Chutes & Ladders: Target digital VP resigns; Kroger corporate affairs VP to retire

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.

> Alan Wizemann, VP of product for Target.com and mobile, announced plans to leave the company. Wizemann led the team that created Target's Cartwheel coupon app, which has generated $1 billion in sales. Target had not made a formal announcement, but Wizemann notified his team earlier this week, according to Re/Code. He has been with Target since 2012, when he started as a consultant for the Cartwheel team, then later became VP of Target.com and mobile. The news of Wizemann's departure comes at a time when CEO Brian Cornell announced driving digital sales growth via omnichannel experience as the No. 1 priority for the company in 2015, giving technology a $1 billion budget. Story

> Lynn Marmer, group VP of corporate affairs for Kroger, is retiring in early 2016. She has worked for Kroger for 18 years, starting as a senior attorney in the legal department in 1997. Marmer was the first female corporate officer at Kroger when she was appointed to VP of corporate affairs, just one year after starting at the company. She also serves as the president of The Kroger Foundation. In her role, Marmer oversaw brand and reputation management; external communications; media; government and regulatory affairs; corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability; community relations; crisis management; cause-marketing and corporate philanthropy. She is also active in nearly a dozen nonprofit boards and civic problem-solving groups. Story

> A former Walmart executive, Jack Sinclair, was named chief merchandising officer of 99 Cents Only Stores, effective immediately. In his new role, Sinclair will be responsible for all merchandising and marketing functions across 99 Cents Only Stores. Sinclair has been Walmart's exec-VP of its U.S. grocery division for the past seven years, a time in which Walmart's grocery business grew substantially by focusing on local assortment and fresh foods. His retirement was announced in March 2015 when Walmart began shifting executive roles in the grocery division. Story

Specialty sports retailer City Sports announced Marty Hanaka as its new CEO, replacing Eddie Albertian who left in June. Hanaka has 40 years of experience in retail and served on the City Sports' board of directors since 2008. For the past year, Hanaka has served as an operating partner at the Highland Consumer Fund, which acquired City Sports in 2008. He was also the former chairman and CEO of Golfsmith International Holdings, Inc.; chairman and CEO of Sports Authority; and interim CEO for Guitar Center, Inc. Hanaka has worked for over 12 companies, both public and private, including a trustee role for the National Board of Governors of the Boys and Girls Club of America. Story

Licensed sports merchandise retailer Fanatics added Karen Ruby to its executive team as senior VP of human resources, reporting directly to CEO Doug Mack. She will be responsible for all human resources programs, recruiting and retention, career development, performance management, and compensation and benefits. Ruby has nearly 20 years of experience in the field, serving most recently as Amazon's director of human resources for its digital device business for the past seven years. She led a multi-site human resources team across several departments including marketing, off-line retail, product management, business development and design. Story

Foot Locker has named Pawan Verma as senior VP and CIO to replace 38-year veteran Peter Brown, who retired in April. Verma will be responsible for leading Foot Locker's global information technology functions and infrastructure, and providing a vision to align technology with strategic business initiatives. He joins Foot Locker from Target, where has worked since 2013 as VP, digital and marketing technologies and services platforms. Foot Locker's new CIO has experience in retail systems strategy, design, and implementation, as well as background in e-commerce, mobile and retail software development at Convergys Corporation and Verizon Wireless. Press Release

Mobile technology and location-based solutions provider Gimbal has named Jeff Russakow president and CEO. Russakow replaces Rocco Fabiano, who will continue at Gimbal as chairman. Fabiano led Gimbal through a successful transition out of Qualcomm in 2014 and also helped establish the company's early market leadership. As president and CEO, Russakow will work with global customers, partners, employees and the executive team to advance Gimbal's position in the proximity-based mobile engagement industry. Russakow has more than 20 years of experience in executive management, most recently as CEO of Findly, a growth SaaS company, and as executive chairman of Symphony Advanced Media. He was also the former exec-VP and chief customer officer at Yahoo and has held senior positions at SAP, Adobe and Symantec. Story

 

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