Comings & Goings: July 2017

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Comings & Goings: July 2017

By Charlie Menchaca - 06/30/2017

Brand Marketers

Ralph Lauren, New York

Ralph Lauren hired Patrice Louvet to succeed Stefan Larsson as CEO, effective July 17. Louvet recently headed Procter & Gamble’s global beauty division. Larsson left Ralph Lauren after one year.

Hail Merry, Dallas

Fresh snacking brand Hail Merry appointed Eric Brown as chief financial officer, the first executive finance position in the company’s nine-year history. Brown previously served as vice president of finance for Aramark Healthcare Technologies. He held the same role for Frito-Lay Supply Chain.


Albertsons, Boise, Idaho

Karl Varsanyi joins as general vice president of digital product management, with responsibility for the digital experience – web, mobile app and in-store – for all brands and locations. Ramiya Iyer also joins Albertsons as GVP of IT digital and marketing/merchandising. She was previously VP of e-commerce with Levi’s and held various IT leadership roles at and

BJ’s Wholesale Club, Westborough, Massachusetts

Rafeh Masood fills the newly created role of senior vice president and chief digital officer. He will oversee the retailer’s e-commerce and omnichannel efforts, focusing on initiatives that drive sales, enhance convenience and showcase value to members. Masood previously served as VP of customer innovation technology at Dick’s Sporting Goods for four years, where he led the specialty store’s digital platforms.

In addition, Scott Kessler succeeds the retiring Peter Amalfi as executive VP and chief information officer of BJ’s, effective immediately. Kessler was most recently EVP and CIO at department store chain Belk.

Staples, Framingham, Massachusetts

Staples hired Michelle Bottomley to succeed Frank Bifulco as chief marketing officer. Bottomley is responsible for marketing across Staples as the retailer pivots strategy to focus on its North American delivery business. She will report directly to CEO and president Shira Goodman. Bottomley served as global chief marketing and sales officer at Mercer. Staples also named Brett Wahlin to the newly created role of chief information security officer. He is responsible for global enterprise-wide information, product and data security. Wahlin reports directly to chief technology officer Faisal Masud.

Walmart, Bentonville, Arkansas

Marybeth Hays, chief merchandising, marketing and supply chain officer at Walmart China, succeeded Scott Huff as executive vice president, consumables, health & wellness. Hays previously was senior vice president for both the home and ladies’ apparel divisions for Walmart U.S. She joined the company in 2009 as senior vice president of home, apparel, jewelry and seasonal at Sam’s Club.

Whole Foods, Austin, Texas

Whole Foods named Keith Manbeck executive vice president and chief financial officer. He replaced Glenda Flanagan, who retired after 29 years with the retailer. Manbeck joins Whole Foods from Kohl’s, where he has served as senior VP of digital finance, strategy management and business transformation since 2014.

Solution Providers

Modagraphics, Rolling Meadows, Illinois

Modagraphics hired Brian Leyden as director of retail sales. He will report to president and CEO Paul Pirkle. Leyden is the former owner of a commercial and retail printing company, which he sold in 2002 after servicing major local and corporate accounts.

Onyx Graphics, Salt Lake City

Lee Cormier, SanDisk OEM program manager, was appointed OEM partner manager with Onyx Graphics. He is responsible for developing and growing business relationships with global device manufacturers and key partners. Prior to SanDisk, Lee was strategic marketing manager at Symantec and served in progressive marketing and management positions at Intel.

Spar Group, White Plains, New York

The company is in search of a CEO after top leader Scott Popaditch resigned after nine months. Chief operating officer Kori Belzer is serving as interim CEO while the board of directors searches for a replacement.

Women’s Marketing, Westport, Connecticut

Raquel Klugman was named senior vice president, beauty, to lead a team focused on growing brands through a full-funnel media strategy and marketing services. Klugman joins Women’s Marketing from Butter London, following an extensive career in beauty, which launched at Tarte Cosmetics. She also worked for six years at L’Oreal.

VideoMining, State College, Pennsylvania

Mike Burkenbine was appointed senior vice president, retail solutions. Burkenbine brings 20 years of experience in market research and the c-store industry to VideoMining. Throughout his career, he has helped brands glean actionable consumer insights from syndicated and custom research while working with manufacturers, brands and retailers including Kellogg’s, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Mars and Disney.

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