Welcome to this week's Chutes & Ladders, our roundup of hirings and firings throughout the industry. Please send the good word—or the bad—from your shop to Drew Woolley at [email protected] and we will feature it here at the end of each week.
> Starbucks announced that COO Troy Alstead will take an extended unpaid leave from the company starting March 1, 2015. Alstead has been with the coffee chain for 23 years, serving as CFO and leading the operations and development of Starbucks international business and its Europe, Middle East and Africa business previous to his current role. More information on who will fill the role is expected during the company's first quarter earnings call on Jan. 22. Story
> Bi-Lo Holdings announced that CEO Randall Onstead will leave the company as of March 1. The parent company of the Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie grocery chains said it has decided on a successor, but would not name them at this time. Onstead has been with Bi-Lo since 2008, when he became the then stand-alone company's chairman. After the retailer acquired Winn-Dixie in 2012, he served as president and CEO of the combined company and later led the 2013 acquisition of Sweetbay, Reids and Harveys from Delhaize. Story
> Michael Romanko has been named teen merchandise retailer Five Below's new EVP of merchandising, reporting directly to President Joel Anderson. Romanko will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of merchandising strategy and operations, including product development. He has over 30 years of experience, most recently acting as chief design officer with Patriarch Partners, where he was tasked with merchandise line building, along with sourcing and design for 75 businesses. Press release
> Lucky's Market named Steve Black the grocery chain's new president, effective immediately. He has 38 years of experience in the industry, previously serving as VP of operations , CIO and CMO at Sprouts Farmers Markets. Before that, he was VP of operations, VP of IT and marketing at Sunflower Farmers Market, and acted as the transitional executive leader during the Sprouts/Sunflower merger. He will be responsible for leading teams delivering 2015 expansion plans and developing other leaders, with an eye toward the retailer's customer service-driven goals. Press release
> Lululemon has named Stuart Haselden as its new CFO, anticipated to be effective Feb. 2. He will report to CEO Laurent Potdevin. Haselden has 15 years of executive leadership experience at global apparel retailers including J. Crew and Saks. Most recently he served as CFO and executive VP for J. Crew, as well as the company's principal accounting officer. Press release
>Oracle Retail announced it has hired former IBM executive Jill Puleri as VP and general manager. Puleri has 20 years of experience in the retail industry, and most recently served as Retail Industry Leader for IBM Global Business Services. She will be responsible for leading the Oracle Retail Global Business Unit and will report to Mike Webster, Oracle's senior VP and general manger for retail and hospitality. Press release