Comings and Goings: August 2018

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Comings and Goings: August 2018

By Institute Staff - 07/16/2018


Merrick Pet Care, Amarillo, Texas

Daniel Warhaftig, former MillerCoors senior marketing manager – emerging brands, was named Merrick Pet Care director of customer marketing. He builds brands at retail by connecting with shoppers for long-term growth while driving incremental performance and profitability.

Post Holdings, St. Louis

Howard Friedman, formerly executive vice president of Kraft Heinz’s meat and dairy business, was named president and CEO of Post Consumer Brands. He succeeds Chris Neugent, who was named executive vice president, strategy, for Post Holdings. Neugent works with Post’s business units to develop strategic plans and competitive advantages based on his success with Post Consumer Brands.

Revlon, New York

Chief operating officer Debra Perelman was promoted to become the company’s first female CEO. She is focused on enhancing Revlon’s consumer and customer-focused approach of personalization, inclusion, usability and passion for beauty. She is responsible for driving Revlon’s efforts to further innovate through technology, enhance its iconic brand portfolio and invest in e-commerce as a growth driver.


Ace Hardware, Oak Brook, Illinois

John Tovar, former GameStop vice president of merchandising, was named Ace Hardware vice president of retail operations and new business. Tovar brings more than 15 years of experience in the retail industry, including leadership roles with Home Depot and 24 Hour Fitness. He will report to John Surane, executive vice president of merchandising, retail operations, business to business, and Ace Wholesale Holdings.

Best Buy, Richfield, Minnesota

Former CVS Health chief digital and technology officer Brian Tilzer was named Best Buy chief digital officer. He succeeds Bala Subramanian, who left the company after six years to join AT&T as chief digital officer. Tilzer leads all of Best Buy’s information technology and digital operations to support its 2020 growth strategy.

Lowe’s, Mooresville, North Carolina

Lowe’s is searching for a chief financial officer to succeed Marshall Croom, who will retire on Oct. 5 after 21 years with the company. The hardware retailer has retained an executive search firm to find his replacement. Croom will remain with the company until his retirement to provide a transition period for the new hire. Croom joined Lowe’s in 1997 as an assistant treasurer and held several leadership positions including senior vice president, merchandising and store support, as well as senior vice president of finance.

Petco, San Diego

Ron Coughlin, former HP president of personal systems, was named Petco CEO. Coughlin is a consumer products and technology industry veteran with more than 15 years of corporate-level experience at HP and PepsiCo.

Publix, Lakeland, Florida

Dain Rusk, former Albertsons Cos. group vice president of pharmacy operations, was named Publix vice president of pharmacy. Rusk oversees pharmacy retail operations and the pharmacy retail business unit, including pharmacy central fill, specialty pharmacy, managed care programs, and collaboration efforts with hospitals and health care centers. He will report to executive vice president and chief financial officer David Phillips.

Sam’s Club, Bentonville, Arkansas

Walmart chief marketing officer Tony Rogers has taken on the new role of Sam’s Club chief member officer. He will work with a membership database for the first time and plans to develop new services or products to improve the consumer experience.


Catalina, St. Petersburg, Florida

Catalina named Wes Chaar its chief data and analytics officer. In the new role, Chaar oversees Catalina’s global efforts to extend the power of shopper data and insights to bring greater value to hundreds of millions of shoppers worldwide, while increasing the efficiency, predictability and responsiveness of retailer and brand marketing initiatives. Chaar previously served as senior vice president of analytics, data and decision sciences at Turner Broadcasting System.

Liquidus, Chicago

Triad Retail Media and Yahoo veteran Elliot Bell was named Liquidus’ chief revenue officer. His work involves building a team to scale customer success through greater consumer engagement. Bell tackles one of the industry’s biggest challenges of efficiently creating personalized and relevant messaging through the company’s proprietary ad technology.

WS Packaging Group, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Mark Roy, former Elopak Americas vice president of sales, marketing and supply chain, was named WS Packaging chief commercial officer. He focuses on driving company growth, including oversight of sales, marketing, account management, customer services, strategy and business development.

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