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 Allison Moon at [email protected] and we will feature it here at the end of each week.
> Bryan Everett will join Rite Aid as exec-VP of store operations, responsible for almost 4,600 stores and reporting directly to president and CEO Ken Martindale. Everett comes to Rite Aid after working for Target since 2002, most recently as senior VP of store operations. The executive position at Rite Aid was left vacant by Bob Thompson, who is retiring in January 2016. Martindale commented on Thompson's time at Rite Aid, "He has been a key member of our management team that, along with our nearly 90,000 associates, has executed a successful turnaround and positioned Rite Aid for long-term growth. We appreciate his leadership and commitment to Rite Aid during this important time." At Target, Everett was responsible for talent management, operational efficiency and integrated technology solutions. He also led a new store format and remodeling program while overseeing pharmacy and clinic operations. Prior to Target, he served in store operations management roles at Fleming Wholesale and Aldi, Inc. Story
> Off-price retailer Tuesday Morning announced the resignation of Jeffrey Boyer, exec-VP, CFO and chief administrative officer. Boyer will officially leave the company on July 22 and join Pier 1 Imports on July 27 as exec-VP and CFO. Tuesday Morning has started a comprehensive search to replace Boyer with the aid of an executive search firm. At Pier 1 Imports, Boyer will be responsible for financial operations, financial reporting, planning and analysis, accounting, treasury, tax and investor relations.Boyer has over 35 years of experience in finance, including as CFO and COO at 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide prior to his stint at Tuesday Morning. He was also CFO at The Michaels Companies, had leadership positions at Sears and Kmart, and began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Story
> Steve Glucksman returned to Art Van Furniture on July 1 and will serve as VP, real estate, franchising and new business development. He previously held the senior VP of business development and store operations position at Art Van furniture from December 2009 to January 2014, then joined Ashley Furniture as exec-VP of stores and licensed operations. Glucksman has more than 25 years of experience in the retail industry. "I am ecstatic to welcome Steve back home to Art Van Furniture, especially at a time when our expansion throughout the Midwest is in full swing," said Van Elslander, founder and chairman of Art Van Furniture. "Steve is uniquely qualified. His deep knowledge and understanding of our company, our culture and our vision for the future allows him to jump in feet first to help us lead this charge." Press Release
> Jo-Ann Fabrics made two executive changes this week. Megan Featherson has been promoted from senior VP of merchandising to executive VP of merchandishing and marketing, responsible for merchandising, marketing, Joann.com and business intelligence and analytics. Featherson joined Jo-Ann in May 2014 and held prior positions at Haskell Jewels as executive VP of merchandising and in the fine jewelry division at Sears as president. She also served in leadership roles at Wilson Leather, Michaels and Payless ShoeSource (when owned by The May Company). The second announcement was the addition of Amy Parker as senior VP of marketing and advertising. Parker joins Jo-Ann from Pet Supplies Plus, where she was the chief marketing officer. She also was CMO at the home division of Sears. Parker also worked for Michaels, Toys R Us and other multi-unit chains in strategic marketing, brand, customer acquisition and engagement. Press Release
> Lululemon named a new exec-VP of digital, Miguel Almeida, who will join the team in mid-July and report directly to CEO Laurent Potdevin. Almeida joins the company after being group VP of digital commerce and mobile solutions at Walgreens. At Walgreens, Almeida was responsible for omnichannel initiatives, mobile solutions and online-to-consumer commerce across several brands. He has more than 15 years of experience in digital strategy overall, including leadership positions at Apple and Dell in global online expansion. Earlier in his career, Almeida was a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group, working in several different countries in technology, telecom, e-commerce, marketing and retail. Story