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Wayfair.com launches Inspiration Gallery

BY Staff Writer

Boston – Online home furnishings retailer Wayfair.com is launching Inspiration Gallery, a collection of interior design photography that is integrated with the company’s product selection to enable one-stop shopping. Currently in beta, Inspiration Gallery features photos with individual elements that automatically link to online product listings.

“We believe the Inspiration Gallery will transform the way people shop for their homes as they discover how easy it can be to achieve the home decorating looks they love, all in one place,” said Niraj Shah, CEO and co-founder of Wayfair.com.

Wayfair.com says it plans to offer thousands more design images and enhanced features in the Inspiration Gallery within the next few months.

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QVC names El-Rafey senior VP talent management

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West Chester, Pa. — QVC has named Mustafa El-Rafey to the position of senior VP talent management and rewards. In this role El-Rafey will report to Beth Rubino, executive VP of HR and workplace services, and will lead the development and implementation of a talent management and rewards strategy for QVC. Specifically, he will focus on attracting and retaining key talent, promoting development, performance and accountability, building leadership capabilities, and supporting careers.

Previously, El-Rafey served at Starbucks Coffee Company, where he spent two years as senior VP of talent management, responsible for creating an integrated talent management strategy. He also spent 20 years in various executive positions at Mars Inc.

"As QVC continues to expand into new global markets, Mustafa’s experience in building and implementing talent management strategies internationally across large, complex businesses makes him a tremendous asset to our team," said Rubino. "We pride ourselves on retaining the most talented people, our greatest asset, and we’re thrilled to welcome Mustafa to QVC."

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Lord & Taylor parent restructures executive management

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Toronto — Hudson’s Bay Co. said Tuesday it has changed the structure of its senior management, giving two highly regarded veteran retailers greater responsibilities. The company is moving current president Bonnie Brooks to the vice chairman seat and putting in Liz Rodbell – recently minted executive VP and chief merchant – as president. Both Brooks and Rodbell are highly regarded retail

The company, which owns the Hudson’s Bay banner as well as Lord & Taylor and Home Outfitters, said the transition will be completed by January 2014. Both Brooks and Rodbell will report to CEO Richard Baker, with Brooks serving in an advisory capacity to Baker and the board.

"This new structure will continue to drive our long-term growth strategy, as we build upon the company’s momentum toward revitalizing its banners and product offerings, and strengthening the customer experience," said Baker.

Rodbell, a 25+-year veteran of the company, was named to the executive VP/chief merchant position in February 2012, charged with integrating the Lord & Taylor and Hudson’s Bay banners.

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