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Walgreens shuffles Daily Living execs

BY Dan Berthiaume

Deerfield Park, Ill. – Walgreens is shaking up its Daily Living organization by shuffling the roster of key marketing and merchandising executives. These promotions and appointments, effective Oct. 1, accompany the appointment of Alex Gourlay, chief executive of Alliance Boots Health and Beauty Division, as Walgreens executive VP, president of customer experience and daily living.

Reporting to Walgreens president and CEO Greg Wasson, Gourlay will lead the enhanced Walgreens Daily Living organization overseeing U.S. merchandising, marketing, customer insights, customer experience and daily living products and promotions.

Today’s announcement includes a number of promotions and expansion of leadership roles of Walgreens Daily Living and Merchandising executives:

  • Bryan Pugh becomes corporate VP, U.S. merchandising program development & execution.
  • Moe Alkemade becomes group VP, global sourcing.
  • Shannon Curtin is promoted to group VP and general merchandise manager, beauty.
  • Robert Tompkins is promoted to group VP and general merchandise manager, health and wellness.
  • Jim Jensen becomes divisional VP and general merchandise manager, seasonal and general merchandise.
  • Beth Stiller is promoted to group VP, category planning, formats & innovation.
  • Linda Severin, formerly of Kroger, where she led the redevelopment of its private brand portfolio, joins Walgreens as divisional VP, private brands.

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Hollister launches new online product with Keds

BY Dan Berthiaume

New Albany, Ohio — Hollister Co. is partnering with Keds to release an exclusive line that features signature Hollister patterns on Keds sneakers. Beginning Aug. 15, the exclusive Hollister + Keds sneakers will be available only at HollisterCo.com, but customers can view a display inside Hollister stores to see the new patterns.

"Flip-flops are currently the only footwear we sell in Hollister, so this partnership with Keds is a great opportunity for our brand," says Gillian Galner, group VP brand merchandising for Hollister parent Abercrombie & Fitch Co. "We’re really excited because Keds and Hollister are a natural fit. Both brands have a youthful, passionate fan base and Hollister’s Southern California inspired clothes look great styled with Keds sneakers."

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Transworld Entertainment appoints veteran exec to board

BY Dan Berthiaume

Albany, N.Y. — Veteran retail executive Martin Hanaka has been appointed to the board of directors of Trans World Entertainment. Hanaka recently was the interim CEO of Guitar Center, Inc. from January 2013 to April 2013.

Previously, Hanaka served as the chairman of Golfsmith International Holdings, Inc. from April 2007 to November 2012 and was the CEO from June 2008 to November 2012. From September 1998 to August 2003, Hanaka served as the CEO of The Sports Authority Inc. and served as chairman from November 1999 through June 2004. From August 1994 to October 1997, he served as the president and COO of Staples Inc. and served as a member of the board of directors.

He is currently a director of Guitar Center and has served on a dozen public and private boards of directors, including Trans World’s from 1998 through 2009. During his prior tenure on the company’s board, he served in various roles including presiding director and chairman of the compensation committee.

"Marty Hanaka brings extensive retail experience and a history of strong leadership to the company’s board of directors," said Robert J. Higgins, chairman and CEO of Trans World Entertainment. "His experience and knowledge makes him an important addition to our team. I am pleased to have Marty back on our board and look forward to working with him."

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