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Vera Bradley taps former OfficeMax exec to head e-commerce, omnichannel efforts

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Accessories retailer Vera Bradley has named former OfficeMax executive Thomas R. Giacalone as VP e-commerce.

"Growing our e-commerce business is a critical piece of our five-year strategic plan, and we are very fortunate to have someone of Tom Giacalone’s background and caliber join Vera Bradley to lead this important function," said CEO Robert Wallstrom.

Giacalone will be in charge of setting the strategic and tactical direction for verabradley.com and all of the digital operations associated with presenting the Vera Bradley brand on the Web. In an effort to grow Vera Bradley as an omnichannel company, he will collaborate with many partners on both the retail (direct) and wholesale (indirect) sides of the business to establish the course for the company’s enhanced digital strategy.

Since 2012, Giacalone has served as VP of omnichannel strategy and e-commerce operations for OfficeMax, where he led the omnichannel customer experience and drove operational efficiencies and revenue growth. Prior to that, he held various positions of increasing responsibility in stores, merchandising, operations and e-commerce with Sears Holdings, including the post of divisional VP/general manager of multichannel management.

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Build-A-Bear Workship adds new board member

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St. Louis — Build-A-Bear Workshop said that Michael Shaffer has been appointed to the company’s board of directors.

Shaffer, 51, will serve as chairman of the audit committee and a member of the nominating and corporate governance committee. He is executive VP, COO and CFO for New York-based PVH Corp. where he oversees the retail division, treasury, corporate finance, information technology, and logistics services.

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Michael Kors names Toys ‘R’ Us exec as VP operations

BY Dan Berthiaume

Hong Kong – Michael Kors Holdings Ltd. has named Cathy Marie Robinson as senior VP, global operations effective. Robinson has 24 years’ experience in operations, logistics and supply chain management at various retail companies, and since 2012 was senior VP, chief logistics officer at Toys “R” Us.

From 2010 to 2012, Robinson was the senior VP, supply, logistics and customer experience at The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P). Robinson began her career as a United States Army logistics officer and also held various logistics and operations positions at Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

“We are pleased that Marie will be joining our executive team,” said John D. Idol, chairman and CEO of Michael Kors. “Her significant experience managing global supply chain operations for large retail distribution networks, both brick-and-mortar and online, will be instrumental to us as we develop a world-class distribution network to meet the growing demand for our brand.”

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