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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, Saks names a VP of DEI, Keurig Dr. Pepper gets ready for a CEO transition and supply chain leadership changes are underway at PVH and Kohl’s. Plus, Loops Beauty adds a celebrity creative director as it gets ready to expand into retail.
Here’s the latest:
Saks names Dr. Alicia Williams as VP of DEI
Dr. Alicia Williams (Photo via LinkedIn)
Luxury ecommerce platform Saks said it appointed Dr. Alicia Willaims as vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Dr. Williams brings more than 15 years of leadership experience in talent and diversity, having most recently served as executive director and head of diversity and inclusion for US banks at Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan and academic institutions.
“Delivering on our DEI commitments and ensuring an inclusive culture are priorities for our leadership team and our entire company, as they are the key to being a great place to work and best serving our diverse customers and partners,” Saks Chief People Officer Sarah Garber said in a statement. “Alicia has an exceptional track record in launching and implementing DEI initiatives, and we look forward to benefiting from her deep expertise as we build on the progress we have made to date and strengthen our efforts across our business.”
Mars Petcare names head of new science division
Nefertiti Greene. (Courtesy photo)
Mars Petcare named Nefertiti Greene as president of its newly-created science and diagnostics division.
Greene comes to Mars from Johnson & Johnson, where she served as head of enterprise strategy and chief of staff to the CEO. Leading the new division, Greene will work across multiple areas including nutrition, data science, dog and cat microbiome, and biomarkers of health and disease. Earlier this year, the company announced a new pet biobank.
"Nefertiti will play an integral role in the continued growth of our diagnostics business and accelerate the impact of our science,” Loic Moutault, Mars Petcare global president, said in a statement. “We recognize that shifting from curative to preventative veterinary care depends on being able to accurately predict and diagnose disease in pets."
Keurig Dr. Pepper makes leadership moves ahead of CEO transition
Keurig Dr. Pepper is preparing for a leadership transition. Current CEO Bob Gamgort is preparing to transition to the role of executive chairman on July 29. At that time, current CFO Ozan Dokmecioglu will assume the role of CEO. Ahead of this previously announced move, the beverage company announced several changes to its executive leadership team. They are as follows:
- Derek Hopkins, who serves as president of cold beverages and oversees the company’s commercial functions, will be leaving the company at the end of 2022 “to pursue family and personal interests he's put on hold for some time,” the company said.
- Hopkins’ role will be split in two: president of commercial and president of cold beverages. An external search is underway for the cold beverages president role.
- Andrew Archambault, who currently serves as chief customer officer, will assume the commercial president role, reporting to the CEO.
- Mauricio Leyva, who currently serves as president for the coffee division, will move into an expanded role as group president, overseeing coffee, international businesses previously overseen by Dokmecioglu and digital transformation at the company.
- David Thomas, who serves as chief research and development officer, will retire from the company when his successor is named.
- George Lagoudakis, who currently serves as SVP of finance for cold beverages, will serve as interim CEO until a successor for Dokmecioglu is named.
Actress Camila Mendes joins Loops Beauty
Camila Mendes (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)commons.wikimedia.org
Skincare brand Loops Beauty announced Tuesday that actress Camila Mendes is joining as creative director and partner. The role will see Mendes spearheading product development and sustainability initiatives.
The Riverdale star will also be featured in an in-store and online campaign as Loops Beauty enters 450 Ulta Beauty locations later this summer. It marks the two-year-old brand’s expansion into brick-and-mortar retail.
"I'm thrilled to join Loops to bring the brand into its next phase. I've always been a fan and love the face masks, so to be a part of its future development in this way is a dream," said Mendes, in a statement.
Athletic Greens hires chief people officer
Rosalind Chevreuil. (Photo via LinkedIn)
Daily nutrition brand Athletic Greens said Rosalind Chevreuil joined the company in the newly-created role of chief people officer.
Chevreuil comes to Athletic Greens as the company is building culture and talent capabilities following a $115 million investment raise earlier this year. The fully remote company has more than 200 employees after doubling its workforce over the last year.
Chevreuil previously served as the chief people officer at hospitality software company REEF Technologies. She also spent more than 20 years on the human resources team at Best Buy, during which time the company adopted remote and flexible work arrangements.
Former Coca-Cola executive joins Lemon Perfect
Enhanced water brand Lemon Perfect has hired former Coca-Cola Company executive Jim Brennan as president and chief revenue officer.
