Chutes & Ladders: Alibaba appoints president; Rite Aid creates CEO of stores role

Welcome to this week's Chutes & Ladders, our roundup of hirings and firings throughout the industry. Please send the good wordor the badfrom your shop to Allison Moon and we will feature the news here at the end of each week.

> Michael Evans has been named president of Alibaba Group, responsible for leading and executing the international growth strategy outside of China. Evans will continue his role as a management member of the Alibaba Group Board. He has served as an independent director since Alibaba's initial public offering in September 2014. Now, Evans will be tasked with creating partnerships with key brands, retailers and product owners in Europe, the Americas and Asia to connect them with the 350 million consumers in China. Evans has 30 years of experience in global finance, including 20 years as partner at Goldman Sachs. His roles ranged from leadership positions in the securities and investment banking divisions, vice chairman, head of global growth markets, and chairman of Asia. Story

> Rite Aid created a new position—CEO of Rite Aid stores—and named Ken Martindale (left), Rite Aid president and COO, to fill the role. Martindale will continue filling the position of president for Rite Aid Corporation. Martindale joined Rite Aid first as senior exec-VP of merchandising, marketing and logistics in 2008. The drugstore chain also announced three internal, executive promotions. Jocelyn Konrad, formerly group VP of pharmacy services, was promoted to exec-VP of pharmacy, succeeding Robert Thompson, who is retiring in mid-September after 11 years at Rite Aid. David Abelman will move from senior VP of brand development and innovation to a newly created position: exec-VP of marketing. Lastly, Tony Montini's position, exec-VP of merchandising, will now add distribution, making Montini exec-VP of merchandising and distribution. Story

> JCPenney added two executives, one from The Home Depot and the other from Target, to its leadership team. Michael Amend is JCPenney's new exec-VP of omnichannel and Mike Robbins joins the company as senior VP of supply chain. The two will be responsible for increasing the power, reach and integration of JCPenney's omnichannel capabilities. Amend was previously Home Depot's VP of online, mobile and omnichannel, responsible for omnichannel initiatives such as the company's fulfillment options including buy online, pick up in-store; buy online, ship to store; and buy online, deliver from store. Robbins joins JCPenney after serving as senior VP of global supply chain and logistics for Target, where he worked for 13 years. Marie Lacertosa, JCPenney's current senior VP of supply chain, will retire after more than 30 years with the company. Story

Walgreens Boots Alliance announced Kimberly Scardino as senior VP, global controller and chief accounting officer. She joins Walgreens from American Express, where she served most recently as senior VP, business advisory controller and previously as senior VP and Americas controller. In total, she spent nearly 9 years at American Express in total, with other roles including VP of global head of SOX compliance and VP and chief accounting officer of American Express Credit Corp. Scardino's early career involved account positions at Credit Suisse Group, Lyondell Chemical Company and Arthur Andersen. At Walgreens, she will report to George Fairweather, exec-VP and global CFO. Press Release

> Jason Buechel is the newest member of Whole Foods Market's executive team after being promoted from global VP and CIO to exec-VP and CIO. He remains responsible for all aspects of information technology. "Jason has made significant contributions to improve our front- and back-end technology, and we believe it is essential for this vital element of our business to be represented at the executive decision-making level," said Glenda Flanagan, exec-VP and CFO of Whole Foods Market. Buechel joined Whole Foods in 2012 and launched several new IT platforms, such as Workday, One POS, the Affinity shopper rewards program and the delivery partnership with Instacart. Story

Xcel Brands' recently acquired C. Wonder brand has a new celebrity stylist as its creative director—Brad Goreski. C. Wonder is scheduled to launch on QVC in spring 2016 and Goreski will serve as C. Wonder's on-air personality. Goreski has a star-studded clientele list, including Jessica Alba, Demi Moore, Rashida Jones and Lea Michele. He has also worked with Kate Spade as an exclusive brand stylist for the past several years. C. Wonder's new creative director is also a panelist on the E! Entertainment Television show, "Fashion Police," and starred in a Bravo reality documentary, "It's a Brad, Brad World." Story