Chutes & Ladders: PetSmart names new CEO, Gander Mountain announces new VP of hardlines

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 Drew Woolley at [email protected] and we will feature it here at the end of each week.


> PetSmart has announced that Michael Massey (left) will take over as president and CEO as the company replaces David Lenhardt, who announced his resignation after a consortium led by BC Partners acquired the company earlier this month. Raymond Svider, a managing partner at BC Partners, will act as non-executive chairman of the board. Massey comes to the company with 25 years of retail experience and specializes in developing personal customer experiences through research and insights. He previously acted as president and CEO of Collective Brands, which owns Payless ShoeSource, where he was responsible for assisting the turnaround of the company's global retail operation. Story


> Gander Mountain has named Jay Tibbets, who officially joined the company earlier this month, as its new VP of hardlines merchandising. He will be responsible for overseeing sales, procurement and replenishment of all firearms, ammunition, security, hunting supplies and fishing gear. Gander Mountain operates a total of 156 stores, 40 of which have opened since 2012, so Tibbets' experience in strategy and business development should add to the retailer's expansion plans. Before joining the company, he worked as senior VP and president for ATK Sporting Group, where he also acted as VP of strategy and business for ATK Armament Systems and director of business development for conventional munitions. Previously, he spent 22 years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an ammunition officer. Story

> Alberstons-Safeway announced that it has named Susan Morris as president of its Denver division, where she will be responsible for 141 stores in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota and New Mexico. She takes the place of Paul McTavish, who announced that he will retire after 42 years with Safeway, effective March 13. Morris was previously president of the Intermountain division, a role she held since 2013. She joined the company as a part of Albertsons' Denver and Northern California regions before being appointed corporate grocery sales director in its Boise, Idaho, offices. Story

> Managing Partner of Siempre Holdings Fabiola Arredondo has been named to Burberry's board as a non-executive director and member of the audit, remuneration and nomination committees. She also acts as a non-executive director of Experian, Rodale, National Public Radio, the World Wildlife Fund and a trustee of Sesame Workshop. Before her role at Siempre Holdings, Arredondo served in senior operating roles at Yahoo, the BBC and Bertelsmann, in addition to a role as a non-executive director for Saks. Story

> Kate Spade announced the nomination of Jan Singer for election to its board of directors. She will be up for election at the company's 2015 annual stockholders meeting. The company also reported that Bernard Aronson and Kay Koplovitz will not run for reelection. Singer has more than 20 years of experience in leadership and marketing roles with apparel, footwear and cosmetic brands, both in the U.S. and globally. She was named CEO of Spanx in July 2014 and held several senior executive positions at Nike before that, including roles as corporate VP of global apparel and corporate VP of global footwear. She also acted in leadership roles at Reebok, Chanel, Calvin Klein and Prada. Press release

> U.K. fashion company Mulberry Group has named Thierry Andretta as CEO, ending a year-long search to replace Bruno Guillon. Andretta joined the company as an independent non-executive in June 2014 and will begin his new role on April 7. He has experience as a luxury executive with brands like Lanvin, Moschino and LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA, most recently serving as CEO of Buccellati. Along with the hire of Celine designer Johnny Coca as creative director, who will start in July, Andretta's appointment completes Mulberry's search to fill vacant executive positions. Story