Chutes & Ladders: Kenneth Cole names former Macy's exec CEO, Kroger regional president to retire

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.


> Kenneth Cole Productions has named Marc Schneider as the company's new CEO. He has over 30 years of experience in the retail and wholesale business, and will take responsibility for retail, outlet, e-commerce, international, licensing and wholesale businesses in his new role. Kenneth Cole will stay on as executive chairman and will continue to act as chief creative officer. Schneider will report to Cole effective Feb. 23. He was previously group president of Heritage Brands at PVH Corp, and before that served as SVP and an officer at Timberland, where he was responsible for global product, merchandising and licensing. He also served as division VP and group VP for the men's division at Macy's. Press release


>  Kroger announced that Bruce Macaulay, president of the grocery chain's Columbus division, will retire on March 27. Macaulay assumed his role in 2008, when he was charged with leading operations for 123 stores in northwest, southeast and central Ohio. Before that, he was president of the Great Lakes Division, which combined the retailer's Michigan and Columbus divisions. Macaulay joined the company in 1973, starting out as a part-time clerk. While attending Ohio State University, he worked at the Berwick Plaza store in Columbus, eventually entering the management training program in 1979. He has worked in various roles with the retailer, including positions as co-manager, store manager, grocery merchandising and district manager. He has also held positions as director of grocery merchandising; VP of grocery merchandising and procurement; and group VP of grocery, drug/general merchandising, pharmacy and advertising while at the company's corporate headquarters in Cincinnati. Story

> The board of Adidas has launched an official search for a successor to CEO Herbery Hainer, who has been called to step down by some investors following his contract extension to 2017. He has been in the position since 2001, making him the longest-serving CEO at a German blue-chip company, but has come under pressure with the sportswear retailer losing ground to U.S. rival Nike. The company did not comment on whether Hainer will see out his contract. Story

> Canadian discount chain Dollarama named Elisa Garcia as its independent director and a member of the company's nominating and governance committee. The retailer hopes she will be able to help guide Dollarama through its expansion plans for 2015. She brings the number of directors to 10, and is the seventh one to be independent. Garcia is presently EVP and chief legal officer for Office Depot, and is tasked with managing legal, regulatory, compliance and government affairs matters for the company worldwide, and also deals with loss prevention. Before joining Office Depot in 2007, she served as EVP, general counsel and corporate secretary for Domino's Pizza. Story

> Tesco announced that John Allan will become the retailer's chairman, effective March 1. His appointment follows Richard Broadbent's decision to step down on the same date. Allan is currently a deputy chairman and SID of Dixons Carphone, formed by the merger of Carphone Warehouse and Dixons Carphone in August of last year. He became chairman of Dixons Retail in Sept. 2009. Previously, he held several marketing positions with Lever Bros and Bristol-Myers, and also served as a divisional CEO at BET for nine years and CEO of Ocean Group, as well as Exel after its merger with Ocean Group. Press release

> United Supermarkets has named Joseph Bunting as its new produce director, effective Feb. 28. He replaces Darvel Kirby, who will retire after 20 years with the retailer and 12 years in the role of produce director, during which time he grew the department's sales by more than 100 percent. Bunting has already begun transitioning into his new role. He has been with the company for 22 years himself, since 1992, and was promoted from produce business manager. Story

> Verizon has appointed John Stratton to lead the company's wireline and wireless business as executive VP and president of operations. He takes the place of executive VP and Verizon Wireless CEO Daniel Mead, who is preparing to retire. Stratton was previously executive VP and president of Verizon's global enterprise and consumer wireline business, and will continue to report to Verizon CEO and Chairman Lowell McAdam. He will not be named CEO, but will have the same responsibilities as Mead. Mead will stay on with the company as executive VP and president of strategic initiatives, overseeing the transfer of Verizon's wireline operations to Frontier Communications in Califronia, Florida and Texas. He has been CEO of Verizon Wireless since 2010. Story