Chutes & Ladders: Sears names new president; Guess CEO finds successor

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

> Sears Holdings has named Joelle Maher as president and chief member officer for Sears, responsible for implementing the business strategy for the Shop Your Way member program, managing Sears P & L and aligning merchandising, marketing, pricing and selling. The Shop Your Way program is Sears premier growth vehicle, according to Chairman and CEO Edward Lampert. Shop Your Way loyalty members were responsible for 74 percent of all sales at Sears and Kmart stores for the first quarter of the current fiscal year. Maher is leaving Gymboree as COO in order to take on the new role at Sears. She was responsible for all of Gymboree's operations, including stores; planning and allocation; real estate and construction; international; distribution and logistics; operational process and strategy; and information technology. Prior to Gymboree, Maheras was exec-VP and president of global multichannel retail at Levi Strauss & Co., and held other leadership positions throughout her seven years with the company. She also spent seven years at Lucky Brand Jeans. Story

> After over a year's search, Guess co-founder and CEO Paul Marciano has found his successor, Victor Herrero (left), who will take over the CEO role in August 2015. Paul will continue as chief creative officer and also replace his brother, co-founder Maurice Marciano, as executive chairman of the board. Maurice will then transition to chairman emeritus of the board. The new Guess CEO, Herrero, was most recently head of Asia Pacific for Inditex Group, the global fashion retailer with brands including Zara, Massimo Dutti, Pull & Bear, Bershka and Stradivarius. For 10 years, he has led Inditex's multi-billion dollar business in Asia. Prior to his 12 years total with Inditex, Herrero worked for Arthur Andersen in Asia as a management consultant. Story


> Dollar Tree promoted Michael Witynski from senior VP of stores to COO, reporting directly to CEO Bob Sasser. Witynski will be responsible for store operations and real estate of Dollar Tree bannered stores in the U.S. and Canada. He has been with the company since 2010. "Mike is an accomplished retailer. He has been a key leader in Dollar Tree's continued growth and operating performance since joining the Company in 2010," Sasser said. "This leadership appointment is a component of our ongoing integration following our Family Dollar acquisition." Witynski previously worked for Shaw's Supermarkets and Supervalu, totaling 29 years in the grocery industry.  Press Release

> Domino's Pizza CFO Michael Lawton is retiring after 16 years with the company. The current treasurer, Jeffrey Lawrence, will become CFO and report directly to CEO J. Patrick Doyle. Lawrence has been with Domino's since 2000, when he started as director of financial reporting. Other roles Lawrence has held at Domino's include VP and corporate controller and VP of international finance. Doyle commented, "Jeff has very deep institutional knowledge, having served in just about every area of finance we have, and was the VP and Corporate Controller when we took the company public in 2004. He's been central to virtually every major transaction we have completed. He, too, has had experience in our international division, a critical perspective for this key leadership role." Prior to Domino's, Lawrence was a public accountant at Arthur Andersen. Press Release

Newgistics, an end-to-end commerce solutions provider for retailers and brands, hired Gene Wojciechowski as CIO, with responsibility for providing executive leadership and strategy for all of the company's core technology operations. Wojciechowski has 30 years of experience in IT leadership, including CIO roles at and UPS Freight Services. He joins Newgistics from Staples, where he most recently served as VP of global technology for the North American commercial and supply chain division. Wojciechowski supported all of Staples' North American distribution and fulfillment centers, and led a project that launched e-commerce sites in six countries within eight months. As CIO at, Wojciechowski implemented the site's first mobile application, along with a function that allowed for same-day pickup on online orders according to in-store inventory. He was also responsible for product development, engineering and site operations, and global e-commerce engineering. Wojciechowski also served as VP of technology as Ensenda, with Ikea, Best Buy and Home Depot as clients. Story