Gap establishes international division
San Francisco — Gap said Tuesday that it is establishing an international division, based in London, to ramp up overseas growth, and will open its first Old Navy stores abroad — in Japan — by 2012.
Gap said it has set a goal for international and online sales to make up 30% of its total by 2013, up from 22% in 2010 and 14% in 2006. The new international division will oversee stores across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, Asia Pacific and South America.
Gap said it named Stephen Sunnucks, 53, as president of the division. He was previously president for Europe and International Strategic Alliances divisions. The retailer also announced that John Ermatinger, currently president of Gap’s Asia Pacific Region, will establish Old Navy International, beginning in June, with the objective of opening Old Navy in Japan by the end of 2012.
Tuesday’s announcements build on the company’s recent formation of a Gap Global Creative Center in New York, aimed at improving performance and executing one global design vision for Gap brand around the world.
In the year ahead, the company plans to open about 190 stores worldwide, including about 10 stores each in China and Italy. It plans to double the number of franchise stores to 400 by 2015.
FMI names government relations lead
Arlington, Va. — The Food Marketing Institute said Tuesday that it has appointed Robert Rosado as director of government relations.
According to FMI, Rosado will focus on legislation that impacts supermarkets in the areas of food safety, health care, food deserts and the 2012 Farm Bill.
“Rob has a broad range of expertise in food and agriculture that will be very helpful to FMI and its members. His background also includes working with federal agencies on many issues related to the food retail industry,” said FMI president and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin.
Rosado joins FMI from the Biotechnology Industry Organization where he was policy manager for the food and agriculture issues. Before joining BIO, he served as director of legislative and political affairs for the Foreign Agriculture Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Rite Aid promotes Montini to executive VP merchandising
Camp Hill, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. said Monday that Tony Montini has been promoted to executive VP merchandising.
Montini most recently served as senior VP of category management.
In his new position, Montini will oversee field merchandising and the company’s new store format development in addition to his current responsibilities for category management. The company’s new store formats include wellness stores, value + stores and co-branded Save-A-Lot Rite Aid stores.
Rite Aid also announced that Bryan Shirtliff, currently the company’s senior VP business development, has been named to the new position of senior VP merchandising.