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 
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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.

Lowe's Canada Names VP of Real Estate, Construction & Store Design

Toronto — Lowe's Canada has appointed Jeff Boyd as vice president, real estate, construction and store design, effective immediately. Boyd joined Lowe's in October 2007 and has played an instrumental role in the development of the company's real estate and construction function in Canada over the past 7 and a half years.

Cabela’s Inc. Makes Executive Transitions

Sidney, Neb. — Effective August 31, 2015, Brian J. Linneman, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer of Cabela’s Incorporated, will transition from his current position and become a strategic advisor to the company.

Hallmark Names New CFO

Kansas City, Mo. — Jim Shay has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer of Hallmark Cards, Inc. He will join Hallmark on September 8, 2015.

Petco Strengthens Leadership Team

San Diego — Petco has made several key leadership changes, including the addition of chairman responsibilities to CEO Jim Myers' role and naming Brad Weston president. Additionally, Steve Lossing has been promoted to senior vice president, operations. Lossing's previous role will be helmed by Rebecca Frechette, the company's new senior vice president, merchandising.

Foot Locker Names SVP and Chief Information Officer

New York City — Foot Locker, Inc., a New York-based specialty athletic retailer, has appointed Pawan Verma as senior vice president and chief information officer, effective August 10. Verma succeeds Peter Brown, who retired in April after 38 years with the company.

Paul Marciano Names Successor as Guess?, Inc. CEO

Los Angeles — Paul Marciano, co-founder and chief executive officer of Guess?, Inc., has named Victor Herrero as his successor and new CEO of Guess?, Inc. in August 2015. Paul Marciano will replace Maurice Marciano as executive chairman of the board and will continue serving as chief creative officer. Maurice Marciano will remain a director, and has been named chairman emeritus by the board of directors.

Sears Holdings Names New President

Hoffman Estates, Ill. — Sears Holdings has hired former Gymboree COO Joelle Maher as president and chief member officer for the Sears format. In this role, Maher will be responsible for developing the Shop Your Way® member-centric business strategy for the Sears format, managing the Sears P&L and aligning merchandising, marketing, pricing and selling with the needs of its members. 

Express, Inc. Promotes CFO

Columbus, Ohio — Express, Inc. has promoted Perry Pericleous to senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer. He will report to Matthew Moellering, executive vice president and chief operating officer.

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