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.
> Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. has named Yu Yongfu as president of its online marketing unit, Alimama. He joined the company in June of last year to spearhead its mobile business efforts and will be tasked with leading the growth of the digital retailer in new areas. Before joining Alibaba Group, he was CEO of Chinese mobile browser company UCWeb, which was acquired by Alibaba in June 2014. His new role became effective immediately and he will report to COO Daniel Zhang. Story
> In response to its high-profile data breach last year, Home Depot has hired its first chief information security officer, Jamil Farshchi. Farshchi will be responsible for managing information security, data protection and vulnerability management. He will report to CIO Matt Carey. CISO is a new role at Home Depot, and the first to be focused exclusively on IT security. Before, that responsibility fell upon Daniel Grider, VP of information technology, who will remain with Home Depot as he develops an emphasis on infrastructure and engineering. Farshchi was previously in the same role at Time Warner, which he joined in August 2014. During his time there, he built a federated, risk-based security program for the media company. Before that he was VP for global information security at Visa, where he was tasked with securing consumer payment card transactions, an experience that should prove particularly relevant to protecting Home Depot against future attacks. Story
> Ascena Retail Group has announced Brian Lynch's appointment as president and CEO of Justice, the company's teen brand. Lynch has 25 years of experience in the fashion and retail industry, most recently serving as president of Ann Taylor, as well as in various executive roles with ANN, Gap, Learningsmith and The Walt Disney Company before that. "I'm thrilled at the opportunity to work with the team at Justice that has been at the forefront of this market," Lynch said. "It's an important transitional time for Justice and I look forward to joining a group that is poised to continue as an innovative leader in the fashion industry." Story
> Quiksilver has announced that CEO Andy Mooney has resigned and will be replaced by Pierre Agnes, who has been with the company for 27 years. Richard Shields, the company's CFO, has also left, while APAC Region President Greg Healy has been promoted to president and Bob McKnight has been named chairman. All changes became effective March 27. Agnes was promoted to president of the company in November of last year, having previously served as global head of apparel for the Quiksilver, Roxy and DC brands. Since 2005 he has also been president of Quiksilver Europe. Healy is a certified public accountant and joined the company's finance team in 1998. Four years later he took on the CFO and COO roles for the APAC region, before being named CEO of "Australaisia" in 2009 and APAC president in 2010. Thomas Chambolle, EMEA region CFO, will succeed Shields, effective April 3. Shields will remain as a consultant to Chambolle. Story
> PetSmart announced the appointment of six new executives to its senior leadership team, the first big personnel changes of new president and CEO Michael Massey. Eran Cohen will join as executive VP of customer experience; Ron Cooperman as executive VP of strategy, initiatives and real estate; Ted Passig as executive VP of buying and sourcing; Phil Vostrejs as executive VP of merchandise planning allocation, distribution and supply chain; and Brian Amkraut as senior VP of real estate. Gregg Scanlon was also promoted to senior VP of store operations and services and named to the senior leadership team. The company also announced the departures of Phil Bowman, executive VP of customer experience, Matt McAdam, executive VP of merchandising and real estate, Eddie Burt, senior VP of real estate, and Bruce Thorn, executive VP of store operations, services and supply chain. Story
> E-commerce furniture retailer Interior Define announced the appointment of Marta Calle as its new executive chairman. Founder Rob Royer said her experience managing multiple product lines will prove particularly valuable as the retailer looks to expand its product line beyond custom couches. Calle previously acted as president of Crate and Barrel from 2012 to 2014. Before that, she worked with the company for nine years building its CB2 brand, which focuses on home furnishings for youth. Story