EDENS Names New Chief Operating Officer

Bethesda, Md. — EDENS, one of the nation's largest owners and developers of community shopping centers, has appointed Rob Wyant as chief operating officer. He brings over 30 years of experience in the retail real estate industry, with most of his career spent at General Growth and Westfield. 

Lumber Liquidators Appoints CEO

Toano, Va. — Lumber Liquidators’ board of directors has appointed John M. Presley as chief executive officer, effective November 16, 2015. He succeeds Thomas D. Sullivan, the company's founder, who has served as acting CEO since May 21, 2015. 

99 Cents Only Stores Names New CFO

City of Commerce, Calif. — 99 Cents Only Stores LLC has appointed Felicia Thornton as its chief financial officer and treasurer. Thornton has extensive executive experience in retail, and particularly in the grocery store industry, having served in senior leadership positions at DSM, Inc., Albertsons and The Kroger Company.

Gander Mountain Promotes 4 Executives, Hires 2 More

St. Paul, Minn. — Outdoors retailer Gander Mountain has promoted Derek Siddons, executive vice president and chief operating officer, to president. Siddons’ new post will be effective on the retirement of the company’s current president, Michael J. Owens, on October 31, 2015.

Gander Mountain Promotes 4 Executives, Hires 2 More

St. Paul, Minn. — Outdoors retailer Gander Mountain has promoted Derek Siddons, executive vice president and chief operating officer, to president. Siddons’ new post will be effective on the retirement of the company’s current president, Michael J. Owens, on October 31, 2015.

DWM Promotes Katie Whitt to VP of Strategic Accounts

Latham, N.Y. — DWM Facilities Maintenance has promoted Katie Whitt to the newly created vice president of strategic accounts position. Whitt formerly held the position of national sales director from 2000-2015. Whitt will be responsible for strategic operations, business development and overall portfolio management for the company's national accounts.

Academy Sports + Outdoors Names President and CEO

Katy, Texas — Academy, Ltd. d/b/a Academy Sports + Outdoors, a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer, has named James Kevin “J.K.” Symancyk as president and CEO, effective November 2, 2015. Previously, he was president of Meijer Inc.

PetSmart Appoints Senior Vice President and CFO

Phoenix — PetSmart, Inc. has named Rob Anderson to the position of senior vice president and chief financial officer, effective October 5, 2015. He brings more than 25 years of financial experience, most recently serving as CFO for Save-A-Lot, a $4.8 billion discount grocery chain.

Kroger Names President of Delta Division

Cincinnati — The Kroger Co. has promoted Scot Hendricks to president of Kroger's Delta division, effective October 1. Kroger's Delta division is based in Memphis, Tenn., and operates stores in Western Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Arkansas and Missouri.

SMS Assist Hires Chief Revenue Officer

Chicago — SMS Assist, an innovative mobile and cloud-based multisite property management company, has hired one of Oracle’s top sales executives, Matt Renner, to help round out the company’s C-suite as chief revenue officer.

REI Promotes 25-Year Veteran To Vice President of Retail

Seattle — REI has promoted Rachel Ligtenberg to vice president of retail following a 25-year tenure with the co-op. In her new role, she adds retail operations to her current responsibilities of leading store design, visual merchandising and the co-op's flagship strategy.

99 Cents Only Stores Names President & CEO

City of Commerce, Calif. — 99 Cents Only Stores LLC has hired Geoffrey Covert to join the company as president and chief executive officer. Covert was selected by the board of directors for his extensive senior leadership experience in the grocery retail sector, having most recently served as a senior vice president at The Kroger Company, one of the world's largest food retailers.

Kroger Appoints Executive Vice Presidents

Cincinnati — The Kroger Co. has appointed four executive vice presidents to lead key lines of business, including Mike Donnelly (EVP of merchandising); Chris Hjelm (EVP and CIO); Fred Morganthall (EVP of retail operations); and Mike Schlotman (EVP and CFO).

Steton Technology Group Appoints President & CEO

Salt Lake City — The board of directors of Steton Technology Group, Inc., a market leader in performance management solutions, has appointed Frank Maylett as the company’s president and chief executive officer, effective September 21, 2015. He succeeds Martin Tidwell, who will depart the role on the same date.

Francesca's Chief Merchandising Officer To Resign

Houston — Sei Jin Alt, chief merchandising officer of Francesca's Holdings Corporation, plans to resign from the company to spend more time with her family and pursue other interests. The company has initiated a search for a new chief merchandising officer. To facilitate a smooth transition, Alt will remain in her current role until November 20, 2015.

BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. Appoints President & COO

Westborough, Mass. — BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. (BJ's) has named Christopher J. Baldwin as president and chief operating officer, effective September 8, 2015. Baldwin will have responsibility for business operations including merchandising, logistics, membership, marketing and club operations and will also join BJ's board of directors.

Continuum Services Names 
Chief Operating Officer



Southfield, Mich. — Continuum Services, a single-source, full-service building maintenance and facility services company, has hired Dan Ringo as chief operating officer (COO). Continuum is an affiliated company of REDICO, a national real estate development, investment, construction and property management company.

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