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Dunkin’ Donuts taps former BJ’s exec for marketing role

BY Marianne Wilson

Dunkin’ Donuts has tapped a 20-year marketing veteran to head up its digital and loyalty marketing efforts.

The company announced the appointment of Stephanie Meltzer-Paul as VP, digital and loyalty marketing. She joins Dunkin’ Donuts after most recently serving as VP, member engagement and loyalty at BJ’s Wholesale Club. Previously, Meltzer-Paul was senior director of global loyalty marketing for Starwood Hotels & Resorts. She also served as director of marketing, loyalty & communications for American Express.

In her new role, Meltzer-Paul will lead the further development of Dunkin’s DD Perks loyalty platform, continue the expansion of its mobile ordering program, and further strengthen the brand’s strategic partnerships.

“Stephanie is a talented business leader who has excelled at delivering exponential customer growth, retention and revenue generation through best-in-class marketing strategies, and we are thrilled to have her head up our digital and loyalty marketing efforts,” said Tony Weisman, chief marketing officer, Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. “This is a very exciting time in the evolution of the Dunkin’ Donuts brand, and we believe Stephanie is exactly the right person to help us further engage with our customers, including building on the strength of our DD Perks program, one of the fastest growing loyalty programs in the quick-service restaurant industry.”

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Ferragamo exec joins Tapestry

BY Marianne Wilson

Stuart Weitzman, the upscale shoe brand owned by Tapestry (formerly Coach), is getting a new CEO.

Tapestry announced the appointment of Eraldo Poletto as CEO and brand president of Stuart Weitzman, effective April 30, 2018. He will succeed Wendy Kahn, who is leaving the company.

Poletto most recently held the role of CEO of Salvatore Ferragamo Sp.A. Prior to that, from 2010 until 2016, he was the CEO of Furla.

From 1997 to 2010, Poletto was at Retail Brand Alliance, parent company of Brooks Brothers, holding a series of senior leadership.

In his new role, Poletto will be responsible for all aspects of Stuart Weitzman globally. He will report to Victor Luis, Tapestry’s CEO.

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Big Lots CEO steps down

BY Marianne Wilson

Big Lots is on the hunt for a new chief executive.

The discounter announced the retirement of David Campisi as president, CEO and as a board member. The retailer said that Campisi, who had been on a medical leave of absence since December 2017, has decided to retire in order to focus fully on his health.

Campisi joined Big Lots as chief executive in May 2013.

“After considerable thought, I have decided that the best course of action – for both me personally and Big Lots as an organization – is for me to retire and focus fully on my health,” Campisi said.

The Big Lots board has started a formal search process to identify a permanent successor CEO and is in the process of retaining an executive search firm for assistance in identifying and reviewing both internal and external candidates. In the interim, Lisa M. Bachmann, executive VP, chief merchandising & operating officer, and Timothy A. Johnson, executive VP, chief administrative officer and CFO, will continue to work closely with the company’s executive leadership team and board to carry out Campisi’s executive responsibilities.

“On behalf of the board, I want to thank David for his years of dedicated service to Big Lots,” said Jim Chambers, non-executive chair of the board. “David has provided strong leadership during an important period in the Company’s history, and one of his lasting legacies will be the talented team that he developed at Big Lots.”

Big Lots, based in Columbus, Ohio, operates 1,416 stores in 47 states.

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