Gander Mountain Names Execs
St. Paul, Minn. Gander Mountain Co. announced Monday it has named Michael Owens executive VP and COO, and Steven Uline senior VP, marketing.
Owens is a 27-year veteran of Anheuser-Busch, where he led efforts to expand the company’s product offerings. He most recently served as Anheuser-Busch’s VP, business operations.
Uline worked for Anheuser-Busch for 24 years, most recently as the company’s VP, geographic marketing, field media and special-event marketing.
Both Owens’ and Uline’s responsibilities begin immediately.
Gander Mountain also promoted Eric Jacobsen to executive VP, general counsel and secretary, and Casey Ramm to senior VP, merchandising.
Save Mart Names President
Modesto, Calif. Save Mart Supermarkets announced that it has promoted its COO to serve as president of the company.
Steve Junqueiro replaces Bob Spengler, who retired from Save Mart last January. Save Mart operated without a president last year.
Junqueiro was appointed executive VP in 2007 and COO in 2008. His duties include leading Save Mart’s administrative, merchandising, marketing and distribution operations.
U.S. Retailers Slashed 66,000 jobs in Dec.
New York City U.S. retailers cut 66,600 jobs in December, capping the worst year for their employees since at least 1939, and they are expected to continue laying off workers as they close more stores amid the struggling economy, according to the Associated Press.
It was the 13th consecutive month of job losses in the sector, but December’s pace was well above the industry’s average of 43,000 for the year.
In 2008 overall, retailers shed 522,000 jobs, the most since the government began tracking the data in 1939, the report said.
Retail job losses account for 20% of the 2.6 million jobs slashed in the United States in 2008, even though retail accounted for only about 11% of total payroll employment, according to the report.