Dollar General’s Chief Merchandising Officer To Retire

by Katie Lee

Goodlettsville, Tenn. — Dollar General Corporation’s executive vice president and chief merchandising officer (CMO), James “Jim” W. Thorpe, will retire from Dollar General on April 15, 2017.

“Jim’s strong understanding of our core customer and passion for our business have been instrumental in driving innovation in our merchandising initiatives,” says Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer. “When Jim rejoined the company in 2015, we agreed upon a clear set of objectives for his tenure as CMO. As I knew he would, Jim has delivered on the merchandising strategies we identified as our highest priorities. I’m grateful for his contributions and wish Jim and his family the best in the future.”

Thorpe joined Dollar General in 2006 and served as its senior vice president and general merchandise manager until July 2012. He returned to Dollar General as executive vice president and CMO in August 2015. Prior to Dollar General, Thorpe served in merchandising leadership positions with Sears Holdings Corporation.

Dollar General has started a search for a successor and will consider both internal and external candidates for the job.

With 13,320 stores in 43 states as of February 3, 2017, Dollar General is among the largest discount retailers in the United States. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Dollar General Corporation

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