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Boise Cascade adds Karen Gowland to board

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Boise Cascade Company has appointed Karen Gowland to its board of directors.

"I am delighted that Karen is joining our board. She brings a unique mix of skills given her knowledge of our company and experience in the industry, and understanding of securities laws and corporate governance," said chairman Duane McDougall.

Gowland had served as SVP general counsel and corporate secretary for Boise until it was acquired by PCA last year. She has approximately 30 years of experience in the forest products industry, as well as 15 years of experience as a corporate secretary in the industry.

Currently, she chairs the Professional Conduct Board for the Idaho State Bar Association, as well as a director on the board of the University of Idaho Foundation. In the past, she was a chair of the Law Advisory Council for the University of Idaho College of Law.

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H&M, New York City

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The H&M flagship in Times Square is designed for maximum visual impact and customer engagement. The 42,500-sq.-ft. store has an ultra-modern, high-tech look, with talking mannequins and a digital runway (customers walk the runway floor, which triggers cameras that project their images and video onto LED screens on the store façade). In the children’s department, an illuminated carousel adds to the fun.

The high-energy environment is punctuated with a giant LED screen framed in a “glitterwall” of mirror polished stainless steel panels that are illuminated to create a shimmering effect. The “lookout,” a customer lounge area, has a floor to ceiling corner window offering views out 
onto Times Square. The window is framed by another glitterwall, with a 6-ft. tall neon “H&M <3 TSQ” sign for photo opportunities.


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Sam’s Club gets serious about e-commerce

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Former Barnes & Noble executive Jamie Iannone was named president and CEO of Samsclub.com in a restructuring that elevates and integrates Sam’s Club’s online business into the Walmart’s Global eCommerce business unit based in California.

Iannone previously served as president of digital products at Barnes & Noble and oversaw the book seller’s Nook Media unit. He also spent seven years at eBay, earned a bachelor’s degree at Princeton and an MBA at Stanford.

His appointment was announced in a joint statement distributed internally at Walmart by Sam’s Club president and CEO Rosalind Brewer and Walmart Global eCommerce president and CEO Neil Ashe.

“At Walmart, we believe combining the assets of the world’s largest retailer with best-in-class ecommerce capabilities gives our customers and members a unique shopping opportunity,” according to the statement by Brewer and Ashe. “The integration of the Sam’s Club eCommerce operations with Global eCommerce allows us to build on our collective strengths. This, combined with Jamie’s leadership, gives us a competitive advantage no one else can match.”

The change indicates Sam’s is ready to elevate its online game by fully integrating it into the company’s umbrella organization created several years ago known as Global eCommerce. For example, Iannone will be based at the Global eCommerce organization’s San Bruno, Calif., headquarters and report to Ashe rather than Sam’s CEO Brewer who is based in Bentonville, Ark.

The change will result in a higher level of senior management attention as Sam’s Club ecommerce operations become a fully integrate business unit overseen by a C-level executive with solid digital credentials. Sam’s online business was previously overseen as one of many duties by John Boswell in his role as SVP of marketing, member insights and ecommerce. Boswell will be leaving Sam’s in May to lead an international mission for his church.

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