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.
> Lisa Utzschneider, Amazon's VP of global advertising sales, has left the retail giant to join Yahoo. She takes over as its new senior VP of sales for the Americas. Utzschneider will succeed Ned Brody, who is now senior VP, advertising technology and strategy, at Yahoo. She will report directly to CEO Marissa Mayer. The news comes just a week after Yahoo reported better-than-expected earnings, which were boosted by its stake in Alibaba. Story
> Food Lion has named Meg Ham president, effective Nov. 1., succeeding Beth Newlands Campbell, who is leaving the company for personal and professional reasons. Newlands Campbell joined Hannaford, Food Lion's sister banner based in Maine, as a retail management trainee. During her tenure, she held a variety of leadership positions, from store manager to company president. Story
> Allegiance Retail Services on Wednesday announced the appointment of Tomas Ramos as director, new member development. Ramos will serve as the key liaison between Allegiance Retail Services and the retail grocery community in greater New York, to recruit and onboard new members to the Allegiance/Foodtown cooperative. Ramos has spent many years serving the independent grocery community as a financial advisor. Story
> Fairway Group Holdings, New York, said that Dorothy Carlow will be joining the company as chief merchandising officer, effective Nov. 3. Carlow will lead the merchandising team and the company's buying and sales strategies. Carlow comes to Fairway from her most recent position as CMO of Earth Fare, where she worked previously under Murphy. Story
> Specialty retailer Tile Shop announced a senior leadership transition involving long time CEO Robert Rucker and current COO Chris Homeister. The company said Homeister, a former Best Buy merchant who joined Minneapolis-based Tile Shop a year ago, would be elevated to the role of CEO effective Jan. 1. He replaces current CEO Robert Rucker who founded the company 29 years ago. Story
> Bridgestone Americas announced that T.J. Higgins has been named president of the consumer U.S. and Canada divisions for the company's tire operations, effective Nov. 3. Higgins succeeds Gordon Knapp, who became COO of Bridgestone Americas in March. Higgins brings more than 20 years of consumer products marketing and strategic business experience to Bridgestone. He most recently served as the North America regional president for Pfizer Consumer Healthcare and also held leadership roles at Merck and Vlasic throughout his career. Story