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Theory House names new VP of retail brands

BY Dan Berthiaume

Charlotte, N.C. – Branding and retail marketing agency, Theory House, has named Christopher Durham to the leadership team as VP of retail brands. Durham joins Theory House with more than 20 years of experience developing and managing brands both at the retail level and as a consultant, including work for Office Depot, Best Buy, Food Lion, Hannaford and Lowe’s Home Improvement.

He is the creator of the website My Private Brand, where he challenges retailers to evolve their traditional private labels into consumer-focused brands.

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Revionics names president and CEO as chairman

BY Staff Writer

New York — Revionics, a provider of end-to-end merchandise optimization solutions, appointed the company’s president and CEO Marc Hafner as chairman of the board.

Hafner has served as president and CEO since 2010 and with this newly added role he will lead the company’s strategic planning and accelerate its global growth.

“The appointment of Marc Hafner to chairman of our board of directors is another vital step in Revionics’ growth and development,” said Dave Schwab, managing director at Sierra Ventures. “Marc is an accomplished executive and strategic decision maker who has consistently delivered double-digit growth year-over-year, broadened the Revionics product platform and has achieved a near 100% customer renewal rate.”

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RILA partners with National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance

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Washington, D.C. — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) has entered into a partnership with the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA) to enhance cyber security information sharing and expand retailers’ proactive and vigilant approach to cyber threats to protect consumers against criminals.

Partnering with the NCFTA is one of several approaches RILA is taking to enhance collaboration across the entire payments system. Last week, RILA announced it is joining forces with the Financial Services Roundtable to lead a partnership between the merchant and financial services industries.

“Our partnership with NCFTA is one of many information sharing models we are pursuing as part of our multi-solution approach to cyber security,” said Lisa LaBruno, senior VP of retail operations at RILA. “Collaboration among retailers and other stakeholders is essential to detecting threats early on and combating cyber-criminals.”

Improving industry-wide cyber security capabilities by sharing threat information, exploring innovative technologies and enhancing the security of the payments system are crucial components of RILA’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Initiative. RILA’s partnership with the NCFTA, a nonprofit corporation specializing in establishing public-private partnerships, will provide a forum through which retailers can collaborate on effective solutions to combat cyber-criminals in a cooperative environment.

The RILA and NCFTA partnership is supported by RILA’s Retail Cybersecurity Leaders Council (RCLC), which is made up of retail information security executives from among RILA’s membership. This partnership will expand retailers’ network to include academia, law enforcement, financial institutions and other industries. In March, the RCLC will convene at the NCFTA in Pittsburgh to kick off the information sharing process across industries.

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