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Disney Store names North American marketing VP

BY CSA STAFF

Pasadena, Calif. Disney Store has named Damon Whiteside VP marketing for Disney Store North America.

In his new role, Whiteside will oversee key global marketing initiatives and lead the North American marketing strategy through in-store brand positioning, franchise and synergy development.

“I’m excited to join Disney Store at such a critical time, and believe my experience will help to achieve a compelling retail experience,” said Whiteside. “Disney’s entertainment properties are celebrated worldwide and we will present them in an innovative new way that inspires our guests as they enter a Disney Store.”

Whiteside began his career with Disney more than 12 years ago at Walt Disney Studios in film distribution and in-theater marketing before joining Disney Music Group. Most recently, Whiteside was the head of marketing for Walt Disney Records.

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Blockbuster rolls out RedPrairie HR solution

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Milwaukee RedPrairie Holding said Tuesday that Blockbuster has completed its rollout of RedPrairie’s Execution Management solution in 500 stores.

Blockbuster completed the rollout in 10 weeks, and said it plans to implement the solution in its remaining stores.

According to Jeff Gloor, VP operations, Blockbuster, “Integrating Execution Management with our existing workforce management solution means our district managers can focus more time on coaching store associates and driving sales not only in day-to-day operations, but during specific promotions as well.”

Blockbuster is using the Execution Management and Workforce Management solutions to provide store-specific communication, gather store data quickly and accurately, and provide store on-time compliance data to all levels of the organization. As a whole, the two integrated solutions provide a greater degree of visibility and consistency.

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Sheplers Western Wear names CEO

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Wichita, Kan. Former QVC executive Bob Myers has been hired as CEO for Sheplers Western Wear, according to a report by the Wichita Business Journal.

Myers replaces Dennis O’Brien, an operating partner at Gryphon Investors, who has been acting CEO since September. Gryphon is the San Francisco-based private-equity firm that owns Sheplers.

Myers spent eight years at QVC, most recently as senior VP, helping build the company’s Internet business. He also spent 15 years at J.C. Penney.

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