Comings and Goings: July 2018

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Comings and Goings: July 2018

By Institute Staff - 06/12/2018


Campbell Soup Co., Camden, New Jersey

Campbell Soup board member Keith McLoughlin became interim CEO after Denise Morrison resigned from the company’s top post. McLoughlin also will remain a board member to facilitate the transition in management. In addition, former SC Johnson vice president of North America marketing Roberto Leopardi was named president, Campbell Meals and Beverages. Leopardi leads the division that includes Campbell’s North American soup, sauces and shelf-stable beverages brands, as well as Pacific Foods and Plum.

Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta

Experienced shopper marketing executive Tammy Brumfield was named assistant vice president, shopper marketing, for the West region at Coca-Cola. Brumfield was previously senior vice president, retail marketing services, at The Mars Agency, where she led nine U.S. offices and more than 50 retail marketing professionals in the development of shopper marketing strategy. Prior to joining The Mars Agency, Brumfield spent 13 years with Conagra Brands, where she became senior director, shopper marketing, and eventually vice president, shopper marketing.

Starbucks, Seattle

Linh Peters, former Ulta Beauty senior director, loyalty marketing and strategy, joined Starbucks as vice president, digital program strategy and innovation. She has more than 19 years of experience, including stints at SpartanNash, Target and Best Buy.


Ahold Delhaize, Zaandam, The Netherlands

JJ Fleeman was named the president and chief e-commerce officer of Peapod Digital Labs, Ahold Delhaize USA’s latest entity to drive digital and e-commerce innovation, technology and experience. Fleeman’s most recent role was as executive vice president, commercial services and strategy for Ahold Delhaize USA’s recently established support services company, Retail Business Services. Earlier, he was chief strategy and development officer for Delhaize America, and played a key role as the global integration and program leader during the Ahold-Delhaize merger. He also spearheaded the creation of a digital center of excellence at Delhaize America.

Albertsons Cos., Boise, Idaho

Albertsons Cos. appointed former Kohl’s executive officer Gautam Kotwal as its first executive vice president and chief data and analytics officer. In the newly created role, Kotwal will lead Albertsons’ innovation efforts to drive value, create competitive differentiation and design individualized shopper experiences across platforms. Kotwal will be based at the company’s campus in Pleasanton, California, and report to Jim Donald, Albertsons president and chief operating officer. Kotwal joined Kohl’s in 2012 as director of innovation and was named director of innovation and data science from there.

H-E-B, San Antonio

H-E-B named Favor CEO Jag Bath its chief digital officer, a newly created role in which he oversees all of the company’s digital products and services while still leading Favor Delivery, which became an H-E-B subsidiary earlier this year. Reporting to H-E-B chief operating officer Martin Otto, Bath will work to accelerate the San Antonio-based grocer’s efforts to become the Lone Star State’s “digital industry leader.”

Lowe’s, Mooresville, North Carolina

Home Depot veteran and current JCPenney CEO Marvin Ellison will leave that company this year to hold the same position at Lowe’s, effective July 2. Ellison succeeds Robert Nibolock, who previously announced his retirement in March. Ellison joined JCPenney in 2014 and implemented a turnaround strategy to improve the company’s balance sheet, increase store productivity, optimize operations and grow key categories. Before that, he spent 12 years in senior-level operations roles with Home Depot where he served as executive vice president of U.S. stores.

PetSmart, Phoenix

Former Academy Sports + Outdoors CEO J.K. Symancyk took the same position at PetSmart. The appointment ended PetSmart’s long search for a replacement for former CEO Michael Massey, who resigned in August 2017 after two years at the retailer. Symancyk spent two years as president of Meijer, leading the mass merchant’s expansion into Wisconsin. 


Shopkick, Redwood City, California

Chethan Visweswar was named Shopkick chief technology officer. He will report directly to Shopkick CEO Bill Demas. With more than 20 years of experience in Silicon Valley building large scale enterprise SaaS applications, Visweswar brings deep knowledge in software development, mobile applications and customer adoption for travel, loyalty and enterprise companies. In addition to senior roles at Deem and Coupa, Visweswar has held engineering and product roles at Merced Systems, HP-aquired Outerbay Technologies, WebVan and Wipro Technologies.

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