Chutes & Ladders: Belk promotes new CIO, Sears exec to lead Finish Line omnichannel

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.


> Belk announced that it has named Scott Kessler as its new CIO, effective immediately. He has been VP of omnichannel solutions delivery for the retailer since March 2014, and will report President and COO John Belk. Before holding his previous position, Kessler served in numerous IT roles for 20 years, 10 of which were with GSI Commerce Solutions, where he was VP of products technology. He also worked for six years at Accenture and led e-commerce practice at global IT services firm ProV International as executive VP. Story


>  Athletic shoes and apparel retailer Finish Line announced that Imran Jooma has been hired as the company's chief omnichannel officer and executive VP. In that role, he will take control of all the brand's customer facing touchpoints, including digital, store operations, the customer care center and brand marketing. Jooma was previously executive VP and president of online, marketing, pricing and financial services at Sears Holdings. He has almost two decades of experience in executive roles at retailers such as Circuit City and OfficeMax. Story

> Aeropostale has made two changes to its leadership team. Marc Miller, executive VP and CFO, has been named executive VP and COO. He joined the company in 2005 as VP of strategic planning and new business development and earned a promotion to group VP in 2006, senior VP in 2007 and CFO in 2010. David Dick has also joined the company in the role of senior VP and CFO, effective Feb. 17. For the last five years, Dick served as senior VP, CFO and treasurer at Delia's, following a stint as VP, controller and chief accounting officer from 2008 to 2009. Story

> Jo-Ann Facbric and Craft stores announced it has named Jill Soltau as the retailer's new president, CEO, and a member of the board of directors, effective March 2. Interim CEO Jim Kerr will remain as EVP and CFO for the company. Soltau comes to the company with more than 25 years of experience in the industry, most recently as president of Shopko, a position she earned after working her way through the ranks since 2007. Before that, she served in numerous senior positions in merchandising and private brand management at Sears and Kohl's. Story

> Nike CFO Donald Blair has announced his 16 year tenure with the company will come to a close when he retires on July 31. He will continue in the position until that time, and will stay with the company through October to help manage the transition. Blair joined the company in 1999, after working for PepsiCo for 15 years in various finance and strategy roles. Current SVP of Finance, Strategy and Investor Relations Andrew Campion will succeed Blair. He joined Nike from Walt Disney Co. in 2007 as VP of global planning and development. Story

> Pier 1 Imports announced that Senior Executive VP and CFO Cary Turner has retired, and Laura Coffey has been named executive VP and interim CFO, effective immediately. Coffey is a 17-year veteran with the company, previously serving as senior VP of planning. A Certified Public Accountant, she joined the retailer in 1997, holding several positions including VP assistant controller, principal accounting officer, senior VP of finance, and senior VP of business development and strategic planning. She led the launch of the company's e-commerce site and its omnichannel strategy. Before joining Pier 1, she held positions at Alcon Laboratories and KPMG. Story