Brennan moves to the role after more than a year as a board member and operating advisor to the company. Previously, he spent 32 years at Coca-Cola. Prior to his retirement, he served as EVP of national retail sales, overseeing a portfolio worth more than $8 billion.
Atlanta-based Lemon Perfect quadrupled revenue in 2021. In April, it closed a $31 million Series A round that included participation from Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.
Kohl’s chief tech and supply chain officer to depart
Paul Gaffney is departing as chief technology and supply chain role at Kohl’s after three years in at the retailer, according to a regulatory filing.
With the departure, Siobhán Mc Feeney will be promoted to chief technology officer. Mc Feeney most recently served as EVP of technology, and has been with the company since 2020. Prior to joining Kohl’s, Mc Feeney served as VP of innovation and strategy at Pivotal Software from 2014-2020.
The news comes about a month after Kohl’s announced that chief merchandising officer Doug Howe and chief marketing officer Greg Revelle would depart the company. The company was in talks with the Franchise Group about a sale, but withdrew from the proceedings in late June.
PVH Corp. taps former H&M executive as chief supply chain officer
David Savman (Courtesy photo)
PVH Corp., the owner of Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, said it hired David Savman as EVP and chief supply chain officer.
Savman will join the company from H&M, where he worked for 19 years and most recently led supply chain functions including sourcing, procurement and warehouse operations.
He succeeds Sarah Clarke, who will be departing the company on October 31.
The transition comes as the company is set to embark on a multi-year strategy of digital and DTC-led growth, which it calls the PVH+ Plan.
Matchesfashion hires Farfetch exec as COO
Former Farfetch SVP of logistics Stuart Hill is the new COO at luxury ecommerce platform Matchesfashion.
Hill, who brings more than 25 years of experience in logistics, is assuming the role a week after the company named former Asos CEO Nick Beighton as its new chief executive.
“Having worked with Stuart at Asos, I have experienced firsthand the operational impact he can have on a business,” Beighton said, in a statement. “As a founder of two successful logistics companies, Stuart will also bring a valuable entrepreneurial mindset to Matchesfashion, helping it to remain agile, innovative, and customer centric.”
Nike executive joins Estée Lauder board
The Estée Lauder Companies said Angela Wei Dong was elected to its board of directors, and joined the company’s audit committee.
Dong is the global VP and general manager of China at NIKE, Inc.
“Angela’s impressive background and experience will provide our Board with valuable insights. In addition to her background in finance, Angela brings strong experience in strategic branding and marketing of consumer goods, in particular for Chinese consumers,” said Estée Lauder Executive Chairman William Lauder, in a statement.
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Labor disputes on the West Coast could cause further disruption heading into peak season.
When the first half of 2023 is complete, imports are expected to dip 22% below last year.
That’s according to new data from the Global Port Tracker, which is compiled monthly by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
The decline has been building over the entire year, as imports dipped in the winter. With the spring, volume started to rebound. In April, the major ports handled 1.78 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units. That was an increase of 9.6% from March. Still it was a decline of 21.3% year over year – reflecting the record cargo hauled in over the spike in consumer demand of 2021 and the inventory glut 2022.
In 2023, consumer spending is remaining resilient with in a strong job market, despite the collision of inflation and interest rates. The economy remains different from pre-pandemic days, but shipping volumes are beginning to once again resemble the time before COVID-19.
“Economists and shipping lines increasingly wonder why the decline in container import demand is so much at odds with continuous growth in consumer demand,” said Hackett Associates Founder Ben Hackett, in a statement. “Import container shipments have returned the pre-pandemic levels seen in 2019 and appear likely to stay there for a while.”
Retailers and logistics professionals alike are looking to the second half of the year for a potential upswing. Peak shipping season occurs in the summer, which is in preparation for peak shopping season over the holidays.
Yet disruption could occur on the West Coast if labor issues can’t be settled. This week, ports from Los Angeles to Seattle reported closures and slowdowns as ongoing union disputes boil over, CNBC reported. NRF called on the Biden administration to intervene.
“Cargo volume is lower than last year but retailers are entering the busiest shipping season of the year bringing in holiday merchandise. The last thing retailers and other shippers need is ongoing disruption at the ports,” aid NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “If labor and management can’t reach agreement and operate smoothly and efficiently, retailers will have no choice but to continue to take their cargo to East Coast and Gulf Coast gateways. We continue to urge the administration to step in and help the parties reach an agreement and end the disruptions so operations can return to normal. We’ve had enough unavoidable supply chain issues the past two years. This is not the time for one that can be avoided.”