14 June 2022
On the Move: Dave Clark to lead Flexport, Mars' new pet nutrition head
Check out the latest leadership-level hires in ecommerce and consumer goods.
Check out the latest leadership-level hires in ecommerce and consumer goods.
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, Dave Clark is heading from Amazon to Flexport, while Columbia Sportswear, American Outdoor Brands and Quiksilver are making key hires.
Check out the details:
Dave Clark. (Courtesy of Amazon)
Following on the heels of the announcement that he will be leaving Amazon on July 1, Amazon Worldwide Consumer CEO Dave Clark revealed his new destination.
Clark will join logistics tech company Flexport as CEO in September, he said in a LinkedIn post. Clark will be in a co-CEO role alongside Flexport Founder Ryan Petersen for the first six months before taking the reins solo.
Clark brings plenty of supply chain experience, having architected Amazon’s massive logistics buildout over the last decade, then rising to become the CEO of its ecommerce business at a time when the supply chain was at its most taxed during the pandemic.
He will lead a company that has gained a high profile in part due to the outsize personality of Petersen. It is also the rare tech company to tackle freight and logistics, which Clark called “an area where few technology companies have dared to tread because of the vast array of regulatory rules, intimidating geographical distances and siloed network of providers.”
“Ryan and his team have grown the business to an impressive size and scale and customers love it,” Clark wrote in the LinkedIn post. “I firmly believe that the true potential and magnitude of Flexport’s innovations have only just started to be realized.”
Tecovas founder Paul Hedrick and incoming CEO David Lafitte. (Courtesy photo)
Tecovas, a DTC brand specializing in western footwear, apparel, and accessories, announced a series of executive hires, including a new CEO.
David Lafitte, will become CEO of the Austin-based brand. He spent the last seven years as the COO of Deckers Brands, which is home to a $3 billion portfolio that includes UGG, HOKA, Teva, and Sanuk.
With this appointment, Tecovas Founder and CEO Paul Hedrick will transition into a role as full-time executive chairman, guiding the brand's strategic direction and long-term vision.
The following executives have also joined the company in 2022:
At Deckers Brands, Angela Ogbechie was promoted to the newly created role of chief supply chain officer following Lafitte's departure. Ogbechie has been with the company since 2008, most recently holding the role of SVP, global operations & supply chain strategy.
Azania Andrews. (Courtesy photo)
Azania Andrews is joining New York-based sports and nutrition company 1440 Foods as CEO.
1440 Foods was recently formed by New York-based investment platform 4X4 Capital to manage brands in the The Bountiful Company. These include Pure Protein bars and shakes, Body Fortress protein powder, MET-Rx meal replacements and nutrition brand Balance. Andrews will build a New York-based team and execute a strategy to grow the portfolio.
Andrews previously spent nine years at Anheuser Busch, most recently serving as VP of consumer connections following a stint leading business and commercial strategy for Michelob Ultra. Andrews previously held management and strategy roles at WPP, Young & Rubicam, Schematic, PepsiCo and the Robin Hood Foundation.
Ikdeep Singh. (Courtesy photo)
Mars, Incorporated announced the promotion of Ikdeep Singh as global president for its pet nutrition business, which includes brands such as Pedigree, Sheba and Whiskas.
Overseeing a team of 18,000 employees with products in 50 markets, Singh will be a member of the global leadership team at Mars Petcare. Singh previously served as the division’s regional president for North America, which is its largest market. He previously worked at the L'Oréal Group and Procter and Gamble.
Stacy Panagakis. (Photo via Live Tinted)
Clean beauty brand Live Tinted named Stacy Panagakis as acting president, Happi reported.
LIve Tinted was founded by entrepreneur and prominent Youtuber Deepica Mutyala. It is building a multicultural community alongside beauty products that include a mineral SPF, serum stick, corrector and more.
Panagakis most recently served as CEO of makeup and hair color brand Lime Crime. She also served as VP of global education for Clinique, GM and VP of sales for Stila, and GM at Fresh.
DTC shoe and bag brand Rothy's appointed Jenny Ming to its board of directors.
Ming previously served as president of Old Navy and CEO of Charlotte Russe. She also served on the boards of Levi Strauss & Co., Kendra Scott, Affirm, Poshmark, and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan & Hospitals.
"In all my decades in retail, I've never encountered a brand quite like Rothy's," said Ming in a statement. "As Rothy's stylish, sustainable products spur organic word of mouth growth, it can scale with a vertically-integrated model unlike anything else in the industry. I'm thrilled to help Rothy's expand its loyal community as the business enters its next chapter."
Rothy's, which makes shoes from recycled plastic bottles, received an investment of $200 million Alpargatas in late 2021, which expanded the board.
Francois Guillon. (Courtesy photo)
Columbia Sportswear Company appointed Francois Guillon to the role of senior VP for omni planning and fulfillment.
