Welcome to this week's Chutes & Ladders, our roundup of hirings and firings throughout the industry. Please send the good word—or the bad—from your shop to Drew Woolley at [email protected] and we will feature it here at the end of each week.
> Abercrombie & Fitch announced that Mike Jeffries will retire as CEO and a member of the board of directors, effective immediately. Jeffries' role will be filled by multiple executives, chief among them Arthur Martinez, currently non-executive chairman of the board, who will become executive chairman. The board has also established an office of the chairman, which will include Martinez, COO Jonathan Ramsden, Abercrombie & Fitch brand president Christos Angelides and Hollister brand president Fran Horowitz. Story
> Walgreens announced that CEO and President Greg Wasson will retire after the completion of the Alliance Boots merger's second phase, scheduled to conclude with a shareholder vote on Dec. 29. After Wasson's retirement, Walgreens Chairman James Skinner will take over as Walgreens Boots Alliance's executive chairman while Stefano Pessina, executive chairman of Alliance Boots and member of the Walgreens board, will serve as acting CEO until the board selects a successor. William Foote will also serve as the lead independent director of the Walgreens Boots Alliance board of directors. Story
> David Dillon, Kroger's chairman of the board who led the retailer's leadership team in developing its customer first strategy, announced he will retire on Dec. 31 after 38 years with the company. Dillon has served as chairman since 2004, and held several executive positions with Kroger and Dillons Companies after their merger in 1983. Kroger's board elected CEO Rodney McMullen to take over as chairman, effective Jan. 1. Press release
> Price Chopper's parent company Golub Corp. announced that Leo Taylor has been named to the position of SVP of human resources and will report directly to Scott Grimmett, executive VP and COO. Taylor will oversee teammate relations, talent management, training, human resources information systems, compensation, benefits and communication for the chain. He has 25 years of experience, most recently as COO for Dunkin' Donuts, and has also worked with TopBuildingJobs.com, Pulte Homes, Aetna and Frito Lay. Story
> Walmart announced that Judith McKenna has been promoted to COO for Walmart U.S. She fills the position for Gisel Ruiz, who has been named executive VP of Walmart's International People Division. Both changes are effective immediately. McKenna will continue to report to Greg Foran, Walmart U.S president and CEO. Ruiz will report to Walmart International president and CEO David Cheesewright, and will serve as a member of his leadership team and Walmart's Global People leadership team. Story