OfficeMax launches diversity hiring initiative
Boca Raton, Fla. – As part of its “Maxing Out Diversity” program, OfficeMax is partnering with healthcare company ViaQuest to develop a work-training facility and direct employment program to prepare veterans and people with disabilities for job opportunities at Ohio-based OfficeMax locations. The program, which will launch in summer 2014, is similar to those that OfficeMax has initiated in Alabama, Illinois, and Nevada.
The partnership, facilitated through a two-year grant from Kessler Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rehabilitation research and funding disability employment initiatives, will use a real-world work environment and specialized curriculum to train people with disabilities for careers within OfficeMax’s distribution and retail centers. ViaQuest also has connected with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, the statewide agency for employment and rehabilitation services, to identify potential participants for the OfficeMax training program.
“Our partnership with OfficeMax is a testament to how we’re expanding our circle of care to provide more opportunities for individuals to secure private-sector employment,” said Rich Johnson, CEO of ViaQuest. “At the same time, we’re well positioned to help companies such as OfficeMax reach their diversity and inclusion goals.”
Starbucks names new execs for Teavana and Canada; Teavana CEO retires
Seattle – Starbucks Coffee Company has named Starbucks Canada executive VP and president Annie Young-Scrivner as executive VP and president, Teavana. Nine-year retail operations executive and employee resources senior VP Rossann Williams has been appointed senior VP and president, Starbucks Canada.
Teavana founder and CEO Andy Mack, having helped with the integration of Teavana with Starbucks, has decided to retire from the company.
“Tea is the second most-consumed beverage in the world and represents a sizeable opportunity for Starbucks as we continue to grow around the world,” said Cliff Burrows, group president, U.S., Americas and Teavana. “Under Annie’s leadership, we plan to do for tea what we did for coffee by significantly expanding the availability of new and innovative Teavana products in Starbucks and Teavana retail stores and through other channels. Starbucks Canada is our largest international market and an important contributor to our Americas growth strategy. Rossann is an experienced Starbucks executive and a true ambassador for our culture, values and guiding principles.”
Ethan Allen names new head furniture group
Danbury, Conn. – Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. has appointed Daniel R. Bradley as its senior VP, Furniture Group. Bradley will lead the merchandising and manufacturing operations for the furniture group.
Bradley’s career in the home furnishings industry includes his most recent role at Furniture Brands International Inc. where he served as president designer brands. Prior to assuming that role, Bradley served as the president and CEO of Ferguson Copeland Ltd. and previously was president of Baker, Knapp and Tubbs.
"I am pleased to have Dan join our team. Ethan Allen is continuing our focus on "The New Eclecticism", which adds fashion, color, and a spirit of mixing things up to our time-honored story of quality, value and style,” said Ethan Allen CEO Farooq Kathwari. “This leap from furniture to fashion is being very well received by our network and by consumers. To accelerate this effort we are repositioning our product programs into two major business units; an accents group and furniture group."