Chutes & Ladders: Kroger, Levi Strauss Name New Leadership

Welcome to this week's Chutes and Ladders, our roundup of hirings and firings throughout the industry. Please send the good word--or the bad--from your shop to Nicole Melton at [email protected] and we will feature it here at the end of each week.


>  Joe Fey has been named president of
Kroger's Mid-Atlantic division. He has been
serving as president of the company's
QFC division. Press release





>  Robert Hanson has resigned as CEO of
American Eagle Outfitters effective
immediately. Chairman and former CEO Jay
Schottenstein will take on the role in the
interim.  Story





> Craig Nomura has been named executive vice president and president of global retail at Levi Strauss & Co. Nomura joins from Williams-Sonoma Inc., where he was responsible for international expansion as senior vice president of global development.  Press release

Gina Collins has been appointed as CMO of Build-A-Bear Workshop. She most recently held the position of North American vice president of entertainment marketing at Coca-Cola Company.  Press release

Jay Cummins has been named president of the Smith's Food and Drug Stores division at Kroger. He has been serving as president of Kroger's Mid-Atlantic division.  Press release

John Ciraulo has been named vice president of meat division at Stater Bros. Markets. He has been with the Stater Bros. for more than 28 years and has progressed through a range of both retail and marketing positions. Ciraulo is replacing Kevin Schubert, who will retire in March after 39 years of service.  Press release

Michael Culhane is on a personal leave of absence from his role as CFO at Hudson's Bay. In the interim, Donald Watros, COO of HBC, has assumed the additional responsibilities of acting CFO.  Press release

Burton M. Tansky has been named to the board of directors at Stein Mart. Tansky was with the Neiman Marcus Group for 23 years, retiring as president and CEO in 2010.  Press release