Target continues to build digital team
Seattle — Target Corp. on Monday announced three executive hires who will have responsibilities for leading teams across its information technology, e-commerce and digital product teams.
Jim Fisher was named senior VP, infrastructure and operations, Target Technology Services, where he will oversee Target’s technical infrastructure and operations. Immediately before Target, Fisher was senior VP of global infrastructure operations at First Data Corporation.
Alan Wizemann joined Target as VP, Target.com and mobile product, where he will oversee digital product teams. For the past two years,Wizemann had been consulting with Target and leading various product teams, including Target’s mobile coupon app Cartwheel. Prior to Target, he founded ShopIgniter, a popular enterprise social commerce and marketing platform, and also worked with several other startups.
David Weissman was named president of DermStore, based in El Segundo, California, which Target acquired last year. He was previously at BCBG Max Azria Group Inc., where he was executive VP, e-commerce and omnichannel.
“At Target, we’ve said one of our top priorities is accelerating our digital transformation, and these new hires are a signal of our commitment to that effort,” said Jodee Kozlak, chief human resources officer, Target. “Jim, David and Alan are proven leaders who we believe will help Target deliver great new experiences for our guests, whether in stores, online or on the go.”
Nine retailers in search of a CEO
New York — The heat is on — in more ways than one. While Target’s search for a new chief executive has been much in the news, the discounter is not the only big retailer on the hunt for a chief executive. Here’s a brief review (all dates are 2014 except where noted):
1. Target Corp.: Thirty-five year company veteran Gregg Steinhafel, 59, stepped down in May. Target’s CFO John Mulligan is leading the discounter until a replacement is named.
2. J.C. Penney Co.: Myron “Mike” Ullman, 67, was called back to head the company after Ron Johnson was ousted in 2013. Ullman is technically not an interim CEO, but it’s no secret the company is looking for a permanent chief.
3. American Eagle Outfitters: Since Robert Hanson, 51, resigned in January, executive chairman Jay Schottenstein has been serving as interim CEO. Hanson joined American Eagle in January 2012 after 23 years at Levi Strauss & Co.
4. Bebe stores: Steve Birkhold resigned in June, and the board named Jim Wiggett, who has been advising the struggling apparel retailer, as interim CEO. Birkhold was appointed CEO of Bebe in January 2013. Before that, he had been president and CEO of Lacoste North America since 2010.
5. The Bon Ton Stores: Brendan L. Hoffman, 45, plans to step down as chief executive of the department store company in 2015, three years after taking the job. Prior to Bon-Ton, Hoffman served as CEO of Lord & Taylor.
6. Dollar General Corp.: Rick Dreiling, 60, will retire next year, staying on as CEO until May 30, 2015 or until the appointment of a successor. Dreiling served as chairman, president and CEO of New York-based Duane Reade prior to taking the helm of Dollar General in 2008.
7. American Apparel: Controversial founder, chairman and CEO Dov Charney, 45, was ousted by the board in June. John Luttrell, American Apparel’s executive VP and chief financial officer, is acting as interim CEO.
8. Gordmans Stores: Jeff Gordman resigned in March. T. Scott King, chairman, is serving as interim CEO. Gordman, whose great grandfather founded the predecessor company nearly 100 years ago, joined Gordmans in 1990 and was named president and CEO in 1996.
9. L.L. Bean: Chris McCormick, 58, the Maine-based company’s first leader from outside the Gorman family in its 102-year history, plans to retire in March 2016 after what will be 15 years as CEO and 33 years with Bean. Now that’s called giving advance notice!
Gordmans names marketing head; e-commerce head
Omaha, Nebraska — Gordmans Stores on Monday announced that Amy Starr Myers has joined Gordmans’ executive leadership team as senior VP of marketing. The retailer also announced that Stacey M. Townsend will launch the Gordmans e-commerce business as VP and general manager of e-commerce.
Myers most recently was vice president of marketing and creative services at Things Remembered, the nation’s largest retailer of personalized gifts.
"As Gordmans continues to increase its footprint across the country, Amy brings experience of growing a national retail presence. Her analytical, test-based approach will help drive Gordmans’ growth," said T. Scott King, interim CEO and chairman of the board for Gordmans.
Townsend joins Gordmans from Interline Brands, a $1.6 billion direct marketer and distributor of broad-line maintenance, repair and operations products. As director of e-commerce, she led Interline’s B2B e-commerce business. Townsend has served in a variety of e-commerce roles including VP, e-commerce at Hancock Fabrics; director of e-commerce merchandising and operations at Oriental Trading Company; director of Internet operations, The Bombay Company; director of merchandising and business operations for KB Toys; and web operations manager for Egghead.com.
"Stacey brings a broad-based background in e-commerce supporting merchandising, operations, merchandise planning, production and inventory control. She is a talented and well-rounded e-commerce executive who will help us launch e-commerce as an additional channel to serve our guests," said King.