Starbucks Names New CEO
Seattle, Starbucks Corp. has named Jim Donald as president and CEO, following Thursday’s retirement of Orin Smith. Smith had announced his decision to retire last October. Donald, who joined the company in 2002 as president, North America, will also join the board of directors. He most recently served as chairman, president and CEO of Carteret, N.J.-based Pathmark, and prior to that, he was a key executive in Wal-Mart’s development of the supercenter format. He also served in managerial positions at Safeway and Albertson’s.
Gap Administrative and Compliance Exec Resigns
San FranciscoSan Francisco, Gap Inc. says that Ann Gust will resign as the retailer’s executive VP, chief administrative officer and chief compliance officer effective May 13. She has been with the retailer for 14 years.
Gust’s compliance responsibilities will fall to Lauri Shanahan, who also will continue to serve as executive VP, general counsel and corporate secretary. Gust’s chief administrative responsibilities will be divided among several executives at Gap including executive VP and CFO Byron Pollitt.
Deb Shops Boosts Income, Rex Stores Struggles
Philadelphia, Deb Shops Inc. reported preliminary fourth-quarter net income of $10.6 million, up 23.3% from the same quarter the year before. The improvement was supported by a 2.4% gain in sales to $82.6 million. For the year, Deb Shops posted a 39.8% gain in net income to $17.9 million and a 1.7% lift in net sales to $303.8 million.
In other earnings news, Dayton, Ohio-based consumer electronics retailer Rex Stores Corp. posted net income of $16.8 million in its recently completed fourth quarter, down 1.7% from the year before. Sales fell 4% to $125.4 million in the quarter, due in part to a 2% dip in same-store sales. For the year, the retailer’s income remained flat at $27.5 million. Sales declined 3.5% to $391.3 million on same-store sales shrinkage of 2%.