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RILA appoints two new board members

BY CSA STAFF

Washington, D.C. The Retail Industry Leaders Association added two retail industry executives to its board of directors during its semi-annual meeting held this week in Washington, D.C.

Eugenio Minvielle, executive VP, Unilever and president, North America Unilever will join the RILA board, along with Karen Lowe, general manager, global retail industry, IBM Corp. Reimbursement.

Among the topics discussed at this week’s meeting were swipe-fee reform, implementation of healthcare reform and streamlined sales tax.

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Gap adds China banker to board of directors

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San Francisco Gap said Tuesday it has named international banker Katherine Tsang as a company director, expanding the retailer’s board of directors to 11 members.

Tsang, 53, is the chairwoman for Greater China at Standard Chartered PLC, and will join the board in August.

Earlier this year, Gap announced plans to open its first store in China.

“Katherine’s successful track record leading and growing a multinational business in China’s flourishing consumer market makes her a tremendous resource to our board as we embark on a new phase of international expansion,” chairman and CEO Glenn Murphy said in a statement. “She will also bring a unique dimension to our board as one of the top women executives in China.”

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Sainsbury supermarket shuffles management team

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London British supermarket group J Sainsbury PLC said Monday it has changed up its management team, putting current CFO Darren Shapland in charge of future developments at the company.

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, the move is the latest in a series of management changes at U.K. supermarkets as they compete for customers amid fears that a hike in the value added tax could curb consumer spending.

Sainsbury promoted John Rogers to CFO, and current trading director Mike Coupe will become group commercial director and join the board, adding marketing to his responsibilities.

Helen Buck will take charge of the company’s convenience-store operations under Shapland.

The changes take place on July 19.

 

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