Comings & Goings: April 2017

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Comings & Goings: April 2017

By Charlie Menchaca - 04/01/2017

Brand Marketers

Hickory Harvest Foods, Akron, Ohio

Dan Wolak was named quality manager and will oversee the company’s food safety programs. He has more than 25 years of quality control and environmental compliance experience in various roles at PepsiCo and Shearer’s Foods.

The Hershey Co., Hershey, Pennsylvania

Todd Tillemans will join Hershey on April 3 as president of the company’s flagship U.S. business including core confection, its expanding portfolio across snacking, and its sales and go-to-market teams. He most recently served as president, U.S. customer development, at Unilever.

Ralph Lauren, New York

Jonathan Bottomley was appointed to the newly created role of chief marketing officer, effective April 3. He most recently was chief strategy officer at Virtue Worldwide.


Barneys, New York

Chief operating officer Daniella Vitale succeeded Mark Lee as CEO. Vitale and Lee, now executive chairman, will both report to owner Richard Perry.

Destination XL Group, Canton, Massachusetts

Sahal Laher was named senior vice president, chief digital and information officer. The former Brooks Brothers executive reports to CEO David Levin and is the principal architect and leader of the company’s digital commerce strategies and IT operations.

Wakefern Food Corp., Keasbey, New Jersey

Chris Skyers was promoted to vice president of corporate merchandising. Skyers, an 18-year veteran of the company, most recently served as vice president of health and beauty care.

Walgreens, Deerfield, Illinois

Linda Filler, president of retail products and chief merchandising officer, has left the company after a little more than two years. She has agreed to act in a strategy advisory capacity. Chief information officer Abhi Dhar also stepped down and plans to launch and act as CEO of an online retailer marketing services company.

Solution Providers

Foresight ROI, Chicago

Greg Banks was named chief operating officer. He previously held roles at Deloitte and Omnicom and is a longtime adviser for the Marketing Accountability Standards Board.

Lippe Taylor, New York

Paul Dyer was named president and will head the development of a creative communications agency model. He previously served in various digital roles at W20 Group, where he built the agency’s analytics and social media capabilities. Other recent hires include chief creative officer Jayne Whitmer and chief digital officer Fred Gerantabee.

Spar Group, White Plains, New York

Gerard Marrone was appointed senior vice president, sales and marketing. He has 30 years of experience in marketing services, experiential marketing, e-commerce big box retail and professional sports as a general manager.

Women’s Marketing, Westport, Connecticut

Brandon Heagle was appointed chief digital officer as part of the agency’s ongoing expansion into marketing strategy, digital consulting and advanced analytics. He spent the last 15 years building performance-based agency Flying Point Digital, specializing in retail and e-commerce. As CEO, he led Flying Point through the acquisition process with Women’s Marketing in 2015. He also is an active adviser to insights company Cross Pixel.