Welcome to this week's Chutes & Ladders, our roundup of hirings and firings throughout the industry. Please send the good word—or the bad—from your shop to Drew Woolley at [email protected] and we will feature it here at the end of each week.
> Gap announced the promotion of two executives to global brand president positions for Gap and Banana Republic. Jeff Kirwan (left) will become global president for Gap brand in December, succeeding Stephen Sunnucks who will leave the company in December. Andi Owen will become global president for Banana Republic, succeeding Jack Calhoun, who will leave in February. Story
> Whole Foods announced that Bill Jordan has been named regional president, Rocky Mountain region, effective immediately. Jordan had been regional VP of Whole Foods Market's Southern Pacific region for 16 years, and will now be responsible for stores in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Utah, as well as the newly-announced store in El Paso, Texas. Press release
> BJ's Wholesale Club appointed David Atkins to the newly-created position of VP of own brands. He will oversee brand strategy, marketing, analysis and further development of the Berkley Jensen and Wellsley Farms brands. He previously headed a team of brand managers at Meijer, where he was responsible for business development for private labels in pet, baby, consumables and drugstore categories. He has 20 years of experience building store brands, including 12 years at Giant Eagle where he was director of own brands, non-foods and natural/specialty foods. Story
> Brookstone announced that Thomas Via will take over the role of president and CEO, and will also take a position on the board of directors, effective December 1, 2014. He replaces Steven Schwartz, who served as interim CEO and will return to his role as chief merchandising officer. Via previously worked for Toys R Us for 12 years, most recently as senior VP for Babies R Us in the United States. In that role he was responsible for leading the company's juvenile product growth strategy in addition to serving on the Global Commercial Committee. Story
> Grazioano de Boni will step down as CEO of Giorgio Armani's North American subsidiary Giorgio Armani Corp., effective at the end of this year. He has been in the role for four years and will be succeeded by Guiseppe Marsocci, CEO of Armani's Swiss branch and head of the company's worldwide Diffusion Division. Marsocci will assume the role on Jan. 1, relocate to New York and report to Livio Proli, worldwide managing director. Story
> Guitar Center announced that its board of directors has named Darrell Webb as the company's new president and CEO, effective immediately. He takes the place of former CEO Mike Pratt who resigned Nov. 17. Previously, Webb served as chairman and CEO for Sports Authority from 2011 to 2013. Before that, he spent five years as chairman, CEO and president of Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores, during which time the retailer reported record earnings. Story
> Hudson's Bay announced the appointment of Jon K. Nordeen as CIO, effective November 2014. Nordeen comes to the company with more than 25 years of information systems and management experience, most recently with Kohl's. There he held multiple roles including EVP merchandise planning , EVP administration and EVP CIO. Press release