Chutes & Ladders: Kohl's names new COO from Walgreens; Ollie's hires Sports Authority vet as CAO

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 and we will feature the news here at the end of each week.

> Kohl's appointed Sona Chawla as COO, who is expected to be a potential candidate in the long-term CEO succession planning. Chawla joins Kohl's from Walgreens, where she was most recently president of digital and chief marketing officer. Starting Nov. 30, Chawla will be responsible for Kohl's full omnichannel operations and oversee all store operations, logistics and supply chain network, information and digital technology, e-commerce strategy, and store construction and design. Chawla was with Walgreens for seven years and her experience includes leading digital innovation teams that fulfilled several omnichannel initiatives: refilling prescriptions in seconds, printing photos from smartphones directly to stores, coupons and mobile payments in store, and launching digital health coaching and telehealth. Story

 

Ollie's Bargain Outlet hired Jay Stasz to fill a newly created position, senior VP of finance and chief accounting officer, effective immediately. He will report to John Swygert, exec-VP and CFO. Stasz joins Ollie's from Sports Authority, where he spent 17 years in various financial leadership roles, including controller, CIO, and most recently, senior VP of finance and accounting. Earlier in his career, he was a senior accountant in the audit department at Deloitte for six years. "We are pleased to welcome Jay to our family," said Mark Butler, president and CEO of Ollie's. "With his strong finance, accounting and retail experience, we believe that Jay, in this newly created position, expands our executive and finance teams, and we look forward to his contributions as we grow." Story

Lululemon named Nike's Gina Warren as exec-VP of culture and talent, reporting directly to Lululemon CEO Laurent Potdevin. She will lead all people practices, including health and wealth, recruitment, and learning and development for all retail and support functions. Warren most recently led Nike's global diversity and inclusion team from 2002 to 2014. For three years prior, she was director of Nike's global community affairs and the Nike Foundation. During her time at Nike, Warren started the inaugural Global Cultural Assessments, helped establish the Global Women's Leadership Council, launched women's leadership conferences, and oversaw the employee resource networks. Story

Nordstrom added Gordon Smith to its board of directors, joining the compensation and corporate governance and nominating committees. Smith is CEO of consumer and community banking at JPMorgan Chase. Smith joined Chase in 2007 as CEO of card services and later added responsibility for merchant services and auto finance. He has held his current role in consumer and community banking since 2012, a division that provides financial services for 66 million consumers and four million small businesses. Prior to Chase, Smith was with American Express for 25 years, where he oversaw various businesses including the U.S. domestic consumer card business and the global commercial card business. Story

Bruce Dayton, one of the five brothers who founded Target has died at the age of 97. In 1950, Dayton and his brothers inherited their father's department store—a store that began as Dayton Dry Goods Company, opened by the brothers' grandfather in 1902. The five brothers pioneered the idea of combining fashion and discount, eventually transforming The Dayton Company into Target as its known today, according to StarTribune. Dayton, the last of the five brothers, was instrumental in taking The Dayton Company public in 1967 and merging it with Hudson's, forming Dayton Hudson Corp., which later became Target. In the early 1970s, Dayton stepped aside as CEO of Dayton Hudson Corp. as his brother Kenneth took on the role. He and Kenneth were the last brothers to leave the board of directors in 1983. Story

Walmart hired Geoerge Riedl as senior VP and president of health wellness, reporting to Michelle Gloeckler, exec-VP of consumables and health and wellness. Riedl was most recently president of advanced marketing and sales, a role he held for nearly five years. He spent the 27 years prior at Walgreens, where he was senior VP of pharmacy innovation and purchasing. His responsibilities included e-commerce, third party operations and contracts, and pharmaceutical purchasing. Riedl also served as exec-VP of marketing and merchandising at Walgreens from 2006 to 2009. He has a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy, a pharmacist license in the state of Illinois, and served as a retail advisory board member for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. Story

Suggested Articles

Costco changes up its menu items, and Alibaba and Guess partner for a physical store.

Janey Whiteside, Walmart's new chief customer officer, is well acquainted with the importance of customer service in modern retail.

Whole Foods will offer deals on Amazon's Prime Day, and tariffs against China are causing pricing hikes.