Chutes & Ladders: J.Crew fires head designer; Kohl's promotes 3 execs

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


> J.Crew Group announced Somsack Sikhounmuong as the new head of women's design for the J.Crew brand, replacing Tom Mora, who is leaving the company. Sikhounmuong was previously the head design for Madewell, a position Joyce Lee will now hold. Both will report directly to Jenna Lyons, president and executive creative director of J.Crew Group. Sikhounmuong has held multiple design positions at J.Crew over the past decade. Lee has been a senior member of the Madewell design team for seven years, and also has worked at Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs. The retailer also announced a 175 reduction of both open and filled positions in store operations, production, sourcing and merchandising, mainly from its corporate headquarters. The changes are meant to streamline operations, support the company's omnichannel business and reduce overall expenses. Story


> Three Kohl's senior exec-VPs have been promoted to newly created principal officer positions, and the retailer is still looking for a COO. Michelle Gass has been named to the newly created principal officer position of Chief Merchandising and Customer Officer, which gives her responsibility of all Kohl's merchandising, planning and allocation, and product development. Wesley McDonald has also been promoted to the principal officer position of chief financial officer, previously serving as senior exec-VP, chief financial officer. McDonald will oversee Kohl's financial planning and analysis, investor relations, financial reporting, accounting, tax, treasury, non-merchandise purchasing, credit and capital investment strategies. Richard Schepp will also move up to the principal officer position of chief administrative officer, taking responsibility for human resources, legal, risk management and compliance, real estate and business development. He was formerly the senior exec-VP of human resources, general counsel and secretary. Story

> American Apparel announced Brian McHale as its newest senior VP and CIO, reporting directly to CFO Hassan Natha. McHale has 25 years of experience in IT, business intelligence and big data solutions, including time at DirecTV and Verizon. As CIO at American Apparel, he will be responsible for IT, computer systems, and onsite hardware and software application support. McHale will work closely with Thoryn Stephens, chief digital officer, to expand and implement American Apparel's retail digital capabilities. McHale's experience specifically includes transforming companies to cloud-based infrastructures to increase efficiency and cost savings. He has also done work for agency clients, including turnaround businesses like American Apparel. Story

> Teri List-Stoll will join Dick's Sporting Goods as exec-VP and CFO in August 2015 to lead the company's financial and legal organizations. List-Stoll has 30 years of experience in finance and has held leadership positions at Kraft since 2013. Prior to Kraft, List-Stoll was employed by Procter & Gamble and Deloitte & Touche LLP. She also serves on the board of directors for Microsoft and Danaher Corp. Andre Hawaux, exec-VP and COO/CFO of Dick's Sporting Goods, will continue CFO duties until List-Stoll assumes the role and remain COO thereafter. Story

> A former Dollar General executive, Jeff Owen, rejoined the company as exec-VP of store operations, replacing Greg Sparks, who is leaving the company. Owen spent more than 20 years at Dollar General and was most recently senior VP of store operations. He started at Dollar General in 1992, first serving as a store manager. Owen worked his way up through the ranks, from senior director of operations process improvement, retail division manager and VP, division manager. From August 2011 to July 2014, Owen served as senior VP of store operations, during which he lead store operations for 5,000 stores and 40,000 employees. Story

> Kroger did some executive reshuffling earlier this week, announcing that Harris Teeter President Fred Morganthall will become senior VP of retail divisions for Kroger while Rod Antolock, currently executive VP for Harris Teeter, has been promoted to president. Morganthall has served as president of Harris Teeter since 1997. He started his career at Spartan Stores in 1978 before joining Harris Teeter in 1986 as director of grocery merchandising. He worked his way up through the ranks, acting as VP of merchandising, VP of distribution and VP of operations, before becoming president. Antolock also began working in retail since 1978, holding several leadership roles at Albertsons before joining Harris Teeter in 2000. In his time with the company, he has served as senior VP of operations as well as senior VP of operations and merchandising. Story

>Lands' End has named two new members of its executive team: Joseph Boitano, who will fill the role of executive VP, chief merchandising and design officer, and Scott Hyatt, who will act as executive VP, chief supply chain officer. Boitano comes to the company with 30 years of experience in the retail and wholesale industries. He was previously group senior VP and general merchandise manager at Saks Fifth Avenue, a role he held for the last 15 years. At Lands' End, he will be tasked with leading merchandising and design, reporting to new CEO Federica Marchionni, effective June 9. Hyatt joins Lands' End from J. Crew Group, where he was senior VP of manufacturing and chief sourcing officer for the last 17 years. In his new position at Lands' End, Hyatt will lead the sourcing organization as well as inventory planning and logistics. He will also report to Marchionni, effective June 29. Story

>Nike announced that Jim Scholefield will become the company's CIO at the end of June. Scholefield joins Nike after serving as Coca-Cola's CTO and has experience leading information technology strategy, technology operations, production support and technology engineering. He will be responsible for executing Nike's technology strategy to drive future growth, and will report to COO Eric Sprunk. Story

> With the launch of a new brand, 365 by Whole Foods Market, the grocer named Jeff Turnas as president of the value-based brand. Turnas has been with Whole Foods for 20 years, serving most recently as president of the company's U.K. region and previously as president of the North Atlantic region. He has held various leadership positions in both the product division and operations throughout his career at Whole Foods. Story