Specialty Running Group names RunOn founder as senior advisor
Denver – The Running Specialty Group, part of The Finish Line Inc. organization, has appointed Bob Wallace as senior advisor, strategic initiatives. Wallace founded specialty running retail chain RunON, which Running Specialty Group purchased in 2012.
Wallace will serve as a key counselor to strategically plan and integrate growth opportunities surrounding industry trends while focusing on attaining operational excellence and being an ambassador to the running community. He entered the specialty running business in 1995.
La-Z Boy makes executive appointments
Monroe, Mich. — La-Z-Boy Incorporated announced the appointments of two executive officers. Doug Collier has been named senior VP of La-Z-Boy, chief marketing officer and president, international, and Darrell Edwards has been named senior VP of La-Z-Boy and chief supply chain officer.
Collier rejoined La-Z-Boy Incorporated in June 2007 after two years with Select Comfort as chief marketing officer and senior VP marketing. Prior to Select Comfort, Collier held various leadership positions at La-Z-Boy from 2002 through 2005.
Previously, Edwards was senior VP operations for the La-Z-Boy branded business.
NRF hires political affairs expert as VP retail programs
Washington, D.C. – The National Retail Federation has hired Mary Heitman as VP of retail programs. Heitman comes to NRF from the Trust for the National Mall, where she served as director of events and deputy director of development.
In that role, Heitman managed corporate sponsorships and events designed to increase donor engagement, identified and cultivated prospects, and leveraged relationships in the government affairs and corporate community. Prior to the Trust for the National Mall, she owned and operated a private marketing and fundraising firm and served as finance director for the Republican National Committee.
At NRF, Heitman will be responsible for expanding and managing key strategic initiatives and programs within the organization’s communities, including Shop.org, the Association for Retail Technology Standards, marketing, loss prevention and IT.