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Home Depot exec to head up tech at sporting goods giant

BY Marianne Wilson

Dick’s Sporting Goods has named Paul Gaffney as chief technology officer, effective Nov. 20.

Gaffney joins Dick’s from The Home Depot, where he most recently served as the senior VP of information technology. He was responsible for the organization’s software engineering, user-centered design and applications, and for leading their digital revolution, inspiring the engineering team to deliver customer focused software. At Home Depot, Gaffney will be responsible for the company’s technology, including infrastructure, e-commerce platforms and new and evolving digital platforms.

“Paul is joining the company at a critical time as we’re evolving every day through our digital transformation efforts,” said Edward W. Stack, chairman & CEO. “Paul’s experience will make an immediate impact on the company and we’re thrilled to welcome him to the Dick’s family.”

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Toys ‘R’ Us appoints company veteran as executive VP, general counsel

BY CSA STAFF

The nation’s largest toy retailer named a 10-year company veteran to the position of executive VP and general counsel.

Effective immediately, James Young will be responsible for the retailer’s nearly 15 in-house lawyers and paralegals, as well as any outside counsel activities. He will be a member the company’s Leadership Team, and will also join the Toys “R” Us Children’s Fund Board.

Young will report directly to company chairman and CEO Dave Brandon.

Young is a 10-year veteran of the Toys “R” Us Legal division, and has “deep experience and working knowledge” of the company’s capital structure, finance and business operations. During his tenure, Young has worked on projects ranging from contract negotiations to mergers and acquisitions and corporate compliance. He has served as assistant corporate secretary and was responsible for overseeing the company’s SEC reporting obligations.

“This is a critical time for the company, not only because we are entering the ever-important Holiday season, but as we navigate and eventually emerge from the restructuring process,” said Brandon. “In addition to demonstrating tremendous legal acumen, Jamie has proven himself to be a passionate, positive leader who has earned the confidence of our senior most leaders, legal advisors and business partners. I could not be more thrilled to have him join my Leadership Team.”

Prior to joining the company, Young was corporate counsel for Cytec Industries, Inc. in West Paterson, New Jersey. Before that, he was an associate at Reed Smith LLP.

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Hudson’s Bay names chief marketing officer

BY Marianne Wilson

Hudson’s Bay Company has appointed a veteran retailer to be its chief marketer.

HBC named Milton Pappas as chief marketing officer, effective immediately. Pappas will lead the company’s “marketing center of excellence,” charged with executing the marketing strategies of HBC’s North American retail businesses, which include Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Off 5th and Gilt.

The retailer created the marketing COE earlier this year to centralize all-channel marketing development across all its North American retail businesses. It operates as an in-house agency and supports the execution of each business’s distinct marketing strategy with comprehensive campaigns that leverage best practices across the organization.

Pappas joined HBC in 2016 as senior VP, digital marketing. He has served as interim chief marketing officer since June 2017.

Pappas joined HBC from New York & Company where he served as chief digital oficer. Prior to that, he held senior leadership roles in marketing, digital and e-commerce at Nine West Group, Toys“R”Us, Inc. and Redcats USA.

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