Report: Dick’s Sporting Goods accuses rival CEO of undercover spying
New York — Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. has accused Mitchell Modell, CEO of Modell’s Sporting Goods, of disguising himself as a Dick’s executive to illegally obtain confidential business information, The Record reported.
In a complaint filed in state Superior Court in Mercer County (New Jersey) on Feb. 20, Dick’s claimed Modell visited its store in Princeton, N.J., on Feb. 8 and pretended to be a senior VP of Dick’s. Modell allegedly told a store manager he had an appointment to meet Dick’s CEO Edward Stack at the store and got employees to show him around the store’s private back areas and answer questions about store operations, the report said.
The complaint accuses Modell of civil conspiracy and trespass. Dick’s is seeking unspecified financial compensation for damages. The chain also wants a ruling that would bar Modell and his employees ever again entering the non-public areas of a Dick’s store or using the information gained from Modell’s February visit.
Ahold’s Giant/Martin unit taps former Save-A-Lot exec as president
Carlisle, Pa. — Ahold USA on Monday announced that Tom Lenkevich will join the company’s Giant/Martin’s division as president, effective March 4.
Lenkevich, who most recently served as COO and senior VP retail operations at Save-A-Lot Food Stores, will manage all aspects of the division, with responsibility for Giant and Martin’s sales, operating profits, organization and people.
“Tom’s decades of grocery experience combined with his central Pennsylvanian roots makes him a great addition to the Giant/Martin’s division and the Ahold USA leadership team,” stated James McCann, COO Ahold USA. “In addition to leading the division, Tom will be driving activities to achieve sales results and working with the Giant/Martin’s team to preserve the heritage of the local brand while at the same time reshaping retail with a strong focus on reinvesting in value and quality, and offering customers an omnichannel shopping experience to meet their needs both today and in the future.”
Giant/Martin operates nearly 200 supermarkets in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia under the banners of Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets.
Aaron’s names new VP of franchising
Atlanta – Michael P. Ryan, operational VP of Aaron’s Inc., has been named VP of franchising. Todd Evans, current VP of franchising, will be leaving Aaron’s to pursue other opportunities.
Henri Rogers, senior regional manager for Aaron’s Three Rivers region, will succeed Ryan as divisional VP of northern operations.
"I’m very pleased that Michael, one of our most successful and talented operational VPs, has accepted the leadership reigns and will now serve as VP of franchising," said David L. Buck, Aaron’s COO. "Michael’s background is deeply rooted in operations and we are confident that his experience will bring immediate value and support to the franchisees and continued expansion of our franchise operations."