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.
> JCPenney announced the appointment of Mary Beth West to executive VP and chief customer and marketing officer. She is currently a member of the board of directors but will be stepping down from that position to assume her new role, effective June 1. West has been with the board since 2005, serving in several leadership roles at General Foods and Kraft, including executive VP and chief category and marketing officer of Kraft Foods. She most recently worked at Mondelez International, where she held the position of executive VP and chief category and marketing officer. Consequently, she will not stand for re-election to the board and will let her term expire on May 15. The company also announced that Kirk Waldelich has been promoted to senior VP of sales promotion and marketing. He was most recently VP of marketing strategy and will report to West as part of his new role. Story
> Target has named Doug Baker, CEO of environmental technology firm Ecolab, as the lead independent director of its board. Baker currently serves as an independent director for the retailer and will replace Jim Johnson when he retires from the board. Johnson is the founder of Johnson Capital Partners and also served as chairman of Perseus LLC from April 2001 to June 2012. "It is with a mix of honor and humility that I have agreed to take on this role," Baker said in a statement to shareholders. "In this role I will work to support and enable the board and management as we work to deliver on our responsibilities to our shareholders of continuing Target's long history of profitable growth, great citizenship and shareholder responsiveness." Story
> Bartell Drugs has announced the appointment of Brian Unmacht as the company's new CEO. He became president of the retailer in January of this year and will replace George Bartell who has served in the role for the last 25 years. Bartell will continue to serve as the company's vice chairman and treasurer. Unmacht joined Bartell after almost 30 years with REI, where he held senior positions including EVP and COO. He has served on Bartell's board since 2011. The company also announced that members of the Bartell family will continue to be involved with the company's transition, as Evelyn Barber will rejoin the organization in 2015 after completing graduate school. Story
> Eddie Bauer announced the appointment of José Cabaço as its new VP and brand creative director. He most recently served as global concept creative director of C.O.D.E. (Center of Design Excellency) for Nike. In his more than 20 years, Cabaço has worked with agencies including Young and Rubicam, Leo Burnett, and Saatchi and Saatchi, before co-founding his own agency, Home. After that ageny merged with Grey Worldwide in 2002, he served as executive creative director, working with Procter and Gamble, Honda and Skoda, among others. He joined Nike in 2003 as creative director for Nike Europe before leading creative strategy for Nike Latin America and Electronic Arts. Press release
> Rick Calacci has been named senior VP of home entertainment sales at LG Electronics USA. He will lead the national and regional account teams for the company's U.S. consumer electronics business. Calacci joined LG in 2007 as VP of regional sales and has since been instrumental in the company's success and growth, according to President and CEO William Cho. During his 35 years in consumer electronics, Calacci has served in senior sales and marketing positions at companies including Sharp Electronics, Toshiba and Sony Electronics. Press release
> Tuesday Morning Corporation announced that Executive VP and General Merchandise Manager Melissa Phillips has been promoted to the new position of president and COO, effective April 30, 2015. She will be responsible for merchandising, store operations and marketing, and will report to CEO Michael Rouleau. Rouleau credited Phillips with reinvigorating the company's merchandising strategy by building quality relationships with vendors along with a focused and aggressive buying team. Press release