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Sterling Jewelers names COO, management shifts

BY Staff Writer

Akron, Ohio — Sterling Jewelers said Thursday it has named Ed Hrabak, senior VP merchandising, as COO to succeed Bill Montalto, who is retiring from the position in June.

Hrabak has been with Sterling for over 25 years, assuming increasingly greater management responsibility during his tenure.

Sterling also announced that Stuart Lee, VP merchandising, will be promoted to senior VP merchandising upon Hrabak’s promotion to COO.

Dawn McGuire, VP mall merchandising, will be promoted to VP merchandising, replacing Stuart Lee in that role.

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Texting takes top billing

BY CSA STAFF

At Westfield San Francisco Centre, shoppers have the opportunity to win a $1,000 shopping spree, while Westfield has the chance to gain valuable marketing access.

Westfield mall patrons are invited to text “spree” and their email address in order to be entered into a drawing for a $1,000 shopping spree. The text also opts them in to receive ongoing alerts and up to four messages per month from Westfield.

Opt-out is easy, requiring only a “stop” text to a designated number.


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Insights on Asia offered at industry event

BY CSA STAFF

With China on pace to become one of the world’s biggest retail market, any insight on developing a retail business in this area is welcomed, which is why it is no surprise that Scott Price, president and CEO of Walmart Asia, is scheduled to speak at the World Retail Congress Asia Pacific in Beijing this March.

Price oversees Walmart’s operations in China, Japan and India and other key areas in Asia, and will share is knowledge of the region as well as his view for the future of global retailing, according to publicity for the event. Price’s expertise in the area extends before his time at Walmart as he wasCEO DHL Express Asia Pacific and president of DHL Express Japan, DHL’s largest market in the Asia Pacific region. Before joining DHL, Price spent a decade with the Coca-Cola Co. During that period, he assumed various roles which included country leader in Japan, and as director and country manager in China.

  • Other Asia experts slated to speak include:

  • Sir David Tang, founder of the high-end lifestyle chain, Shanghai Tang

  • Simon Pestridge, global brand director for Nike

  • Nishad Alani, VP regional Operations for Starbucks

  • Carlos Ortega, group CEO for Pepe Jeans

The World Retail Congress Asia Pacific will take place March 28 to 29 at the Beijing International hotel. Click here for more information.

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