NRF hires political affairs expert as VP retail programs
Washington, D.C. – The National Retail Federation has hired Mary Heitman as VP of retail programs. Heitman comes to NRF from the Trust for the National Mall, where she served as director of events and deputy director of development.
In that role, Heitman managed corporate sponsorships and events designed to increase donor engagement, identified and cultivated prospects, and leveraged relationships in the government affairs and corporate community. Prior to the Trust for the National Mall, she owned and operated a private marketing and fundraising firm and served as finance director for the Republican National Committee.
At NRF, Heitman will be responsible for expanding and managing key strategic initiatives and programs within the organization’s communities, including Shop.org, the Association for Retail Technology Standards, marketing, loss prevention and IT.
Books-A-Million names VP e-commerce
Birmingham, Ala. — Books-A-Million appointed James Phelps as VP e-commerce. For nearly 15 years, Phelps has been a leader in e-commerce, serving with retailers including HSN, Kohl’s Department Stores, and Brookstone.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to bring my in-store experience to the Books-A-Million brand online,” said Phelps. “My focus is to not only create synergy between the online and in-store shopping experience, but to give our customers compelling reasons to make Booksamillion.com their primary destination for the best selection of books, toys, tech and more.”
Books-A-Million operates 254 stores in 33 states.
Former ShopperTrak exec joins AccuStore board
New York — AccuStore, a leading provider of site intelligence for retailers and multi-site operators, has added Jan Davis, president and CEO of ShopperTrak, to the board of AccuStore’s parent company, GSP.
“AccuStore’s technology meets a profound need in retail to reduce the cost and delays that arise when large retailers struggle to understand store-specific facts and data,” Davis said. “With the backing of GSP’s 35 years of experience in supporting large retail chains, AccuStore is uniquely positioned to offer a technology and support platform that will enable major retailers to realize long-lasting improvements in their bottom-line performance.”
During her tenure at ShopperTrak, from 2004 to 2008, revenues doubled and the company expanded internationally, including a wholly foreign-owned subsidiary in China.