Chutes & Ladders: Ax falls on first Target exec, American Eagle promotes new global heads

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.


> Mike Robbins, Target's senior VP of global supply chain and logistics, confirmed to Bloomberg that he has left the company. He joined the retailer in 2001 and assumed his last position in 2012. The change is part of new CEO Brian Cornell's promised plan to cut jobs at the chain's headquarters over the next two years in hopes of saving $2 billion in expenses. Target has yet to comment on how it plans to fill Robbins' role. Story


> American Eagle has promoted Chad Kessler (left) to global brand president of American Eagle Outfitters and Jennifer Foyle to global brand president of its Aerie brand. Each was previously chief merchandising officer for their respective brand and will continue to report to Executive Creative Director Roger Markfield. Kessler has been with American Eagle for one year and has 20 years of experience in the retail industry, 15 years of which were spent with rival teen retailer Abercrombie & Fitch, where he played a key role in the launch of the Hollister brand. Foyle joined the retailer in August of 2010 and has 20 years of experience, including leadership roles with Gap and J. Crew. Before joining American Eagle she served as president of Calypso St. Barth. Story

> Advance Auto Parts has named Todd Greener senior VP of supply chain. He will take responsibility for executing the company's system-wide supply chain integration and transportation strategy while reporting to Charles Tyson, executive VP of merchandising, marketing and supply chain. Greener spent 20 years at General Electric, where he served most recently as general manager for appliance distribution operations in the GE Appliances business. He also held numerous leadership positions within the company managing company units such as GE Transportation, GE Lighting and GE's corporate audit staff. Story

> Ahold USA announced that Joe Kelley, president of Stop and Shop's New England division, has left the company to pursue other opportunities. Don Sussman, president of the retailer's New York Metro division, has been named to the position on an interim basis. Kelley became president of the division in 2012, and prior to that had been CEO of Marsh Supermarkets. He also served as an executive for Price Chopper, A&P, Bozzuto's and Adams Hometown Market. His departure marks the third change of president for the division under COO James McCann, who took the job in 2013. He follows Anthony Hucker, who left his position as president of the Giant-Landover division in late 2013, and Rick Herring, who vacated the Giant-Carlisle division president role early in 2014. Story

> Gap has announced that Wendi Goldman will join the company as executive VP of product design and development, effective March 16. She will lead the company's global design team and work closely on merchandising, product operations and customer experience. Goldman has 25 years of experience in the retail industry, most recently working as chief product officer at C. Wonder. Before that, she spent more than 10 years with L Brands (then Limited Brands), where she led the Victoria's Secret "Pink" line of products, including the creation of their marketing and merchandising campaign. She also worked with the Express brand and specialized in product design for Gap's Banana Republic brand during the 1990s. Officially, Goldman's position is a new one for the retailer. Gap parted ways with Rebekka Bay in January, eliminating the creative director title in the process, and it is essentially that role Goldman will be filling. Story

> SpartanNash announced the promotion of two executive VPs to new positions within the company. Dave Staples, currently executive VP and CFO, has been named COO, while Derek Jones, executive VP of food distribution, has been promoted to president of wholesale and distribution operations. Both promotions became effective March 1. In his new role, Staples will be responsible for all three operating segments of the company: retail, wholesale and military distribution. His appointment will allow President and CEO Dennis Eidson to focus more on long-term strategy and growth opportunities. Staples will also continue to act as CFO until the company finds a replacement. Jones will report to Staples and will be responsible for oversight of the entire supply chain, including military supply chain operations. Story