Retail Gift Card Association names president, executive director
Miami The Retail Gift Card Association (RGCA) today announced that Andrew Rowe is joining the association as president and executive director. In this capacity, Rowe will be responsible the day-to-day management of the association, building membership, tracking legislative issues that affect gift-cards and working with the board of directors to further the association’s objectives.
Prior to joining The RGCA, Rowe held a number of positions at SourceMedia, where his career spanned 14 years. Most recently he was VP/group publisher of the Payments Group where he oversaw the development of PaymentsSource.
Founded in 2008, the Retail Gift Card Association is a member organization of diverse, closed loop gift card retailers committed to promoting and protecting the use of gift cards. RGCA members follow a code of principles, which promotes best practice standards to help the industry grow and shape it in ways that benefit both members and consumers.
A&P names former OfficeMax exec to senior operations role
Montvale, N.J. The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. said Wednesday it has appointed Paul Hertz to the role of executive VP operations.
Hertz succeeds Mark Kramer, who left the company to pursue other interests.
Prior to joining A&P, Hertz was executive VP of retail stores for OfficeMax.
“An important part of our turnaround is building a dynamic executive management team with the skills and expertise necessary to lead our company to excellence,” said Christian Haub, executive chairman, The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co.
Earlier this month, A&P announced it had hired OfficeMax COO Sam Martin as its new president and CEO.
Staples makes exec changes in international business
Framingham, Mass. Staples said Tuesday it has made executive appointments in its international business that will help drive the company’s growth globally.
John Barton has been appointed executive VP international development and Anders Kristiansen has been appointed president of Staples China.
Staples also announced the appointment of Noah Herschman as chief of merchandising for Staples China.
As executive VP of international development, a new position at Staples, Barton has direct responsibility for Staples’ high-growth markets in China, India and South America. In addition, he has oversight for developing the company’s operational best practices worldwide across its retail, contract and catalog channels.
As president of Staples China effective Sept. 1, Kristiansen will be responsible for all day-to-day operations for Staples’ business in China.
As chief of merchandising for Staples China, Noah Herschman will lead a consolidated merchandising function across contract, catalog and retail channels.