Chutes & Ladders: Starbucks names former Microsoft exec COO, Sears announces new head of Kmart pharmacy

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.


> Starbucks appointed Kevin Johnson as president and COO, effective March 1. Johnson has been a board member at the coffee chain since 2009, but will now report to CEO Howard Schultz. He will lead the company's global operating business across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and China and Asia Pacific, along with supply chain, information technology, and mobile and digital platforms. He was previously CEO of Juniper Networks from September 2008 through December 2013, and before that served as president of the Platforms Division at Microsoft. Press release


>  Sears Holdings named Phil Keough as the new senior VP and president of its Kmart pharmacy division. He comes to Sears from his role as CEO and president of Millennium Pharmacy Systems, where he spearheaded the company's sale to PharMerica. Keough will be tasked with leading the Kmart pharmacy business as well as improving Shop Your Way member engagement to enable online and in-store growth of the health and wellness businesses. Before his role with Millennium, Keough held senior positions at CVS Health and Rite Aid, acting as senior VP of pharmacy operations for six years. Story

> Mark Verdi has left his role as president at C&S Wholsale Grocers after less than a year. Rick Cohen, CEO for the wholesale company, will take over day-to-day operations. Verdi joined C&S from Bain Capital in March 2014. During his 10 months with the company, he led acquisitions of Associated Wholesalers Inc. and Grocers Supply Co. Story

> Hertz announced that Thomas Sabatino Jr. has been named senior executive VP, chief administrative officer and general counsel, effective Feb. 9. He will be responsible for legal, compliance, human resources, labor relations, communications, government affairs, community relations, real estate, facilities and security. Sabatino joins the company from Walgreens Boots Alliance, where he most recently served as executive VP, global legal and chief administrative officer. Before that, he worked at United Airlines and Schering-Plough as executive VP and general counsel, and as general counsel for Baxter International and American Medical International. Story

> Apparel manufacturer and marketer Kellwood announced that Joseph Lombardi will take over the role of CEO, effective immediately. Lombardi originally joined Kellwood in 2013 as CFO. Lombardi succeeds Lynn Shanahan, who has left the company to take back the helm at strategic brand building company C2 Group. He has more than three decades of experience across several sectors of the retail industry, including apparel. Before joining Kellwood, Lombardi was CFO for Barnes & Noble, where he was responsible for strategic planning and development to focus on growth opportunities and investment returns. Story

PCC Natural Markets announced Cate Hardy's appointment to CEO, effective Jan. 23. Hardy has 15 years of experience in retail, serving in general management, retail operations, supply chain, growth and store development, and strategy roles. Before joining PCC, she was with Starbucks for nine years, most recently in the position of VP of operations. She also held VP roles for global commercialization, customer service and global store development, as well as director positions in store development and strategy for the coffee chain. Press release

> Proctor & Gamble has promoted David Taylor to oversee the company's beauty business as president of global beauty, grooming and health care. Already group president of global health and grooming, the new business will double Taylor's responsibilities at P&G, and set him up as the front-runner to succeed A.G. Lafley as chairman, president and CEO. Deb Henretta, P&G's group president of global beauty and Taylor's rival for the CEO position, is expected to fill the new role of group president of global e-business. Story

Walmart announced several executive changes, including that Jane Ewing, senior VP, business development, Walmart U.S., will lead the next generation stock-up; Jeff McAllister, senior VP, Walmart Innovations, will lead the next generation supply chain; and Latriece Watkins, senior VP, snacks and beverages, Walmart U.S., will lead the ways of working work stream. Laura Phillips, senior VP, entertainment, Walmart U.S., will also take on the role of senior VP, omnichannel assortments; Greg Hall, senior VP, hardlines for Walmart U.S., was named senior VP, entertainment, Walmart U.S. and Terry Price will replace him after he rejoins the company from a hiatus with Tesco. Story