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Home Depot names new retail and supply chain execs

BY Dan Berthiaume

Atlanta – The Home Depot has named Craig Menear president, U.S. retail, effective immediately. Menear was previously executive VP, merchandising, responsible for all merchandising departments and merchandising services and strategy; the company’s supply chain network; global sourcing; vendor management; marketing; and online sales.

In his new role, Menear will add responsibility for all U.S. store operations, with Marvin Ellison, executive V.P. U.S. stores, reporting to Menear. The company also promoted Mark Holifield, senior VP, supply chain, to executive VP, supply chain and product development, with responsibility for sourcing and proprietary brands. Holifield will continue reporting to Menear.

"Craig is a world-class retailer and has done a terrific job in recent years leading some of the most important and successful initiatives in our company," said Frank Blake , chairman and CEO. "And Mark has successfully led one of the most extensive supply chain transformations in retail history. Both are very deserving of their new leadership roles, and I look forward to their continuing contributions to our business."

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Report: Verizon investigating retail breaches

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – Verizon is reportedly investigating possible data breaches at two unidentified retailers that use its networking technology. According to the New York Times, law enforcement notified the two retailers of the possible cyber attacks, and they then notified Verizon late in the week of Feb. 17.

A Verizon spokesperson told the New York Times that these attacks have similar earmarks to the recent Target breach and there is probably a link between them and an earlier event. Verizon is reportedly also investigating the Target breach. The U.S. Secret Service and Target declined comment in the article.

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The Home Depot makes changes to executive team

BY CSA STAFF

The Home Depot has promoted Craig Menear to president, U.S. retail. Menear was previously EVP, merchandising, responsible for all merchandising departments and merchandising services and strategy; the company’s supply chain network; global sourcing; vendor management; marketing; and online sales.

In his new role, Menear will add responsibility for all U.S. store operations, with Marvin Ellison, EVP, U.S. stores, reporting to Menear.

The company also announced that Mark Holifield, SVP, supply chain, has been elevated to EVP, supply chain and product development, with responsibility for sourcing and proprietary brands. Holifield will continue reporting to Menear.

"Craig is a world-class retailer and has done a terrific job in recent years leading some of the most important and successful initiatives in our company," said chairman and CEO Frank Blake. "And Mark has successfully led one of the most extensive supply chain transformations in retail history. Both are very deserving of their new leadership roles, and I look forward to their continuing contributions to our business."

Menear, a 34-year retail veteran, joined the Home Depot in 1997 as a merchandising manager in the company’s Southwest Division, and steadily rose through the company’s merchandising ranks to his current position. Prior to joining the company, Menear held various merchandising positions at other retailers including Ikea, Builders Emporium, Grace Home Centers and Montgomery Ward, as well as operating an independent retail business.

Holifield has more than 30 years of experience in supply chain management. He joined the Home Depot in 2006 to design and implement a complete transformation of the company’s supply chain and logistics infrastructure, resulting in steadily improving inventory turns and in-stock levels. Prior to the Home Depot, Holifield spent 12 years at Office Depot in supply chain roles of increasing responsibility, and earlier in his career, held supply chain roles at Frito-Lay and H.E. Butt Grocery.

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