Calloway’s Nursery names VP marketing
Fort Worth, Texas — Calloway’s Nursery has named Alicia Hicks as VP marketing, effective Aug. 5. Hicks formerly served as Calloway’s director of retail marketing.
With her promotion, Hicks will oversee marketing for all aspects of Calloway’s Nursery, which includes 17 Calloway’s Nursery locations in Dallas/Fort Worth, as well as two Cornelius Nursery locations in Houston. She will develop strategic marketing plans and customer experience initiatives for both Calloway’s and Cornelius brands across all retail locations.
Haier America adds appliance execs
Three executives were named to new roles at leading appliance and consumer electronics manufacturer Haier America.
Haier America, part of the $29 billion Haier Group, named Gina Copeland SVP of air quality, Sanjay Gupta VP of product platform development for major appliances and Paul Riley as VP of sales and marketing for major appliances.
Copleland joins Haier from Mitsubishi Electric where she most recently held the position of senior directors of strategy and planning for the company’s heating and cooling division. In her new role, she will be responsible for Haier’s air quality business in the Americas. She holds a bachelor of science in mathematics/physics from Spelman College, a master of science in industrial engineering from Wayne State University and a master of business administration from the University of Michigan.
Gupta will assume the role of product strategy officer for major appliances and be accountable for the development of the strategic plan and creation of product roadmaps for all appliance categories. An industry veteran, Gupta’s blend of strategy and operations expertise has led to increasing levels of leadership throughout his career including the strategic planning, product innovation and business development activities for Whirlpool’s global laundry appliances.
Riley joins Haier after spending 15 years with GE where he most recently served as senior brand and product line marketing manager. In his new role, Riley will serve as the sales and marketing lead for major appliances to execute the go to market strategies for all categories.
“Gina, Sanjay and Paul bring a wealth of talent and expertise from years in the industry as key decisions makers and strategic thinkers,” said Adrian Micu, president and CEO, Haier America. “I am excited to bring aboard such great talent to the Haier America executive team as we build the foundation for future success.”
Diamond prices affect Blue Nile Q2 results
Seattle – Online specialty jewelry and diamond retailer Blue Nile Inc. reported net income of $2.17 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2014, a 1% drop from $2.2 million in the second quarter of the previous fiscal year. Net sales also decreased 1%, to $1.06.6 million from $108 million.
Blue Nile cited falling diamond prices as having an adverse effect on its financial performance during the quarter.
"The diamond price environment in the second quarter materially impacted our performance,” said Harvey Kanter, chairman, CEO and president. “As a result we executed strategic and targeted price changes to ensure that Blue Nile’s superior value is absolutely clear to the consumer. With these changes we are seeing a return to growth, and when diamond prices normalize, we expect to see even greater benefits from ongoing investments we’re making in the user experience.”