H-E-B gives digital exec a dual role
The growing importance of digital in grocery retailing is reflected in H-E-B’s newest appointment.
The supermarket retailer, which ranks as the largest private employer in Texas, has appointed Jag Bath to the newly created position of chief digital officer, overseeing all of the company’s digital products and services. Bath will continue in his current role as CEO of Favor Delivery, the on demand delivery service founded in 2013 that is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of H-E-B. In his dual role, Bath will report to H-E-B COO Martin Otto.
“Jag is a leading national figure in the digital space and this appointment reflects the central importance of building out H-E-B’s omnichannel service to meet customers’ evolving needs and expectations,” Otto said. “Our primary goal is to enable our customers to shop, pay for and receive their products in whatever way they choose – all while delivering an exceptional customer experience.”
H-E-B has been steadily increasing its digital presence. Its offerings include HEBtoyou Delivery and H-E-B Curbside, which is available in over 100 locations and is on track to reach 200 locations in 2018.
“I’m excited to take on this new role as we accelerate H-E-B’s efforts to become the digital industry leader in Texas,” said Bath. “The investment we are making is reflective of the importance of building out new digital products and services to complement H-E-B’s world-class brick-and-mortar stores.”
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Hudson’s Bay taps online retail exec as president of Lord & Taylor
It’s a homecoming of sorts for Vanessa LeFebvre.
Hudson’s Bay Company has appointed LeFebvre as president of its Lord & Taylor division, effective May 22. She joins the company from online subscription retailer Stitch Fix, where she served as VP and general merchandise manager of women’s.
LeFebvre spent the first 10 years of her career as a buyer and DMM at Lord & Taylor, going on to senior roles at several retailers, including Macy’s and TJX Companies. At Macy’s, LeFebvre was the principal architect of the company’s off-price Backstage division, which she built into a multi-concept operation, including store within store concepts, during her tenure. She left Macy’s in May 2017 to join Stitch Fix.
“Vanessa is a change agent with a track record of conceptualizing and building new lines of business,” said Helena Foulkes, CEO, HBC. “This, combined with her strong experience leading digitally-focused strategies and understanding of department store retailing, makes her the right person to lead Lord & Taylor into the future.”
LeFebvre, who will report directly to Foulkes, will succeed longtime Lord & Taylor exec Liz Rodbell, who announced her resignation in April.
“This is an exciting time to join Lord & Taylor as we evolve our model and merchandise assortment to best meet customer expectations and shopping preferences,” said LeFebvre. “Beginning my career in fashion and retail at Lord & Taylor, I have always had a passion for the brand. I am incredibly proud to return to my roots and thrilled about the opportunity to lead the Lord & Taylor organization.”
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Report: Toys ‘R’ Us execs are exiting early—with bonuses
A number of Toys “R” Us execs seem to be abandoning ship early.
The bankrupt retailer may still be in the process of liquidating its U.S. operations, however chief executive David Brandon and many of his top executives are expected to leave the company — with bonuses in hand — on Monday, May 14, according to The New York Post.
As the executives depart, thousands of hourly workers will be left to complete liquidation sales at hundreds of stores across the country. The last sales are expected to end in July.
The company’s spokeswoman Amy Von Walter said in the report, that Brandon and at least eight other senior executives, including CFO Michael Short, general counsel James Young and controller Charles Knight are leaving. They are among 1,159 employees who have either already left, or will soon leave the Wayne, N.J.-based headquarters.
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Just amazing that management and middle management get bonuses for not achieving the success of growth. Many lose their jobs and the execs take the limo home on the last day of the company's exist. WRONG! Do not Achieve you lose !!!