Google exec joins Havertys
Atlanta — Kathy Daly-Jennings, who most recently served as head of industry, retail vertical for Google, has joined Havertys as senior VP, marketing. She will replace Thomas P. Curran, who will retire at the end of June 2014, and report to Richard D. Gallagher, executive VP, merchandising.
Prior to Google, Daly-Jennings held marketing leadership positions at The Home Depot and The Coca-Cola Company.
“We are pleased to welcome Kathy to Havertys,” said Gallagher. “She has more than seventeen years experience in the internet industry and an additional nine years in marketing and advertising roles. She joins us from Google, where she specialized in helping brick-and-mortar retailers excel in the digital environment. While at The Home Depot she launched the first direct-to-consumer brand for that company. She has also been responsible for developing interactive marketing opportunities for brands such as The Weather Channel, IBM, BellSouth, MCI, and Nike.”
HSN promotes Martinez to HR head
St. Petersburg, Fla. — HSN Inc. has promoted Maria Martinez to chief HR officer, effective immediately. In her new role, she will be responsible for providing leadership in executing human resources strategies in support of the company’s business objectives.
She will have specific responsibility for talent acquisition and assessment, succession planning, leadership development, employee engagement, performance management, total rewards, and wellness programs. She will continue to be based at the company’s headquarters in St. Petersburg.
Martinez has more than 20 years of experience in strategic planning, organizational development and team building. She joined HSN in 1995 as a manager in HR subsidiaries and was promoted to VP by 2005. Martinez then left HSN and went on to hold several senior-level positions in human resources for Bausch & Lomb and Darden Restaurants. Martinez joined HSNi in 2010, where she most recently served as Senior Vice President overseeing the talent management function for HSN and human resources and talent development for the Cornerstone brands
Rent-A-Center names CFO, HR head
Plano, Texas — Rent-A-Center, Inc. has appointed two new senior executives. The company named Guy J. Constant as executive VP finance, CFO and treasurer, and Jody Diaz as senior VP HR and chief people officer, both effective June 16, 2014.
Constant was previously employed by Brinker International Inc. and held several key financial positions during his 10-year tenure, most recently serving as executive VP, CFO and president of global business development. Prior to Brinker, Mr. Constant spent nine years at AMR Corporation, the parent of American Airlines, in various finance positions of increasing scope and responsibility,
Diaz has led the human resources function for a variety of large employers. Most recently, she served as senior VP of HR for Ace Cash Express.