Comings & Goings: June 2017

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Comings & Goings: June 2017

By Charlie Menchaca - 05/31/2017

Brand Marketers

Conagra Brands, Chicago

Mondelez International vice president, global platform innovation Barry Calpino was named Conagra vice president of innovation. He will be responsible for the direction and success of cross-functional teams made up of consumer insights, marketing, research and development, packaging and design. Calpino will report to chief growth officer Darren Serrao.

Etsy, New York

Former Skype and Evite CEO Josh Silverman was named Etsy CEO, succeeding nine-year veteran Chad Dickerson. VP of engineering Mike Brittain is serving as interim CTO until the company finds a replacement for John Allspaw.

General Mills, Minneapolis

President and chief operating officer Jeffrey Harmening was named CEO effective June 1. Harmening is a 23-year veteran of the company and succeeds Ken Powell, who will serve as chairman until he retires next year.


Albertsons, Boise, Idaho

Geoff White, Albertsons SVP of marketing and merchandising for the Northern California division, was appointed to the newly created position of president of own brands. The company also promoted Jewel-Osco president Mike Withers to EVP of retail operations and chief operating officer Wayne Denningham to the newly created role of company president.

Kohl’s Corp., Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

Best Buy chief marketing officer Greg Revelle has assumed the same role at Kohl’s. Revelle is responsible for the retailer’s marketing organization and overall marketing strategy, including the company’s focus on driving customer engagement through analytics, enhancing the loyalty platform, accelerating customer traffic and continuing to build its overall brand position. He will report directly to Michelle Gass, chief merchandising and customer officer.

Kroger, Cincinnati

The Little Clinic president Colleen Lindholz assumed president of pharmacy duties from Philecia Avery, who resigned earlier this month to pursue other interests. Lindholz, joined Kroger in 1995 and has held several leadership roles in pharmacy and human resources.

Target, Minneapolis

Chief innovation and strategy officer Casey Carl left the company after 20 years. He held a variety of roles in merchandising, negotiations, operations and digital. CEO Brian Cornell said the company will search for a replacement.

Solution Providers

IHL Group, Franklin, Tennessee

Kelly Sayre was named a retail/CPG analyst to broaden IHL’s coverage of the retail, e-commerce and consumer package goods IT market. Sayre also will take the lead in growing the company’s media marketing efforts.

The Mars Agency, Southfield, Michigan

FCB/RED senior vice president, group creative director Suzanna Bierwirth succeeded Jeff Stocker as chief creative officer. Stocker was promoted to global chief creative officer. Megan Harbold, an e-commerce marketing manager and Amazon business specialist at The Hershey Co., was named vice president, e-commerce, at the agency. CommerceHub paid search marketing manager Erik Kraft was named Mars’ senior manager, paid search.

PMMI, Reston, Virginia

Senior vice president Jim Pittas assumed the role of chief operating officer. As part of a planned succession, he will become president and CEO of the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, or PMMI, in May 2018 upon Charles Yuska’s retirement. Pittas is a 17-year veteran of the association.

PureRed-Ferrara, Atlanta

George Russell was appointed chief executive officer. With more than 30 years of experience in CPG and advertising, he has held leadership positions at Schick & Wilkinson Sword, Gillette and Duane Reade.

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