Vestar Development Co. Hires VP of Marketing
Arizona’s leading retail developer has drafted marketing all-star Denise Hart to lead its national efforts.
Hart joins Vestar as the VP of marketing, and will oversee the public relations, advertising, promotions and sponsorship activities for the company’s retail destinations, including both properties Vestar owns and those it manages. She boasts more than 20 years experience in retail, tourism and sponsorships.
She was most recently the director of marketing for Arizona Mills, where she directed advertising and promotional activities for the super regional shopping destination. Previously she held posts with Nike, Marriott and Host Communications in Oregon, Texas and Arizona.
She also serves as the incoming chair for the Tempe Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors.
In Hart’s new position, she will oversee the marketing staff and programs for Tempe Marketplace, Desert Ridge Marketplace, Canyon Trails Marketplace, Happy Valley Towne Center, Sundance Towne Center, Lake Pleasant Towne Center and numerous other regional retail destinations.
Shoppertrak Appoints President and CEO
ShopperTrak, the world’s leading provider of retail intelligence solutions and services, today announced the appointment of Christopher Ainsley to the position of president and CEO.
As president and CEO, Ainsley will draw on his expertise guiding the growth of international companies to accelerate ShopperTrak’s ongoing expansion, positioning it for long-term success as the retail industry’s clear leader in strategic intelligence and information products. Additionally, he will be responsible for leading all aspects of the company’s day-to-day operations as they relate to revenue growth and company direction.
Ainsley comes to ShopperTrak from The Patent Board, Chicago, where he served as president and CEO since January 2007. In that position, he successfully transitioned the company from a consultancy to a business model of online tools and analytical products.
He previously served for two years as senior VP of global strategy and business development for New York-based LexisNexis, where he was responsible for all strategic, acquisition and divestiture activities for the $2.5 billion company.
Prior to joining LexisNexis Ainsley served for more than three years as president and CEO of Chicago-based Wolters Kluwer Health, one of three international divisions of Wolters Kluwer NA, the global business publisher headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Ainsley is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Leander Club of Henley-on-Thames, and the Racquet Club. He is a resident of Wilmette, Ill.
Hot Topic Names COO
San Francisco Hot Topic Inc. on Monday named Jerry Cook COO of the company and Michael Crooke as president of the Hot Topic division.
Cook will continue to oversee operational support functions for Hot Topic while Crooke will be responsible for the Hot Topic brand, including music, merchandising, and marketing.