C-store chain names first-ever COO
Sheetz has made some changes to its executive organization.
The fast-growing, family-owned convenience store chain announced that executive VP of operations Travis Sheetz is advancing into the role of president and COO. He is the first COO in the 66-year history of the company. His brother, Joe Sheetz, will remain Sheetz’s CEO.
“The role of COO requires great business acumen, while also being in touch with our employees and our customers,” Joe Sheetz said. “Instrumental in driving record store sales while also ensuring a culture of total customer focus, Travis’ leadership will be invaluable in this new role.”
Sheetz also named Adam Sheetz, grandson of founder Bob Sheetz, and representing the company’s third generation, as its new VP of operations.
Based in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sheetz, operates over 580 store locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina.
Fast-fashion retailer makes a big commitment to inclusion
H&M has named its first head of inclusion & diversity for North America.
The fast-fashion company has appointed Ezinne Kwubiri for the newly created position. H&M created the new inclusion & diversity role to find ways to make an impact and further ensure that inclusion and diversity occurs at all levels, and in all areas of the talent lifecycle in its North American operations.
Kwubiri will work closely with Annie Wu, the company’s global leader of diversity and inclusiveness. However, she will report to the new president of H&M North America, Martino Pessina. Pessina, a 17-year veteran who has held a variety of leadership roles at H&M, including business controller and heading up global sales and expansion, oversees over 700 North American locations and more than 18,000 employees. He became president of H&M’s North America operations in September.
In her new role, Kwubiri will develop and implement a transformative strategy to make H&M an even more inclusive and diverse company in North America. She will lead the charge in how H&M thinks about, acts on, and achieves inclusion and diversity.
This includes, but is not limited to, championing key inclusion and diversity differentiators in the organization’s ability to attract, develop, retain and promote the best talent throughout North America. She must also ensure H&M’s global inclusion and diversity philosophy is fully-realized through an operationalized strategy, and consistent and regular evaluation of transparent results that enable the organization to hold itself accountable, track, measure and communicate its progress.
Prior to joining H&M, Kwubiri spent 11 years at Viacom in various roles, including operations and change management.
Victoria’s Secret nabs Tory Burch exec as new CEO
L Brands wasted no time in naming a new leader to replace Jan Singer, who resigned last week as CEO of Victoria’s Secret after two years on the job.
John Mehas was appointed CEO of Victoria’s Secret Lingerie, effective early 2019. He is currently president of women’s luxury apparel brand Tory Burch. Prior to that, he led Club Monaco, a Polo Ralph Lauren brand, for 13 years as president and CEO. Mehas gained his early retail and merchandising experience at The Gap and Bloomingdales.
Mehas will have his work cut out for at Victoria’s Secret as the retailer struggles with declining sales amid heavy competition from such brands as Aerie and Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty line and rising online players like ThirdLove. Victoria’s Secret’s overtly sexy image has come under fire for being tone deaf in today’s #metoo era, and the brand has also been called out for its lack of inclusivity and diversity.
“Our number one priority is improving performance at Victoria’s Secret Lingerie and Pink,” said L Brands chairman and CEO Leslie Wexner.
Wexner went on to say that the brand’s new leaders will be looking at “everything,” including marketing, brand positioning, internal talent, real estate portfolio and cost structure.
“Most importantly,” he added, “we are focused on our merchandise assortment – it all starts with the customer saying ‘I’ll take it.’ I am confident that, under John’s leadership, Victoria’s Secret Lingerie, the world’s leading lingerie brand, will continue to be a powerhouse and will deliver products and experiences that resonate with women around the globe.”