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.
> Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores announced that CEO and President Bruce Johnson will leave the company on August 1, 2015, by mutual agreement with the company's board of directors. Thus, he won't stand for re-election to the board at the company's May 27 annual meeting, but will continue to serve on the board until then. Sears has begun the search for a new CEO and has retained the services of Heidrick & Struggles, a global executive search firm, to assist in its efforts to identify and evaluate external and internal candidates. Johnson has served as director, CEO and president of the company since July 2012. Before that, he was executive VP from February 2011 to July 2012, interim CEO and president from February 2008 to February 2011, and was previously executive VP of supply chain and operations for Sears Holdings. Story
> TJX Companies, home of TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, Marshalls and Sierra Trading Post, announced that Chairman of the Board Ben Cammarata has decided to retire, effective June 11, 2015, after 40 years with the company. The board plans to elect CEO Carol Meyrowitz as its new director, while Cammarata will remain with the company as founder and executive advisor. Meyrowitz has acted as CEO since 2007 and has been a director since 2006. Cammarata has been chairman since 1999 and founded TJ Maxx in 1976. He was president of the retailer until 1987 when he became CEO of TJX, a position he held for 13 years. Meyrowitz joined the company in 1983 and has served as CEO since January 2007. She previously acted as senior executive VP of TJX and president of The Marmaxx Group. Story
> HSN, Inc. announced the appointment of John Aylward as executive VP and chief marketing officer for HSN. He will be tasked with developing the brand and overseeing integrated marketing, omnichannel marketing and creative, while reporting to Bill Brand, president of HSN and chief marketing officer of HSN, Inc. Aylward served most recently as senior VP and head of marketing, brand engagement and media for DSW, before which he spent two years as VP of marketing for Starbucks' premium tea division, Teavana. He also spent seven years with Gap, starting out as senior brand manager for Gap Europe, before moving on to become director of marketing strategy for Gap North America and brand director for Gap Europe. He also worked with Sony before his time with Gap: He was senior manager of marketing communications for Sony Europe. Story
> Rite Aid announced the appointment of Steve Rempel to the role of senior VP and CIO of the company. He will be tasked with looking after all parts of the retailer's technology and information operations, such as computer systems, network infrastructure, telecommunications and data security, reporting to Senior Executive VP and Chief Administrative Officer Frank Vitrano. Rempel was previously CIO, president and CEO for Balance Innovations, where he oversaw the company's technology strategy and provided strategic, financial and operational direction. He began his career at Safeway, where he spent 35 years in various roles—including group VP of application development, in which he was responsible for all aspects of the information technology applications process. Story
> Staples has named Peter Scala executive VP of merchandising, effective immediately. He will also be a member of the office supply retailer's executive committee, reporting to Demos Parneros, president of North American stores and online. He fills the role vacated by Mike Edwards, who resigned to pursue other interests. Scala most recently served as senior VP of merchandising, online marketplace, taking the lead on the company's quick expansion of product assortment for small and mid-size business customers. Before that, he filled several leadership positions in merchandising such as senior VP/general merchandising manager technology and senior VP of technology innovation. Story