Chutes & Ladders: NACDS adds Target pharmacy exec; Hudson's Bay hires digital exec-VP

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.

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) appointed Jason Ausili as director of pharmacy affairs. Ausili joins the association from Target, where he spent more than 10 years in pharmacy management and health care leadership roles. As president of pharmacy affairs, Ausili will lead the NACDS initiatives designed to optimize pharmacy care; help with emerging care models to improve patient clinical outcomes; and build and leverage relationships with schools and colleges of pharmacy to ensure future education accreditation. Ausili was most recently Target's health quality leader, a role in which he developed and executed health care quality strategy for more than 1,660 pharmacy locations. Full story


> Hudson's Bay Company hired Dion Rooney as exec-VP, HBC Digital. Rooney joins Hudson's Bay from Toys R Us, where he has worked since 1984 and was most recently senior VP and CIO. Rooney has more than 30 years of leadership background in IT, including experience in e-commerce, omnichannel retailing and supply chain. Credited with building the Toys R Us omnichannel strategy and offerings, Rooney also served as the company's senior VP of global e-commerce for 2 years. Full story

JCPenney promoted John Tighe from senior VP and senior general merchandise manager to exec-VP and chief merchant, effective Oct. 1. Tighe succeeds Liz Sweney, a 16-year veteran of the company, who is retiring. Sweney will serve in an advisory role until her retirement at the end of this fiscal year. Tighe has been at JCPenney since 2002, when he joined as a buyer and was later promoted to divisional VP. He then led as senior VP in 2009. Tighe was also senior VP and general merchandise manager for the home division for two years before taking his most recent position leading the men's, children's, footwear, hangbag and intimate apparel divisions. Full story

REI promoted Rachel Ligtenberg from regional VP of retail to VP of retail, adding the task of retail operations to her current responsibilities of leading store design, visual merchandising and the co-op's flagship strategy. Ligtenberg has been with REI for 25 years, starting as a sales associate in a Sacramento store. She moved on to become general manager of the Seattle flagship store for seven years before becoming director of visual merchandising, just prior to her most recent position. Ligtenberg will continue to report to Tim Spangler, senior VP of retail. Full story

Sears Holdings named Girish Lakshman president of fulfillment, responsible for enhancing the member experience, fulfilling member and customers' needs, and advancing the integrated retail strategy. Lakshman joins Sears from a 15-year run at Amazon, where he was most recently VP of worldwide transportation strategy, technology and customer returns. He held a variety of other roles in transportation, technology, logistics, operational excellence and management while at Amazon. Full story

Target hired Anu Gupta to fill a newly created role, senior VP of operational excellence. She is tasked with simplifying and optimizing business processes to help Target become more agile and able to anticipate guests' needs. The new senior VP will report to Target COO John Mulligan, recently promoted from CFO to COO, another new position for Target. Gupta has more than 20 years of experience in operations, including a VP position for process and profit improvement at Michaels Stores and an operations leadership role at Safeway. Most recently, she was a senior operating executive at private equity investment firm Hellman & Friedman. Press Release

Target CEO Brian Cornell was appointed to the board of directors for Yum Brands, which includes KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants. Cornell has more than 30 years of experience in retail and global consumer product companies. Cornell took over as CEO and chairman at Target just over one year ago. Prior to Target, he was CEO of PepsiCo Americas Foods. Cornell was also president and CEO of Sam's Club for three years and CEO at Michaels Stores for two years. Starting in 2004, he was chief marketing officer and exec-VP at Safeway for three years. Full Story