taco Bell, and CEO of Drybar.

With the promotion, cofounder Mike LaVitola is transitioning to chairman of the Foxtrot board.

"Since joining our team last summer, Liz’s inspirational leadership, deep admiration for the Foxtrot brand and depth of operating expertise has taken us to new heights,” said LaVitola, in a statement. “We are thrilled for the opportunity to grow with Liz as our CEO as we introduce Foxtrot to more neighborhoods across the country.”

Foxtrot currently operates stores in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Dallas, Austin. It is eying expansion as Williams takes the helm.

Jonathan Van Ness joins health and wellness fintech company

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Jonathan Van Ness. (Courtesy photo)

Jonathan Van Ness, the hairstylist and Queer Eye star, is joining the health and wellness credit card provider Ness as chief self care officer.

In this role, Van Ness will help lead business strategy, including product, content and member experience. He will also play a key role in the rewards and benefits program. Ness launched with a beta of the Ness Card last month.

“Ness speaks to the core of my own personal mission and I am thrilled to join the team,” said Van Ness, in a statement. “Together, we’re building a platform that empowers people to take control of the most important thing they have, their health and wellness. My mantra has always been: self-care is non-negotiable.”

GoodwillFinds adds to C-suite

GoodwillFinds, the resale platform extending thrift store Goodwill to ecommerce, added a pair of executives to its C-suite as it eyes growth. They are:

  • Nicolas Genest joined as chief technology officer, bringing experience from Modcloth, Walmart US eCommerce and The RealReal.
  • Jim Davis was appointed chief revenue officer. He previously held leaderships roles at Office Depot, Dell, Hoka and more.

Massage Envy brings on former Gap exec

Erich Melsheimer. (Courtesy photo)

Massage Envy appointed Erich Melsheimer as chief development officer.

Melsheimer brings experience as VP of global real estate at Planet Fitness, and previously spent 12 years at Gap, Inc., overseeing the Southeast U.S."

Erich is a visionary leader who will help strengthen and expand Massage Envy's national footprint," said Massage Envy CEO Beth Stiller, in a statement. "His established record of driving sustainable growth while strengthening relationships with franchisees and the real estate development community will help propel the brand forward."

Prose promotes chief scientific officer

Marie Mignon

Marie Mignon. (Courtesy photo)

DTC haircare brand Prose promoted Marie Mignon to the role of chief scientific officer, according to HAPPI.

Mignon was previously VP of R&D. Now, she will oversee a team of five female chemists and the data science team.

Previously, Mignon spent eight years at L'Oréal.

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