Chutes & Ladders: The Fresh Market finds CEO; Net-a-Porter founder resigns before merger

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 and we will feature the news here at the end of each week.

Specialty grocer The Fresh Market named Rick Anicetti president and CEO, effective Sept. 1, to replace former president and CEO Craig Carlock, who resigned in January after 15 years with the company. Anicetti was president and CEO of Food Lion, a subsidiary of Delhaize Group, for eight years and COO for two years prior. He also held several leadership positions at supermarket chain Hannaford Bros over the course of 20 years, including as exec-VP and general manager of the southeast division for six years. During his time at Food Lion, Anicetti transformed the business from a distribution company to a customer-centric organization. He has more than 30 years of experience in the retail industry overall. Story


>  Natalie Massenet, founder and executive chairman of designer retailer Net-a-Porter, has resigned from her future position as chairman of the newly merged Yoox Net-a-Porter Group. Off-season luxury retailer Yoox and Net-a-Porter agreed to merge in April. Both are e-commerce retailers, with a combined worth of $1.4 million. The founder and CEO of Yoox, Federico Marchetti, was set to continue as CEO of the merged company while Massenet was to be named chairman and remain in charge of editorial content. Yoox issued a one-sentence statement announcing that Massenet would no longer be a member of Yoox Net-a-Porter board of directors following her resignation. Story

Big Lots made three internal promotions and realigned its leadership team. Timothy Johnson, who has been with the company for 15 years, moved from exec-VP and CFO to exec-VP, chief administrative officer and CFO. Next, Lisa Bachmann was promoted from exec-VP and COO to exec-VP, chief merchandising and operating officer. The 13-year Big Lots veteran will now be responsible for merchandising; planning and allocation; the global sourcing teams; IT strategy and team; and the development of an e-commerce strategy. Lastly, a 22-year veteran of Big Lots and former senior VP of human resources, Michael Schlonsky, was promoted to exec-VP human resources and store operations. He is responsible for Big Lots associates and associate relations, as well as all aspects of operations in the 1,406 stores nationwide. Story

 BJ's Wholesale Club named former Hess Retail CEO Christopher Baldwin as its new president and COO. He will oversee all business operations including merchandising, logistics, membership, marketing and club operations. As a 30-year veteran in the retail and consumer products industry, Baldwin led more than 1,300 Hess fuel and convenience stores before its successful sale to Marathon. Before Hess, he was president of snacks at Kraft Foods, president of North America at Hershey, and held leadership roles at Procter and Gamble. Baldwin will also join BJ's board of directors. Story

The Children's Place added beauty retailer Bluemercury's cofounder and CEO, Marla Malcolm Beck, to its board of directors, effective immediately. She is also a member of the board of directors of the National Retail Federation. Bluemercury is an off-line and online retailer of beauty products and spa services, founded in 1999 and acquired by Macy's in 2015. Beck operates Bluemercury as a standalone business and reports directly to Macy's chairman and CEO, Terry Lundgren. Beck will be an independent class II director for The Children's Place and stand for election at the 2017 annual meeting of shareholders. Story

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf named John Fuller as its new president and CEO, replacing John Dawson. Fuller was president and CEO of Johnny Rockets for the past five years, and CFO the year prior. The new president and CEO has more than 20 years of experience in restaurant leadership. At Johnny Rockets, Fuller led domestic and international expansion, improved the quality of product offerings, and formed collaborative partnerships with franchisees. He also served as CFO at Rubio's Restaurants, JC Resorts and Edwards Theatres. He was controller at Del Taco and CKE Restaurants earlier in his career. Story

Kroger found a successor to Lynn Marmer, the long-time VP of corporate affairs and first female corporate officer at Kroger, who announced her retirement in July. Jessica Adelman will become Kroger's new group VP of corporate affairs, effective Nov. 1. Adelman joins Kroger after eight years at Syngenta North America, an agriculture company, as senior VP and head of corporate affairs. Prior to Syngenta, she was director of business development at Cargill Government Solutions and has held other strategic leadership positions. Story