Chutes & Ladders: Amazon payments VP departs, eBay names independent directors before split

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 Drew Woolley at [email protected] and we will feature it here at the end of each week.


> Ahead of the eBay, PayPal separation, eBay Inc. announced the appointment of two new independent directors to its board: Tony Bates (left), president of GoPro, and Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross. The company also announced that current board members William Ford and Richard Schlosberg, who each served for about a decade, do not intend to stand for re-election at the 2015 annual meeting. With their departures and the arrival of Bates and McGovern, the eBay board will have 15 directors. Bates has 25 years of leadership experience in the technology industry. Before joining GoPro he served as executive VP of Microsoft's business development and evangelism group, taking charge of its corporate strategy team. He previously acted as CEO of Skype from 2011 to 2013, when he led the company's integration with Microsoft. McGovern has 28 years of corporate experience, including roles as president of Fidelity Personal Investments and executive VP of AT&T's consumer markets division. She also serves on the board of DTE Energy and The Weather Company, and is part of the president's Management Advisory Board. Story


> Dunkin' Brands has announced the promotion of its CIO of the past three years, Jack Clare, to chief information and strategy officer. He will continue to report to CFO Paul Carbone as a member of the company's leadership team. Before joining the company, Clare was a system and flight test engineer with the U.S. Air Force. He has a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering from the Air Force Academy and a master of science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Dayton, as well as an MBA from the University of California, Davis. Story



> Matt Swann, Amazon's VP and general manager of payments, has parted ways with the company as he moves to lead Citigroup's cards and payments business. Swann was most recently responsible for launching projects like Local Register, Amazon's answer to Square, and the Amazon Wallet. The latter was recently shuttered after a poor performance and an increasingly crowded mobile payment market due to the successes of Apple Pay and Google Wallet. He joined the company in 1999 and served as a director for five years before leaving to work at Citadel. He returned in 2006 when he assumed his most recent role. Amazon has yet to make any announcement about his successor. While Swann's departure had led some to believe layoffs at Amazon could occur in the near future, it appears that the team responsible for Amazon Wallet has been assigned to other projects. Charlie Kindel, who was director for the mobile wallet, is now part of Amazon's Echo team, while many others have moved over to Amazon's Web Services or its retail business. Story

> Club retailer DirectBuy announced that Curt Fisher has been named VP of sales, taking responsibility for the direction and management of internal sales development, building new sales channels and expanding the company's marketplace reach. Fisher has 20 years of experience in customer relationship management with Fortune 500 companies. Over the last three years, he has served as Goodman Manufacturing's Chicago-area general manager, where he built and managed a startup distribution operation that showed growth rates of 30 percent each year. He also filled several leadership roles with Whirlpool from 2000 to 2011 managing sales, marketing, competitive marketplace insights and merchandising, as well as a five-year stint as Maytag's district sales manager. In his new role, Fisher will be part of a leadership team that was set up by CMO Curt Hilliard and CEO Mike Bornhorst in February 2014. That team will work to execute new standards and policies intended to build out the brand, adopt more transparent business practices and make the company generally easier to work with. Story

> Fred's has announced a series of executive changes, including the appointment of Bryan Pugh as chief merchandising and marketing officer, Craig Barnes as executive VP of supply chain, global and domestic logistics, and Mike Holligan as executive VP of store operations. Pugh has 30 years of retail experience, including time spent serving as chief merchandising officer at Walgreens during a six-year period with the drugstore chain. He also worked for Tesco as executive VP of operations for Fresh and Easy Neighborhood Markets, as well as chief operating officer and senior VP of merchandising and marketing for Tesco Lotus Stores. Barnes was promoted from his role leading profit and loss management, supply chain and store operations management, global logistics sourcing, and inventory management. Before joining Fred's he held executive roles at Autozone, CarQuest and Delphi Automotive. Holligan spent 18 years with Walmart before joining Fred's. He has since served as a district manager and regional VP of store operations, helping lead store labor savings and inventory control. Story

> IDC Retail Insights has announced that Victoria Brown will join the company as a senior research analyst for its retail supply chain. Brown will be responsible for leading the supply chain research program and covering important divisions such as inventory management, warehouse management, logistics, and omnichannel distributed order orchestration to support IT leaders at major retailers around the world. Brown was most recently a supply chain leader in charge of load balance and tracking distribution channels for Frito-Lay North America's third-largest plant. She also held supply chain positions at VistaPrint and Proctor and Gamble, and is certified as a Six-Sigma green belt, qualifying her to analyze and solve quality improvement issues. 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 served 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