Chutes & Ladders: EBay beefs up executive team, Target names new SVP to lead food

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.


> EBay has appointed three new executives to CEO-designee David Wenig's leadership team ahead of the impending eBay, PayPal split. Harry Lawton (left) will become head of eBay North America, Marie Huber will become eBay's general counsel and Scott Cutler will lead StubHub. Lawton comes to eBay from Home Depot, where he was senior VP of merchandising since 2013. Huber joins the company from Agilent Technologies, where she held the role of senior VP, general counsel and secretary since 2009, following a tenure as VP, assistant general counsel and assistant secretary from 2000 to 2009. Cutler previously served as executive VP, head of global listings for the New York Stock Exchange, before which he held several leadership positons at investment firms specializing in technology. Story


> Target has named Anne Dament as its new senior VP of merchandising, a role that will put her in charge of leading the strategic repositioning of the retailer's food business. Dament has more than 19 years of experience with grocery and consumer packaged goods, having started her career as a buyer for Supervalu and then Safeway, where she held several category and sales management positions. Target has announced plans to shift its food strategy in the next 12 to 18 months, aiming to make it easier for customers to find healthy options while providing meal solutions and offering better selections for entertainment. Story


> Best Buy announced that President and CEO Hubert Joly will now act as chairman, replacing Hatim Tyabji, who will retire from the role effective June 9, 2015. Additionally, Russell Fradin, president and CEO of SunGard and member of Best Buy's board since April 2013, will take on the role of lead independent director. Tyabji has been a member of the board since 1998 and has served as chairman since 2012. The company also announced that directors Sanjay Khosla and Allen Lenzmeier will retire, also effective June 9, 2015. Khosla has been on the board since 2008, contributing to the retailer's global strategy, while Lenzmeier rejoined the board in 2013. Story

> Digital commerce company Evine Live, formerly ShopHQ, has hired Penny Burnett as senior VP and chief merchandising officer, effective April 20. She will report to CEO Mark Bozek. Burnett has more than 20 years of experience with merchandising, both in traditional retail and with brand development and consulting. She was previously VP of merchandising for Global Brands Group for five years, managing merchandising strategy for new acquisitions as well as the kids' and young men's divisions. Before that, she served as VP of sales and merchandising for Guggenheim Partners, working on the Lionel brand. She also held merchandising roles at Macy's and Target. Story

> Petco announced the addition of two new executives to its team. Michael Nuzzo has been hired as executive VP, CFO, and Michael Zuna will become senior VP, chief marketing and digital officer. Previously, Nuzzo was chief administrative officer at tech baby gear brand 4moms. Before that, he was CFO and executive VP at GNC Holdings, as well as senior VP, finance, among other roles at Abercrombie and Fitch. Zuna will take charge of the company's efforts to engage with pet parents and will be accountable for marketing, advertising, public relations, digital and e-commerce activities for the retailer. He previously held leadership roles at Arnold Worldwide and Ogilvy and Mather. Story

> Saks Fifth Avenue announced that Tracy Margolies has been hired as its new chief merchant, effective May 11. She will be tasked with driving the strategic direction and performance of all buying activies for the brand, reporting to President Marc Metrick. Margolies is returning to Saks after working as senior VP, GMM, beauty, contemporary 5F, footwear and handbags for Bergdorf Goodman. Before that she was with Saks for seven years serving as VP, DMM, women's footwear. Story

> Stuart Weitzman announced the hiring of Alyssa Mishcon as president of global retail. She will take charge of the global retail business, including customer experience and relationship management, strategic operations development, merchandising, and international retail growth. She will report to CEO Wayne Kulkin. Mishcon brings more than 15 years of experience with multichannel luxury brands to the company. She most recently served as president of Thomas Pink, LVMH Fashion Group, and before that she was VP of strategy, merchandising and retail at TAG Heuer, LVMH's watch and jewelry division. Story