Chutes & Ladders: Gap CEO retires, Fast Retailing's new head of creative

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

 

> Gap announced that Chairman and CEO Glenn Murphy will retire on Feb. 1. Murphy has held the post since July 2007, during which time the company acquired Intermix and Athleta, helping grow the athletic wear company from an online-only retailer to a chain with around 80 stores. He announced no specific plans after January, saying only that he could not make the long-term commitment the company needed. Art Peck, Gap's president of growth, innovation and digital, will take the helm after Murphy's departure, while Bob Fisher will fill in as chairman. Story

 

> Fast Retailing, parent company of Uniqlo, announced the appointment of John C. Jay as president of global creative. He will be responsible for the overall creative aspects of the company including product design, store design, marketing media and branding strategies. Jay has been responsible for campaigns for brands including Nike and Target, and Uniqlo was one of his first clients at advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy. Press release

 

> Deliv has named former Diageo and Constellation Brands marketing executive, Ingrid Bekkers, as its VP of Marketing. In this new role, she will be responsible for running all marketing activities for the company. Bekkers has more than 15 years of marketing and strategy experience with brands like Guiness and Smirnoff, as well as technology services company Scient. She also has experience working with retailers to increase sales and enhance customer experience, a key skillset as Deliv rolls out its delivery service across the U.S. Press release

> Levi Strauss elected Jenny Ming, president and CEO of Charlotte Russe, to its board of directors. She has previous experience with Gap, where she began in 1986 and held various roles including president of Old Navy from 1996 to 2006, overseeing all aspects of the retailer's 900 stores in the U.S. and Canada. She also serves as a special advisor to the board of directors for Barneys New York. Press release

> Tesco has added former Ikea CEO Mikael Ohlsson and Compass CEO Richard Cousins to its board. The British retailer was criticized for having too little experience on the board, so adding a couple of veteran executives should ease those concerns. Ohlsson left his position as CEO and president of Ikea Group in September 2013, and worked for the company for 34 years in varying roles before that. In addition to his current role, Cousins was a non-executive director of consumer goods company Rechkitt Benckiser for five years. Story

> Toys R Us appointed Michael Melzer as managing director, Central Europe. In his new position he will run the company's business operations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, totalling 91 stores, four e-commerce sites and 2,200 employees. He will report to Wolfgang Link, president, Europe. Melzer was previously managing director of Staples in Germany, where he was in charge of retail stores and online business. Story

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