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Havertys promotes four execs to VP roles

BY Dan Berthiaume

Atlanta – Havertys has promoted four executives to VP positions. Richard Gallagher was promoted to executive VP merchandising; Bonnie Berry was promoted to VP HR; Greg Johnson was promoted to VP distribution; and Jim Presmanes was promoted to VP risk management and insurance.

Gallagher began his career with Havertys as a salesperson in 1988 and was promoted to senior VP merchandising in 2009 and in 2013, assumed oversight responsibilities for both marketing and supply chain functions. Berry has been with Havertys for more than 30 years was named assistant VP HR in 1997. Johnson began his career with Havertys in 1986 and was promoted to assistant VP distribution in 2012. Presmanes joined the company in 1992 and was named assistant VP in 2000.

"We are pleased to promote these experienced professionals in these diverse and critical functions of our business," said Clarence H. Johnson, chairman, president and CEO of Havertys.

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Report: Kohl’s CEO planning a management shakeup

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Menomonee Falls, Wis. — Kohl’s Corp. CEO Kevin Mansell is said to be seeking a new chief merchandising officer who would be next in line to take the CEO reins.

A report by the Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources, suggested that Mansell is scouting for a new chief merchant to not only take the merchandising lead for the discount department store chain but also to serve as the key player in a potential succession plan. The chief merchant slot has been vacant since the departure of Donald Brennan last March.

Kohl’s has not commented on the report.

Mansell has been with Kohl’s for more than 30 years, the last six as CEO. Sales and profits have largely been sluggish under his watch and, according to the report, the Kohl’s board will look to Mansell to show progress at the company’s board meeting on Wednesday. It is at that meeting that Mansell is expected to unveil plans for a management reorganization, according to the report.

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JDA Software announces departure of CEO Hamish Brewer; names interim chief

BY Marianne Wilson

Scottsdale, Ariz. — JDA Software Group, a leading provider of supply chain, manufacturing planning, retail planning, store operations and collaborative category management solutions, announced that CEO Hamish Brewer is leaving the company. Baljit (Bal) Dail, a technology executive who has served as JDA’s chairman since May 2013, has been named interim CEO, effective immediately. Dail will lead the search for a permanent successor.

Dail has previously served as CEO of both Aon Hewitt and Aon Consulting, and as CIO of Aon Corporation. He also was a partner at McKinsey & Company focused on the high-tech sector, and is currently an operating partner at New Mountain Capital. He started his career in the technology group at Marks & Spencer, a leading retailer in the United Kingdom.

“As the leader in supply chain, JDA already has the broadest and most advanced suite of solutions and services covering supply chain planning and execution,” said Dail. “Our intention now is to build on this leadership position by accelerating investments in our solution and delivery capabilities to empower our customers to stay ahead of the curve in an ever-challenging and increasingly complex global supply chain environment.”

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