Succession Plan Unfolds at Stage Stores
Houston Stage Stores Inc. announced Friday that Jim Scarborough will retire from the position of CEO on Nov. 3. He will, however, continue in the capacity of chairman of the board. In accordance with Stage Stores’ succession plan, president and COO Andrew Hall will assume the position of president and CEO when Scarborough retires. Hall also serves on the company’s board of directors.
In the eight years he has spent at Stage Stores, Scarborough is credited with leading the company through a dynamic and successful reorganization. Hall has held his current position for nearly three years.
FTC investigating Walgreens bid for Longs
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. Longs Drug Stores has announced that the Federal Trade Commission has requested that Longs provide the FTC with documents and information in connection with Walgreens’ unsolicited, non-binding expression of interest to acquire Longs.
In the detailed 25-page request, the FTC stated that it was investigating whether Walgreens’ proposed acquisition of Longs “may substantially lessen competition among Retail Pharmacies in various portions of California, Nevada and Hawaii.” In addition, the FTC requested information regarding several markets that had not been examined in the FTC’s previous review of the proposed Longs-CVS transaction, including Longs’ operations in Hawaii and Longs’ mail order business. The FTC may add to the request as its investigation progresses. Longs intends to cooperate in the FTC’s investigation.
Whole Foods names senior vp of purchasing
AUSTIN, Texas Whole Foods Market has promoted Michael Besancon to the newly created position of senior global vp of purchasing, distribution and marketing for the company.
Starting this week, Besancon will report directly to co-presidents and coos A.C. Gallo and Walter Robb, and will be responsible for leading the development and execution of strategies for procurement, distribution and marketing of products, which includes bringing the next generation of exciting offerings to Whole Foods Market shoppers.
Besancon served as president for the Southern Pacific region for more than seven years, overseeing operations, marketing and real estate development, profitability and financial growth for stores in Southern California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii.