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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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Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf names CFO; VP operations

BY Marianne Wilson

Los Angeles — The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has named Karen Cate as CFO and Jeff Schroeder as VP operations.

Cate most recently served as the VP controller of Trader Joe’s Company, where she was responsible for the integrity of financial processes and reporting for the retail grocery store, warehouses, and distribution operations.

Schroeder brings more than 30 years of experience with large multi-unit operations in the restaurant industry. He most recently served as VP brewery restaurants for Karl Strauss Brewing Company.

"The momentum we’re generating at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf requires solid financial, technological and operations expertise. We searched extensively to find the most seasoned leaders in these fields and we’re proud to welcome Karen and Jeff. Their talent, experience and people-first orientation complement our existing leadership team, which further positions us to attain our goals for the coming years," said president and CEO, John Dawson.

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Vera Bradley taps former OfficeMax exec to head e-commerce, omnichannel efforts

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Accessories retailer Vera Bradley has named former OfficeMax executive Thomas R. Giacalone as VP e-commerce.

"Growing our e-commerce business is a critical piece of our five-year strategic plan, and we are very fortunate to have someone of Tom Giacalone’s background and caliber join Vera Bradley to lead this important function," said CEO Robert Wallstrom.

Giacalone will be in charge of setting the strategic and tactical direction for verabradley.com and all of the digital operations associated with presenting the Vera Bradley brand on the Web. In an effort to grow Vera Bradley as an omnichannel company, he will collaborate with many partners on both the retail (direct) and wholesale (indirect) sides of the business to establish the course for the company’s enhanced digital strategy.

Since 2012, Giacalone has served as VP of omnichannel strategy and e-commerce operations for OfficeMax, where he led the omnichannel customer experience and drove operational efficiencies and revenue growth. Prior to that, he held various positions of increasing responsibility in stores, merchandising, operations and e-commerce with Sears Holdings, including the post of divisional VP/general manager of multichannel management.

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