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CVS Pharmacy names president

BY David Salazar

CVS Pharmacy has tapped an insider as its new leader.

Kevin Hourican has been appointed president of CVS Pharmacy. He succeeds Helena Foulkes, who left the company to become CEO of Hudson’s Bay Company in February. Hourican had been serving as president while the company looked for a successor.

Hourican joined CVS Health in 2012, and most recently served as executive VP, retail pharmacy, CVS Pharmacy. Before that, he was CVS Pharmacy’s senior VP of operations for the East division. Prior to CVS, he held leadership positions at Macy’s and Sears Roebuck.

“We’re pleased to have Kevin at the helm of CVS Pharmacy,” CVS Health COO Jon Roberts said. “He has a proven track record of bringing innovative new programs and services to our patients and a strong ability to lead our retail pharmacy team. We believe that Kevin will bring his extensive consumer and retail skills to our front store business as well and I have no doubt he will be able to further transform our stores to become the front door of health care for consumers, patients and caregivers.”

CVS Pharmacy operates nearly 10,000 pharmacies in 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In his new role, Hourican will lead the CVS Pharmacy team in delivering innovative health solutions to create a simpler, more responsive, and affordable experience for consumers, the company said.

Hourican assumes leadership as CVS Health is in the midst of its pending acquisition of health insurer Aetna.

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Hudson’s Bay taps another former CVS exec for a top position

BY Marianne Wilson

Several months after it named a drugstore veteran as its CEO, Hudson’s Bay has once again reached outside department store ranks to fill a key management position.

The department giant has appointed Bari Harlam as chief marketing officer, effective immediately. Milton Pappas, who was appointed to the position in November after serving as interim CMO since June, has left the company.

Harlam is the former senior VP of as senior VP of marketing at CVS Health, where she built and launched CVS/pharmacy’s ExtraCare program, the largest retail loyalty program in the world, according to HBC. In February, HBC tapped Helena Foulks, executive VP of CVS Health and president of CVS Pharmacy, as chief executive.

Most recently, Harlam served in senior marketing roles at BJ’s Wholesale, where she was senior VP of membership marketing and analytics, and Swipley, where she was chief marketing officer.

“Successful marketing is grounded in analytics and digital insights, and Bari has demonstrated an innate ability to translate this complex data into breakthrough strategies that put the customer first,” said Foulkes. “Bari is the ideal strategic leader to harness the power of our information to drive performance. Her experience will be incredibly valuable to our business as we work to reinvent the way we market and deliver unparalleled experiences to our customers across all channels.”

HBC’s banners across North America and Europe include Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Gilt, Saks OFF 5TH, Galeria Kaufhof, the largest department store group in Germany, and Belgium’s only department store group, Galeria INNO.

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Furniture retailer taps former Barnes & Noble head as CEO

BY Marianne Wilson

Art Van Furniture has appointed a veteran retailer as its next chief executive.

The Midwest furniture and mattress retailer said that Ronald Boire will join the company as its new president and CEO, effective April 30, 2018. He will succeed Kim Yost, who recently announced his retirement after nine years with the chain.

Boire comes to Art Van having previously served in senior executive positions, including president and CEO roles, at a wide variety of retail and consumer electronic companies, including Barnes & Noble (where he served as CEO from September 2015 to August 2016), Sony Electronics, Best Buy, Toys “R” Us, Brookstone, and Sears Canada.

Prior to joining Art Van, he was a principal at The Upland Group, an advisory firm specializing in the development, leadership, and execution of transformational strategies for retail and consumer product companies.

“We thank Kim [Yost] for the leadership and guidance he has provided to the company through this year of transition, and wish him well in his retirement,” said Jeff Swenson, managing director of Thomas H. Lee Partners, which acquired Art Van Furniture in 2017 for an estimated $550 million. “Looking ahead, we are thrilled with Ron’s decision to join Art Van. His deep expertise in retail management and extensive experience leading transformational and omnichannel strategies focused on delivering best-in-class customer experiences – both online and in stores – will be incredibly valuable as we build on a long and storied history of growth for the Art Van, Levin, and Wolf brands.”

Art Van Furniture operates 185 stores in nine under a variety of banners, including Art Van Furniture, Art Van PureSleep, Art Van Flooring, Scott Shuptrine Interiors, Levin Furniture, Wolf Furniture and Gardiner Wolf Furniture.

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