Chutes & Ladders: Meijer makes Hannaford vet SVP of foods; Sears Canada's new president, chief merchant

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.

> Meijer appointed Tod Pepin, a 30-year grocery retail veteran, as senior VP of foods. Pepin spent his entire career at Hannaford Bros. Supermarkets, where he started as a store team member. He worked his way up to VP of center store merchandising and then VP of fresh foods merchandising in the early 2000s. Also at Hannaford, Pepin served as senior VP of supply chain for nearly two years and senior VP of merchandising for three years. Most recently, he was senior VP of center store merchandising, private brands and business planning for Delhaize America, the parent company of Hannaford. Story


Sears Canada appointed Carrie Kirkman as president and chief merchant. She, along with Executive Chairman Brandon Stranzl, are tasked with refocusing Sears Canada to heighten the multi-channel customer experience and return the chain to profitability. Kirkman has more than 20 years of retail leadership experience in Canada. Most recently, she was interim president for Nine West Canada and president of Jones Apparel Group, Canada. From 2002 to 2010, Kirkman worked in various management roles for Hudson's Bay, spanning nearly every category and ultimately served as general merchandise manager for women's apparel, accessories, jewelry and footwear. Story

Advance Auto Parts CEO Darren Jackson is retiring on Jan. 2, 2016 after more than 11 years with the company. George Sherman, who has been Advance Auto Parts' president since April 2013, will take on the additional role of interim CEO. Sherman joined the company in 2013 after serving as senior VP of services at Best Buy. Prior to Best Buy, he was senior VP and president of the home services division and senior VP of operations for The Home Depot. Sherman also spent 15 years working at Target. Advance Auto Parts also announced two changes to its board of directors. A current board member, Jack Brouillard, will become executive chairman and John Ferraro, another current board member, was appointed to the role of lead independent director. Press Release

Frank Blake, former chairman and CEO of The Home Depot, was elected to Macy's board of directors, rounding out the board to 14 members. Blake started at Home Depot in 2002 as exec-VP for business development and corporate operations, responsible for real estate, store construction, credit services, growth initiatives, call centers and the home services business. In 2007, he became CEO and chairman of Home Depot, retiring from those roles in November 2014 and February 2015, respectively. Prior to Home Depot, Blake was deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy and held various leadership roles at General Electric, including as senior VP for corporate development and general counsel of GE Power Systems. Story

Ross Stores hired Brian Morrow as president and chief merchandising officer of the dd's Discounts format, effective Dec. 7. He will report directly to Barbara Rentler, CEO of Ross Stores. The company has been scouting out a new CMO since January 2015 when dd's Discounts former president and CMO Doug Baker announced his departure. Morrow joins Ross from Stein Mart, where he was president and CMO since April 2014, responsible for all buying, planning and allocation, marketing, and e-commerce initiatives. He first joined Stein Mart in 2010 as exec-VP and CMO. Morrow has more than 30 years of experience in merchandising leadership, including previous positions at Macy's West, Macy's North/Marshall Field's, Mervyns and May Co. Story

Signet Jewelers, owner of Kay Jewelers, Zales, Jared The Galleria of Jewelry and other brands, hired Uta Werner as its first chief strategy officer. She will report directly to Signet CEO Mark Light. Werner will be responsible for strategy development and execution, including identifying growth opportunities, monitoring long-term trends, gathering competitive intelligence and driving cross-business-unit initiatives. Werner was most recently exec-VP of global product leadership at Nielsen. In this role, she built an advanced analytics business that helps consumer products manufacturers and retailers leverage big data to optimize and manage in-store and online sales drivers. Prior to Nielsen, Werner was VP of strategy and later chief strategy officer at Xerox. Story

Target appointed Melanie Healey, a former North America group president of Procter & Gamble, to its board of directors, effective immediately. Healey was with P&G for more than 25 years, working in Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela and the United States. She has held several leadership roles, including group president and advisor to the chairman and CEO from January to July of 2015 and group president of North America from 2009 to the end of 2014. At P&G, Healey worked in marketing as well as in the health and personal care businesses, serving as group president of global feminine and health care. Earlier in her career, she held various positions at S.C. Johnson and Johnson & Johnson. Story