Chutes & Ladders: American Apparel ousts Charney, Walmart bolsters grocery leadership

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.

 

> American Apparel has officially terminated founder Dov Charney from his position as CEO and named Paula Schneider to fill the role. The board fired Charney due to infractions such as violating the chain's sexual harassment policies and using company funds for personal travel. Schneider was previously with Warnaco, Gores Group and BCBG Max Azria. She will take the helm on Jan. 5.  Story

 

>  Walmart will reportedly create a new position in charge of long-term sourcing strategy for meat, to be filled by senior VP of produce, meat, seafood and quality control for Walmart U.S. Scott Neal (left). He will be responsible for ensuring a sustainable approach to providing quality grocery products. Also, Shawn Baldwin, currently senior VP of the Sam's Club warehouse division, will become senior VP of fresh for Walmart U.S. starting Jan. 5, while Jack Pestello, a VP in the international unit, will become senior VP of private brands for Walmart U.S. Story

> Bebe announced that Jim Wiggett, who has been serving as interim CEO since June 2014, has been appointed CEO and named to the board of directors, effective immediately. Wiggett has 40 years of experience in retail and business, and before his role as interim CEO was an advisor to the company for five years. He founded the Jackson Hole Group in 2002, a strategic consulting group, and previously served in several senior executive positions with companies including Charles Schwab, Duty Free Stores and Moet Hennessey Louis Vuitton. Story

> Christopher Payne, eBay's head of North American marketplaces, will leave the company at the end of the year. Payne is in charge of leading the company's North American business, including general management, marketing, and profit and loss. Payne joined the company in 2009 when eBay acquired Positronic, a predictive model and machine learning company he co-founded. An eBay statement said he would be leaving to pursue a new business venture. Story

> Hudson's Bay announced that Gerald Storch has been named CEO, effective January 6, 2015. He will be in charge of Hudson's Bay, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Off 5th, Home Outfitters and HBC Digital. Richard Baker will stay in his role as governor and executive chairman and, together with Storch, will make up the office of the chairman. Story

> Target announced several promotions and added responsibilities for executive leaders, including Casey Carl, president of omnichannel and senior VP of strategy, who will take on the role of chief strategy and innovation officer. CMO Jeff Jones will also take on the additional responsibility of leading Target's guest experience across all channels and touch points. Jason Goldberger has also been named president of Target.com and mobile. Press release

 

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