Chutes & Ladders: Google Express exec leaves for Uber, REI hires first CCO

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


> The head of Google Express, Tom Fallows, will leave the tech giant for a position with Uber. Fallows joined Google in the acquisition of his business Mercantila, and his co-founder for that venture left Google earlier this year. Fallows was the leader of Google's same-day shipping service in more than name, pitching the idea and taking charge of its sizable budget. The nature of his position with Uber hasn't been revealed. Story



> REI announced the hire of Ben Steele as the outdoor gear and apparel retailer's first chief creative officer. He joins the company from Hornali Anderson, a global brand experience design agency, where he served as executive creative director. Steele will officially start January 1, 2015. Steele will be responsible for bringing the brand's identity as a specialty outdoor lifestyle retailer to life for its customers. He will lead a creative team tasked with impacting both the company's physical and digital presences, private brand product development, product assortment and REI's employment brand. Story


> Luc Perramond is leaving La Montre Hermes to take on the role of president and CEO of Ralph Lauren Watches and Jewelry. He will take over in February 2015. Ralph Lauren Watches and Jewelry is a joint venture with Compagnie Financiere Richemont, parent company of brands like Cartier, Vacheron Constantin, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Piaget, IWC and Van Cleef & Arpels. Story

> Lululemon Athletica has appointed Duke Stump to its senior leadership team as executive VP, community and brand, effective December 1, 2014. Stump will be responsible for continuing to build an authentic and differentiated global brand and community experience, and expanding Lululemon's global impact. He will report to the company's CEO, Laurent Potdevin. Press release

> RetailNext announced that Marc Dietz will join its leadership team as CMO. He comes to RetailNext from IBM, where he led worldwide marketing for the copmany's SaaS portfolio, including several acquisitions. Before the company's acquisition, he led all marketing efforts at DemandTec. Press release

> Rite Aid announced that RediClinic CEO Web Golinkin will take on additional responsibilities as CEO of health dialog. The company's group VP of pharmacy initiatives and clinical services, Karen Staniforth, was also promoted to COO at health dialog. Golinkin will lead the development of health dialog's business strategy, while Staniforth will execute business strategy and oversee day-to-day business operations and report directly to Golinkin. Press release