Ascena Retail Group opens DC and shared services complex
Etna, Ohio — Ascena Retail Group Inc. has opened its new 880,000-sq.-ft. shared services office complex and national distribution center in Pataskala, Ohio.
The 120,000 sq. ft. of office space will accommodate Ascena’s Shared Services Associates who serve all five of Ascena’s retail brands: Lane Bryant, Justice, Maurices, Dressbarn and Catherines in areas such as information technology, sourcing and centralized procurement. Additionally, the 760,000-sq.-ft. distribution center will serve all of Ascena’s retail brands, transitioning the final brand in early fall. The facility will be home to 850 associates.
In January 2013 Ascena announced its plan to build an office space adjoined to the existing Distribution Center to house its Ohio-based Shared Services Associates. The new building features an onsite Café, Fitness Center, Coffee Bar and collaborative work spaces.
GNC ups share repurchase authorization to $500 million
Pittsburgh — GNC Holdings, Inc.’s board of directors has authorized a multi-year program to repurchase up to an aggregate $500 million of the company’s Class A common stock. The authorization is effective immediately and replaces GNC’s previous authorization, which had approximately $250 million remaining.
The repurchases are expected to take place over the next 24 months.
"Today’s announcement reflects our confidence in the business and its ability to continue to deliver strong free cash flow," said Mike Hines, chairman of GNC. "We remain committed to our capital allocation strategy, which is designed to both support growth and to return capital to shareholders. Increasing our share repurchase program is a very important component of this.”
More executive changes at Belk
Jan Clevenger has been named EVP and general merchandising manager of men’s, home and kids, reporting to newly named president and chief merchandising officer David Zant.
Clevenger has served as chair of the Belk Western Division based in Birmingham, Alabama, since March 2008. She began her retail career with Macy’s in 1984 in store management before becoming a buyer for men’s and center core.
Clevenger joined Belk in 2000 as a division merchandise manager for accessories in the Belk Southern Division. In 2002, she was named division merchandise manager of men’s sportswear and was promoted to VP and division merchandise manager in 2003. In 2006, she was appointed to SVP and director of stores for the Belk Northern Division based in Raleigh, North Carolina.
While in Birmingham, Clevenger has held leadership roles in a number of community and professional organizations, including service on the boards of directors of the Alabama Retail Association and the YWCA of Central Alabama, the Chairman’s Circle of the Birmingham Business Alliance and on the Executive Advisory Board of the Junior League of Birmingham. Clevenger is a graduate of the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee.
David Luoma has been named chair of the Belk Western Division, succeeding Clevenger and reporting to John R. Belk, president and COO.
Luoma joined Belk in 2011 as SVP and director of stores for the Belk Southern Division based in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to joining Belk, David was a SVP and director of stores for Macy’s and May Department Stores in upstate New York and western Massachusetts. He also served as district VP and director of stores for Macy’s where he had responsibility for 10 stores in the New England Central Region. Prior to joining Macy’s, Luoma held a number of store management positions with Filenes in Boston, Massachusetts, including general manager of its stores in Hyannis, Massachusetts, Albany, New York, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, divisional VP and general manager of its Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, store, and VP and GM of its Braintree, Massachusetts, store. Luoma’s community service while in Atlanta includes serving on the board of directors of Trees Atlanta. He is a graduate of California State University in Sacramento with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.
“We’re pleased to announce the promotions of Jan Clevenger and David Luoma,” said Tim Belk, chairman and CEO. “Jan and David are valued members of our executive team, and each of them brings a wealth of talent and experience to their new positions. We wish them both continued success in their careers at Belk.”