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Overstock.com exec joins Dick’s Sporting Goods

BY Marianne Wilson

Dick’s Sporting Goods has tapped a retail veteran as head up e-commerce and supply chain integration.

The retailer has named Vidya Jwala as chief e-commerce and supply chain officer. He will be responsible for the company’s digital integration of e-commerce and supply chain efforts.

Vidya joins Dick’s from Overstock.com, where he most recently served as senior VP of merchandising, supply chain, technology & customer service. Prior to joining Overstock in fall 2016, he was VP of merchandising & operations at Walmart Stores, where he held a variety of multi-channel roles in merchandising, supply chain, sourcing and operations in the U.S., Brazil, and Asia.

Vidya also held a variety of senior leadership roles at other key retailers, including Tractor Supply Company and Lowe’s.

“As we continue to add new digital technology to our organization, Vidya will ensure that our e-commerce capabilities and supply chain serves as a key differentiator, enhancing our customer service efforts,” said Laruen Hobart, president Dick’s. “His experience will be critical in our digital transformation, and we are thrilled to welcome him to the Dick’s family.”

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CVS Health exec to head up finance for home décor superstore

BY Marianne Wilson

At Home Group has appointed a new finance head.

The fast-growing value home-décor retailer named Jeffrey R. Knudson as CFO, effective Sept. 28. He succeeds Judd Nystrom, who is leaving At Home to explore other “early-stage growth opportunities,” the company said.

Knudson is currently senior VP, finance and retail controller at CVS Health. Previously, he served as VP of finance and accounting at CVS Caremark, director, treasury/mergers and acquisitions at Limited Brands, and previously director, mergers and acquisitions, at Express Scripts,

“Jeff’s strong finance and accounting experience and impressive track record at major retail and consumer companies will add considerable depth to the strong financial team we have in place,” said Lee Bird, chairman and CEO, At Home. “With 167 stores today and a long runway of growth ahead, we are excited to have Jeff on board to help drive the continued achievement of our strategic objectives.”

Commenting on Knudson’s departure, Bird said that he has been an integral part of At Home’s successful transition “from a privately held organization with less than 60 stores and $364 million in revenue, to a thriving public company that has nearly tripled in size.”

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Big Lots names apparel exec as CEO

BY Marianne Wilson

Tailored Brands’ loss is Big Lots’ gain.

Big Lots Inc. has named Bruce K. Thorn, 51, as president and CEO. He succeeds David Campisi, who retired in April.

Thorn was most recently the president and COO of Tailored Brands, whose brands include Men’s Wearhouse, Jos. A. Bank, and Joseph Abboud. Following a transition period with Tailored Brands, Thorn is expected to formally take the reins of Big Lots at the end of September, at which time he will also be appointed as a director to fill the vacancy created at the time of Campisi’s retirement.

Thorn joined Tailored Brands in 2015 as executive VP and COO. Prior to that, he held various enterprise level roles with PetSmart since 2007, most recently as executive VP, store operations, services and supply chain. He also held leadership positions with Gap, Cintas Corp, LESCO, and The United States Army.

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