Chutes & Ladders: Lowe's names VP of seasonal; Toys R Us taps chief talent officer

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.

Lowe's named Jocelyn Wong senior VP and general merchandising manager for the seasonal product business, reporting to Michael McDermott, chief merchandising officer. Wong had been senior VP and chief marketing officer at Family Dollar since 2012. She also has marketing, merchandising, brand management and product innovation experience from Safeway and Procter and Gamble, totaling 18 years in the industry. At Lowe's, Wong will lead merchandising strategies for lawn and garden, seasonal living and outdoor power equipment divisions. Wong was named one of the 20 most influential women in mass marketing in 2013 and 2014. Her first day at Lowe's will be Oct. 12. Story


> Toys R Us hired Tim Grace, formerly group VP of human resources for L'Oreal Group, as exec-VP, global chief talent officer. He will report directly to Dave Brandon, chairman and CEO of Toys R Us. Grace will oversee organizational design; talent acquisition; succession planning; learning; change management; labor and employee relations; and compensation and benefits. At L'Oreal, Grace led all human resource functions across North and South America for nearly two years. He previously served as Schindler Elevator's senior VP of human resources and administrations for 12 years. Story

Crocs promoted Terence Reilly to senior VP and chief marketing officer. Reilly started at Crocs as senior director of America's marketing in 2013 and became VP of global marketing in 2014. As senior VP and CMO, he will lead the global marketing team as well as provide strategic direction and support to the regional and country marketing teams. During his time at Crocs, Reilly oversaw the company's largest marketing campaign yet, the #FindYourFun global campaign, launched in May. Earlier in his career, Reilly worked as VP of marketing at Famous Footwear, director of marketing at FootAction, and VP of marketing at Prudential. Press Release

Deloitte appointed Rod Sides as vice chairman and leader of the retail and distribution practice in the United States, effective immediately. He will succeed Alison Paul, who will continue to serve global retail clients at Deloitte. Sides has been a principal in Deloitte Consulting for more than 26 years, with experience in store operations, supply chain, procurement, back-office operations and information technology. In his new role, Sides will lead the retail and distribution practice, including 2,400 professionals that represent 75 percent of the Fortune 500 retail and distribution companies. He is tasked with driving sector initiatives, original research, talent development and other strategies to guide retailers to compete globally, improve performance and increase profitability. Story

Sears Holdings appointed Tom Park as president of the Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard business unit. Park joins Sears after serving as VP and general manager of Belkin International's Linksys division. Prior to joining Belkin in 2004, Park had a lengthy stint with Walt Disney. He was the director of finance for Walt Disney Imagineering before getting promoted to VP and controller of Disney Consumer Products, then served as VP and general manager of Disney Collectibles. Park was also senior VP of Disney Direct Marketing and president of The Disney Store Worldwide during his career there. Earlier in his career, he worked for Unisys, EStyle and MGA Entertainment. Story

Smart & Final Stores elected two new members to its board of directors: Paul Hopkins and Kenneth Tuchman. Hopkins was previously chairman of the board of directors at Farmers Group and CEO of its Americas operations, including Latin America and shared services operations. He held several executive leadership positions during his 33-year tenure at Farmers Group from 1978 until his retirement in 2011. Tuchman is currently vice chairman of Bank of Montreal Capital Markets' investment and corporate banking groups. He has additional experience in the retail and consumer sectors, including as former vice chairman at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, chairman of global banking Americas at Dresdner Kleinwort, and co-head of global M&A and head of consumer and retail sectors at Lehman Brothers. Press Release