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CVS/pharmacy expands role of two field executives

BY Michael Johnsen

Woonsocket, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy on Thursday expanded the role of two retail field executives as senior VP operations Dennis Palmer, a 37-year retail veteran, announced his retirement.

Effective Nov. 5, Hanley Wheeler, SVP operations has assumed responsibility of CVS/pharmacy’s Western and Southwestern markets while continuing to have responsibility for the company’s retail operations in its Midwest and Southeast markets.

Assuming responsibility for CVS/pharmacy’s retail operations in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic is Kevin Hourican, SVP operations, who joined the CVS/pharmacy in June 2012 from Macy’s.

A pharmacist by training, Wheeler began his career at CVS/pharmacy in 1994 as an area VP. During his tenure at CVS and among his many accomplishments, Wheeler played a key role in the successful conversion of the acquired Osco and Sav-on stores, and led CVS/pharmacy’s organic growth into Chicago, Southern California, Las Vegas and Phoenix, as well as its entry into Puerto Rico, the company’s first market outside of the 50 U.S. states.

Prior to joining CVS/pharmacy, Hourican served as Macy’s SVP and Mid-Atlantic regional director of stores. He also served as Macy’s SVP direct-to-consumer logistics and worked for Sears from 1999 through 2006 in a series of increasingly responsible operational roles.

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Stuart Weitzman grows executive team to support growth

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New York — Stuart Weitzman said Thursday that it has promoted Susan Duffy from senior VP global marketing to the position of chief marketing officer, as part of the luxury retailer’s plan for new market expansion.

As CMO, Duffy is charged with leading marketing, advertising, public relations and social media to ensure the branding message is consistent across all worldwide communications platforms.

Sally Ross has joined the company in the newly created role of chief merchandising officer of retail, focusing on defining and executing merchandising and visual strategies. Most recently, Ross was executive VP of merchandising for footwear at The Jones Group.

Effective Nov. 12, Jonathan Lelonek will join Stuart Weitzman as executive VP US wholesale, and Samara Hodgson joined the team as VP social and digital innovation.

Stuart Weitzman is a division of The Jones Group.

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Target partners with CNET to offer expert product reviews on electronics

BY Staff Writer

Minneapolis — Target Corp. announced a partnership with CNET – a top website for consumer electronics and tech news – to provide guests with CNET Editors’ Picks for Target, in time for the holiday season. The collaboration is part of a larger, ongoing partnership between Target and CNET.

Beginning Nov. 11, Target guests can shop the electronics department with even more confidence and ease thanks to unbiased expert reviews that will appear with select electronics items both on-shelf at all Target stores nationwide and within the “Expert Review” tab on Target.com.

“We want our guests to think of Target first when it comes to their consumer electronic needs,” said Scott Nygaard, VP merchandising, electronics at Target. “We know our guests find expert reviews helpful when making purchasing decisions; as the respected industry expert, CNET was a clear choice to provide this expertise to Target’s guests.”

The new feature will include 25 product reviews across Target’s electronics department. CNET editors rated products based on ease of use, style and value. The product reviews will be clearly visible in stores, with on-shelf signage prominently featuring the CNET logo and qualifying criteria, such as “Best first digital SLR” for the Nikon D3100. Shoppers can use the QR code on the signs to access the full product review on the chain’s website.

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