Guillon brings previous experience with supply chain operations, having most recently held a variety of roles at Tiffany & Co.
“Francois will help us continue to evolve our systems and capabilities so that we can retain our competitive edge,” said Chief Supply Chain Officer Lisa Kulok, in a statement. “His global experience, coupled with his knowledge of digital systems will help us in this dynamic supply chain process.”
Surf-inspired apparel brand Quiksilver named Bobby Gascon as VP of global marketing, Shop Eat Surf reports.
Gascon previously spent 13 years at Vans, where he mostly recently served as senior director of global marketing for action sports.
This comes eight months after Brad Blankinship was appointed to the role of global general manager at Quiksilver, which is owned by parent company Boardriders, Inc.
Betsy Frost. (Courtesy photo)
Hoplark, a hop-forward non-alcoholic beverage brand, named Betsy Frost to the role of chief commercial officer, leading all sales and marketing functions.
Frost brings more than 15 years of CPG experience to the role. She was previously CMO and president of DRY Soda Company, where she led sales, marketing and ecommerce. Frost also worked in marketing at General Mills.
Boulder, Colorado-based Hoplark debuted its Hop Tea beverage in 2018, and recently launched a new zero-calorie craft brew line called Hoplark 0.0.
Footwear marketplace Zappos hired former Walmart exec Joe Cano as chief merchandising officer, Footwear News reports.
Cano will put a focus on customer experience and product reviews at Amazon-owned Zappos. brings more than 20 years of experience in ecommerce and merchandising, most recently leading menswear and accessories at Walmart.com.
The hire comes after Scott Schaefer was named CEO of Zappos in April. The month prior, GM and chief merchant Jeff Espersen and senior director of merchandising Mike Normart departed the company.
Sanjeev Singh Sahni. (Courtesy photo)
Home-focused ecommerce marketplace Wayfair promoted Sanjeev Singh Sahni to the role of VP of service operations. In the role, Sahni will oversee post order operations, including design, product, process and talent implementation.
Since joining in 2017, Sahni has led both customer experience and customer service capabilities. He initially focused on digital forwarding and logistics.
"As we increasingly leverage technology at scale, particularly the application of data science, we will continue to drive innovation and new breakthroughs across our world-class customer service experience. It is an honor to be leading the charge on this front,” said Sahni, in a statement.
Arturo Del Rio was appointed to the newly-created role of VP of human resources and chief people officer at American Outdoor Brands.
American Outdoor Brands owns a portfolio of brands in outdoor products accessories, including Caldwell, LaserLyte, Grilla Grills and more.
Del Rio brings more than 24 years of experience from Ferro Corporation and Hannifin Corporation.
Amazon partnered with Hexa to provide access to a platform that creates lifelike digital images.
Amazon sellers will be able to offer a variety of 3D visualizations on product pages through a new set of immersive tools that are debuting on Tuesday.
Through an expanded partnership with Hexa, Amazon is providing access to a workflow that allows sellers to create 3D assets and display the following:
Selllers don't need prior experience with 3D or virtual reality to use the system, according to Hexa. Amazon selling partners can upload their Amazon Standard Identification Number (ASIN) into Hexa’s content management system. Then, the system will automatically convert an image into a 3D model with AR compatibility. Amazon can then animate the images with 360-degree viewing and augmented reality, which renders digital imagery over a physical space.
Hexa’s platform uses AI to create digital twins of physical objects, including consumer goods. Over the last 24 months, Hexa worked alongside the spatial computing team at Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the imaging team at Amazon.com to build the infrastructure that provides 3D assets for the thousands of sellers that work with Amazon.
“Working with Amazon has opened up a whole new distribution channel for our partners,” said Gavin Goodvach, Hexa’s Vice President of Partnerships.
Hexa’s platform is designed to create lifelike renderings that can explored in 3D, or overlaid into photos of the physical world. It allows assets from any category to be created, ranging from furniture to jewelry to apparel.
A Hexa 3D rendering (Courtesy photo)
The result is a system that allows sellers to provide a new level of personalization, said Hexa CEO Yehiel Atias. Consumers will have new opportunity see a product in a space, or what it looks like on their person.
Additionally, merchants can leverage these tools to optimize the entire funnel of a purchase. Advanced imagery allows more people to view and engage with a product during the initial shopping experience. Following the purchase, consumers who have gotten a better look at a product from all angles will be more likely to have confidence that the product matches their needs. In turn, this can reduce return rates.
While Amazon has previously introduced virtual try-on and augmented reality tools, this partnership aims to expand these capabilities beyond the name brands that often have 1P relationships with Amazon. Third-party sellers are an increasingly formidable segment of Amazon’s business, as they account for 60% of sales on the marketplace. Now, these sellers are being equipped with tools that enhance the shopping experience for everyone.
A video displaying the new capabilities is below. Amazon sellers can learn more about the platform here.
Hexa & Amazon - 3D Production Powerhousewww.youtube.com