Nordstrom names tech chief, new CFOs at Hasbro, Rent the Runway

On the Move has hiring updates from Walmart, The Home Depot and Groupon.

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Gina Goetter is CFO of Hasbro. (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, Walmart’s top US merchant is stepping down, while Nordstrom is adding tech leadership and The Home Depot elevates a head of retail media. Meanwhile, the CFO seat will have new occupants at Hasbro, Rent the Runway and Groupon.

Here’s the latest moves:

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Walmart’s chief US merchant is stepping down

Charles Redfield will depart Walmart after 32 years from the role of chief merchandising officer for the US, according to an internal memo reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Redfield’s career at Walmart began as a Sam’s Club cashier before he rose through the ranks of Asda, Sam’s Club and eventually Walmart’s US arm.

A successor to Redfield will be named in the near future, according to the memo.

Nordstrom names tech chief

Jason Morris will join Nordstrom as chief technology and information officer, overseeing engineering, data and analytics.

Morris joins the retailer from Walmart, where he led global enterprise technology and served as VP of customer-facing technology.

"I have long admired Nordstrom as a retail leader in redefining the importance of digital," said Morris, in a statement. "I am excited to join this talented technology team to continue enhancing Nordstrom's digital capabilities and support the company's ongoing focus on using technology to serve customers in new and better ways."

In a separate move, Nordstrom named former Nike COO Eric Sprunk to its board of directors. This addition expands the board to 11 members.

With Eric's decades of operational experience in the consumer retail industry and track record of driving ecommerce growth and large-scale transformations within a complex global business, we're confident he will be a valuable addition to the board and look forward to benefiting from his expertise,” said Brad Tilden, chairman of the Nordstrom Board, in a statement.

Hasbro names 2 leadership appointments

Toy company Hasbro announced a pair of executive hires:

Gina Goetter is the company’s new chief financial officer. Goetter previously served as CFO of Harley-Davidson. She previously served as SVP of finance in Tyson Foods’ prepared foods division, and spent more than two decades at General Mills.

Tim Kilpin is joining the company as president of toy, licensing and entertainment. Kilpin brings experience as CEO of PlayMonster Group, head of Activision Blizzard’s Consumer Products business, Chief Commercial Officer for Mattel and as EVP of franchise management at The Walt Disney Company.

Home Depot promotes retail media head

The Home Depot promoted Melanie Babcock to the role of VP of Retail Media+ and monetization, Retail TouchPoints reported.

Babcock played a key role as the home improvement retailer launched its retail media network in 2019. She bolstered personalization, launched a media measurement practice, and refocused the marketing team’s key metrics.

“The Home Depot is dedicated to continuing to grow our Retail Media Network and Melanie’s leadership along with our unique data and program offerings will set us up for continued success,” said Molly Battin, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer, in a statement.

SpartanNash promotes chief customer officer

David Sisk. (Courtesy photo)

David Sisk was promoted to EVP and chief customer officer of grocer SpartanNash. Sisk joined the company in 2020, and this move comes after he was promoted to the role of chief customer officer last year. Sisk previously served as COO of OSC-WEBco, and rose to the executive ranks at Procter & Gamble.

Rent the Runway names new CFO

Sid Thacker will become the new chief financial officer of Rent the Runway, effective May 25. Thacker currently serves as senior vice president of FP&A, and previously served as a public investor.

Thacker succeeds Scarlett O’Sullivan, who served for more than seven years and helped the fashion rental service go public.

In an initial public appearance, Thacker fielded questions from analysts on the company’s first quarter earnings call last week.

Dollar General makes leadership appointments

Dollar General made a pair of leadership appointments, according to Chain Store Age. They include:

Peggie Fort is joining the retailer as VP of inventory and demand management. She brings more than 30 years of experience, most recently as head of planning and allocation for specialty retail at Wayfair. Fort will oversee forecasting, ordering and inventory levels in collaboration with other departments.

Kelly Collier was promoted to senior VP and assistant general counsel. She will oversee the business law team, and advise on operations and strategic initiatives.

Groupon names CFO

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Jiri Ponrt. (Courtesy photo)

Jiri Ponrt is the new CFO of Groupon, succeeding Damien Schmitz.

Ponrt brings experience from Pale Fire Capital, which is Groupon’s largest shareholder. He als served as CFO of European ecommerce platform

The move comes after Groupon laid off 1,000 employees amid restructuring that took place through two rounds in August 2022 and January 2023. It is among a host of tech companies seeking to rein in costs in a tougher economic environment.

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