Performance Bicycle names visual merchandising exec
Chapel Hill, N.C. Performance Bicycle said Tuesday it has appointed James Hilyard as VP visual merchandising for the specialty bike retailer.
In his new role, Hilyard will be responsible for guiding store design and guest experience. He was previously director of signing at Sears Holdings Corp., and has held visual merchandising positions with ShopKo, Golfsmith, and Kinko’s, now FedEx Office.
Performance Bicycle operates more than 95 nationwide stores that cater to both the avid biking enthusiast and the recreational rider. It is majority owned by North Castle Partners of Greenwich, Conn.
A&P names board member to executive post
Montvale, N.J. The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. on Friday named one of its board members, Frederic F. Brace, to a new executive post as chief administrative officer.
Brace, whose appointment took effect immediately, is the latest addition to the supermarket chain’s executive team under president and CEO Sam Martin, who was named on July 23 to replace Ron Marshall. On Wednesday, Paul Hertz was named as A&P’s executive VP operations.
On Aug. 13, the operator of the A&P chain and other supermarkets said it would close 25 stores in five states as part of its turnaround strategy.
Brace will oversee A&P departments in charge of finance and accounting, real estate and information systems. Brace spent 20 years with United Airlines, where he held a variety of executive positions, most recently as executive VP and CFO. He left United in 2008.
Barneys names new CEO
New York City Luxury retailer Barneys New York has named Mark Lee, the former head of Gucci, as its new CEO.
The appointment of the 47-year-old takes effect Sept. 1. Former CEO Howard Socol retired in 2008, and since then a committee of seven executives has run the company.
Lee has more than 25 years experience in luxury and retail. He joined Gucci in 1996 and was president and CEO from 2004 through 2008.
Lee started his career at Saks Fifth Avenue in 1984.