Chutes & Ladders: Urban Outfitters CEO steps down; Chico's FAS CEO 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 Drew Woolley at [email protected] and we will feature it here at the end of each week.


> Urban Outfitters has announced the departure of Ted Marlow, CEO of the Urban Outfitters brand, who indicated his plan to retire in August during a conference call. Marlow led the Urban Outfitters brand as its CEO two times in the past 15 years, first from 2001 to 2010, and then again from 2012 to 2015. His retail career includes a stint as CEO and president of Henri Bendel, as well as executive roles at Saks Fifth Avenue. Richard Hayne, CEO of Urban Outfitters, said Marlow anticipated a short second term as CEO of the Urban Outfitters brand. "When Ted returned to the business int he spring of 2012, he told me he only wanted to work for a few additional years," Hayne said. "There is no way any of us could have anticipated how tumultuous those three years would be for the brand, but, in true Ted Marlow style, he hunkered down, fought through adversity and came out on top. Story  


> Women's apparel retailer Chico's FAS announced that David Dyer has indicated plans to retire as president and CEO of the company at the conclusion of its 2015 fiscal year in spring of 2016. Dyer will retain his role until a successor is appointed and will remain on the board in the newly created role of vice chairman until his term ends in June 2016. "David will retire with the gratitude and best wishes from both the board of directors and all of the Chico's FAS associates," said non-executive chairman Ross Roeder. "From the moment he took the reins in early 2009, he led significant and positive changes on all fronts: merchandise, marketing and technology, while also accelerating our push into omnichannel and laying the foundation for global expansion. Dyer joined Chico's in 2007 and became the company's president and CEO in January of 2009. Press release


> Sydney Keiser, AKA Mayhem Keiser, is J.Crew's newest, youngest fashion designer. She is only 5 years old. Her new line, called "Little Mayhem," is the product of a blog she has been managing with the help of her mother, Angie Keiser. Mayhem began working with J. Crew when the company's creative director, Jenna Lyons, asked to collaborate with her and her mother in December. Mayhem's work thus farconsists of a series of colored paper dresses. The collection has garnered more than 480,000 Instagram followers, augmented by viral posts that her mother helps her make. Mayhem's creations are now available in J.Crew stores, and prices range from $50 to $80 for dresses, rompers and tops. Story

> Lumber Liquidators president and CEO Robert Lynch unexpectedly notified the company of his resignation from his position as president and CEO. The company intends to commence a national search for Lynch's replacement, and Thomas Sullivan, the company's founder, will serve as acting CEO in the interim. The company also announced that John Presley, the company's lead director, has been appointed non-executive chairman of the board. Both appointments are effective immediately, and the board has accepted Lynch's resignation as director of the company. Press Release

> AB Acquisition, which owns Albertson's LLC, New Albertson's Inc. and Safeway, announced that Mark Panzer has been appointed as the company's new senior VP of pharmacy, health and welness, effective immediately. Panzer will be charged with responsibility for 1,760 pharmacies in 34 states across the United States. He replaces Darren Singer, who has left the company. Panzer has 40 years of experience in the retail industry, having started his career at Osco Drug stores. After moving through several regional sales, marketing and operations roles, he served as district manager and director, as well as VP of sales and marketing at American Drug Stores. He has also held executive positions at Albertsons and Rite Aid, in addition to a tenure as president and CEO of Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy. Press Release

> Digimarc announced that former president and CEO of Albertsons, Richard King, has been named to the company's board. King has 45 years of experience in retail, consumer goods and food industry. King began his career with Albertsons in 1963, moving through management positions including a tenure as president and COO. He later acted as VP for Associated Food Stores., which supplies goods to more than 550 stores, and was president of two of the group's subsidiaries, Fresh Market and Associated Retail Stores. He replaces Peter Smith, who acted on Digimarc's board since April of 2000. Press Release

> Rent-A-Center announced the promotion of Jonathan Parks to VP of global logistics and distribution. Reporting to John Butler, Rent-A-Center's senior VP of supply chain, Parks is now responsible for the design, management and optimization of distribution and logistics operations both internationally and dometically. Parks joined Rent-A-Center in 2010 as a member of the strategic planning team and was quickly promoted to director of distribution and logistics. In 2014 Parks was promoted to senior director of distribution and logistics. Press Release