Chutes & Ladders: Fanatics adds CFO, Yahoo names marketing VP

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

> E-retailer Fanatics named Lauren Cooks Levitan its new CFO, reporting directly to CEO Doug Mack. Levtian will be based in Silicon Valley and responsible for accounting, financial planning, strategic analysis and investor relations—all areas in which she has over 20 years of experience. Most recently, Levitan was a co-founder and managing partner at Moxie Capital LLC. She was also a managing director and senior research analyst at Cowen & Co. Levitan served as a managing director at Robertson Stephens, and is credited with being the first analyst to apply retail industry experience to the online retail channel. Story

> Debra Berman will be filling a newly created position at Yahoo—senior VP of consumer marketing. Reporting to Kathy Savitt, Yahoo's chief marketing officer and head of media, Berman will be responsible for product marketing, audience engagement and consumer brand strategy. With over 20 years of experience, she served previously as the chief marketing officer at JCPenney and Kraft's VP of marketing strategy and engagement. Berman has received various awards, including one of Brand Innovators Top 50 Women in Marketing in 2014 and 2015, American Marketing Association's DFW CMO of the Year in 2014 and 2012 AdAge Media Maven. Story


> David Danziger has now completely removed himself from the American Apparel board. He previously served as co-chairman of the board until last December. Danziger's departure allows CEO Paula Schneider to assume a seat on the board. American Apparel is also still seeking an independent director for the board as part of an agreement made with Jeffery Kolb after he threatened to start a proxy battle for board seats. Danziger served as co-chair with Allan Mayer until stepping down and ceding the role to Colleen Brown. Story

>Justin Lambeth was named chief marketing officer at the Corner Bakery Café, joining the company from Pepsi. Lambeth fills the role left vacant by Diana Hovey, who left Corner Bakery in April to work for a non-profit organization, Share Our Strength. Lambeth most recently managed the marketing and customer engagement business for Pepsi's Quaker Division as CMO. His other prior experience includes being VP at Frito-Lay and holding other leadership positions at Heinz and Nabisco. Lambeth was named Marketer of the Year by Brandweek in 2010 for his transformation of the Lay's brand. Story

>Dollar General makes five internal, executive promotions, two within the merchandising business and three in the global supply chain area. Cindy Long has been promoted to senior VP, general merchandise manager and will be responsible for apparel and home departments. Also for merchandising, Carol Nakauchi will now be VP, division merchandise manager, overseeing the home department including domestics, housewares and home décor. For global supply chain, Steve Jacobson became Dollar General's senior VP, global sourcing operations, tasked with expanding the company's global sourcing footprint. Mike Kindy was promoted to senior VP, global supply chain, with responsibilities for transportation, inventory and demand management, demand planning and supply chain solutions. Lastly, Jeff Harpole was named VP of transportation, a role in which he will oversee trucking and global supply chain logistics. Story

> Dottie Mattison, a former Walmart executive, is buying a major stake in Gracious Home, a luxury home décor retailed based in New York City, and will serve as CEO. Mattison held various leadership roles at Walmart from 2006 to 2010, including senior VP and general manager of the apparel global merchandising cent and chief merchant of Mattison is joined by David Mitchell, president of invest and real estate development company Mitchell Holdings LLC, is purchasing the majority stake in Gracious Home, and he will become chairman for the company. Press Release

>Kmart's marketing department is shifting in an effort to relaunch the brand and implement omnichannel strategies. The biggest move was hiring Kelly Cook as chief marketing officer, a role left vacant by Andrew Stein, who stepped down to join Big Lots in 2013.  Mark Andeer has also said goodbye to Kmart. He was VP of creative for Kmart from mid-2012 until the end of 2013, then served as interim CMO. Previously, Cook was CMO at DSW, where she has held various leadership positions since 2009, according to her LinkedIn profile. Prior to DSW, she worked in customer strategy and engagement at Waste Management. Story

>Pep Boys appointed Scott Sider as its new CEO, effective June 15, after the automotive aftermarket service and retail chain has been without a permanent CEO for eight months. Sider was the former president of Hertz Corporation's Rent A Car, Americas, which includes 3,200 locations and 16,000 employees. He has been employed by Hertz since 1983, holding leadership positions such as area manager of Manhattan, divisional VP of the western region and president of off airport operations. John Sweetwood, who served as interim CEO, will continue serving as an independent board member, and Sider was also appointed to Pep Boy's board of directors. Story

>Rent the Runway created a new position, chief logistics officer, and named Chris Halkyard to the role. He will be responsible for the designer clothing rental company's logistics platform, including the proprietary reverse-logistics operations and transportation network. Halkyard was most recently chief supply chain officer and general manager of distribution services at Gilt, a member-based online shopping website. He also has prior logistics experience as Marc Ecko, L'Occitane, FAO Schwarz and the May Department Stores (currently Macy's). Story