Welcome to this week's Chutes and Ladders, our roundup of hirings and firings throughout the industry. Please send the good word—or the bad—from your shop to Laura Heller at [email protected] and we will feature it here at the end of each week.
> Barbara Turf, the former CEO of Northbrook, Illinois-based furniture retailer Crate & Barrel, died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 71 on July 12 after 47 years with the company. She joined Crate & Barrel in 1967 as a part-time saleswoman. She had been CEO for four years since 2008 after succeeding store founder Gordon Segal, guiding the company through the economic recession and into overseas markets in locations such as China and the Middle East. After her retirement in 2012 she remained with the company on the board of directors.
Segal recently started the Chicago Pancreatic Cancer initiative with his wife in honor of Turf and another friend diagnosed with the disease. Turf died at the Evanston Hospital in Evanston, Illinois, and is survived by her husband of 40 years, Robert Turf, three children and two grandchildren. Story
> LivingSocial announced the replacement of co-founder and CEO Tim O'Shaugnessy with eBay GM Gautam Thakar on July 15. O'Shaugnessy's departure was anticipated since early in the year when he announced that he would be stepping down on Living Social's blog. Thakar spent more than a decade serving in general management and leadership roles at eBay Inc., including a position as CEO of Shopping.com, an eBay acquisition he helped transform into a data-driven, demand-generating advertising business, according to a company statement.
Thakar currently acts as GM of eBay's overall advertising business and previously served as head of international marketing for eBay as well as country manager of eBay India. Thakar began his career at Procter & Gamble in Asia before helping to scale India's leading e-commerce startup as its CMO. He joined eBay when the company acquired that same startup. Thakar will assume his new role by mid-August as the company continues to execute a strategic refocusing on marketplace innovation, product development and marketing, evolving its core platform beyond daily sales. Press release
> Sotheby's announced executive Daryl Wickstrom as the new director of the New York-based company's worldwide jewelry and watch divisions on July 11. Wickstrom has been with the international auctioneer of rare collectables and luxury goods since 1996 and will oversee the company activity in North America, Europe and Asia, in addition to the Sotheby's Diamonds retail business and related private sales. Story
> Reports say two executives are leaving HTC Corp. CMO Ben Ho and President of Engineering and Operations Fred Liu will be leaving the company, reportedly because Ho is tendering his resignation to Chairwoman Cher Wang and will remain with the company pending his departure by the end of the year, and Liu, the putative driving force behind HTC One hardware, is retiring after 16 years with the company. The information was supposed to remain private, but Bloomberg reported it and sources asked not to be identified. Story
> Subscription-based e-retailer NatureBox announced the appointments of two new executives to its Leadership Team as the company continues to expand the at-your-door delivery services of healthy snacks. Carrie Kalinowski, former VP of finance and corporate controller for Silver Spring Networks, will become CFO, and Michael Thompson, who led North American operations at Bare Escentuals, will become chief supply chain officer at the growing CPG company. As CFO, Kalinowski will oversee all financial operations such as corporate finance, accounting, tax and treasury, and as chief supply chain officer, Thompson will oversee all operations, including supply chain strategy and execution, customer service, fulfillment, transportation, and inventory management. Press release
> Former Ralph Lauren Corporation real estate exec Stephen Yalof will be joining retail real estate company Simon as CEO of premium outlets and senior executive VP. Yalof acted as Ralph Lauren's senior VP of real estate since 2002. With 15 years of real estate experience, he also worked for Gap as senior director of real estate. He began cultivating an expertise in real estate under the leadership of Arnold Labich at New Plan Trust Realty, where he eventually became president of leasing for their factory outlet business. Press release
> Dollar Tree welcomed a new VP of investor relations into the fold on Monday as the former position holder, Timothy Reid, retires. Randy Guiler will be joining the discount variety retailer with 15 years of experience with Tractor Supply Company, where he led investor relations efforts for 10 years as VP of investor relations and corporate communications after five years of managing treasury operations and risk management. He will report directly to CFO Kevin Wampler. Press release
> Williams-Sonoma announced the appointment of Ronald R. Young as senior VP, global. Young previously held positions with Pepsi-Cola, Gap, Express, and most recently Children's Place, where he served as senior VP, international. Young will be working in partnership with Williams-Sonoma, Inc. presidents at Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma and West Elm in an effort to grow each brand's global business. He will report directly to Laura Alber, president and CEO of Williams-Sonoma, and will be tasked with the expansion of company-owned store networks and franchised partnerships worldwide. Press release