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GameStop names new CEO

BY Marianne Wilson

GameStop Corp. named a company veteran as its new chief executive.

The retailer appointed Michael K. Mauler as CEO, effective immediately. Mauler, who has been with the company for more than 16 years, previously served as executive VP and president of international, which consists of nearly 2,000 stores operating under the GameStop, EB Games, Micromania and Zing Pop Culture brands.

Mauler succeeds Paul Raines, who resigned from all duties at the company last week in order to focus on his health and family, according to reports. Raines had temporary stepped down as CEO in November to deal with the reoccurrence of a brain tumor. He was replaced on an interim basis by board member and GameStop co-founder Daniel A. DeMatteo, who previously served as CEO from August 2008 to June 2010.

“Mike has been part of the GameStop senior leadership team for many years, where he has played an integral role in creating and driving the blueprint of our diversification strategy, successfully managing our international operations, and growing our core business segments,” said DeMatteo. “We are fortunate to have such an accomplished leader, who has a thorough understanding of our operations, business strategy and our stakeholders, and is committed to strengthening our results and driving our company forward.”

Raines, who also resigned from the board of J.C. Penney last week, was named chief executive of GameStop in 2010. He had a cancerous tumor removed from his brain in 2014.

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Action-sports and lifestyle retailer names new CEO

BY Marianne Wilson

Boardriders Inc. has named a new chief executive following the loss of CEO Pierre Agnes last week in a boating accident.

Dave Tanner, current chief turnaround officer of Boardriders, will assume the role and responsibilities of CEO, effective immediately. As previously announced, Tanner had been scheduled to become CEO upon closing of the Billabong acquisition later this year. His appointment to CEO was a leadership transition that Agnes Pierre had fostered and strongly supported, the company said.

“We are all are grief stricken over the sudden and tragic loss of our friend Pierre Agnes,” Tanner said. “At the same time, we are resolute and passionately unified in our commitment to honor Pierre’s memory and extend his legacy by driving the continued resurgence and growth of Boardriders. I am humbled and honored to lead this storied and dynamic company into this next phase and will strive to uphold and foster the principles that have guided Quiksilver, Roxy and DC Shoes over many decades.”

Additionally, Thomas Chambolle, current global CFO, will assume the additional responsibilities of interim president of EMEA effective immediately. Greg Healy will remain global president and president of APAC.

Boardriders is also reaffirming its commitment to complete the acquisition of Billabong International Ltd. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2018.

The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2018.

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American Signature exec joins Big Lots as chief customer officer

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

Big Lots is looking to bolster customer engagement efforts with its newest appointment.

The company appointed Stephen Haffer as senior VP, chief customer officer. In his new role, Haffer will be responsible for customer engagement and messaging touch points, including marketing, advertising, brand development and e-commerce.

Prior to Big Lots, Haffer was an executive at American Signature, the parent company for Value City Furniture and American Signature Home stores. He spent his 25-year career with the company taking on roles that spanned marketing, e-commerce, information technology, and business development, leading up to his appointment as chief innovation officer in 2016.

Big Lots plans to leverage Haffer’s background as a marketing executive — especially his experience in e-commerce and customer engagement and acquisition — to help grow the business.

“We look forward to his leadership as we reposition our brand as a new kind of community retailer and execute the multi-year rollout of our Store of the Future initiative,” said James R. Chambers, non-executive chairman of the board for Big Lots.

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