Chutes & Ladders: Walgreens Boots gets new board member, RichRelevance names two new execs for data/personalization

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.


> Walgreens Boots Alliance announced that U.S. Foods President and CEO John Lederer has been named to its board of directors. He assumed his current role for U.S. Foods in September 2010, having previously been chairman and CEO of Duane Reade. He also held several senior leadership positions during the course of a 30-year career with Loblaw. His election to the Walgreens Boots Alliance board comes as part of a provision of the Nomination and Support Agreement the company entered into with Jana Partners LLC in September of last year, which stipulated that Jana would recommend a new independent director to be approved by Walgreens Boots Alliance. Story


> Omnichannel personalization company RichRelevance announced that it is naming two new executives with the aim of building out its data, analytics and retail personalization expertise. Mahesh Tyagarajan (left) will become chief product officer, while John Dickson has been named VP of client services. Tyagarajan joins the company from Walmart, where he was head of the global e-commerce platform at Walmart Labs and drew up the roadmap for modernization of its retail technology systems. Dickson previously held several senior executive roles at software companies. At RichRelevance he will drive expansion of the company's position as a dominant provider of large-scale omnichannel personalization deployments globally. Story


> Deckers Brands named Wendy Yang as the new Teva brand president, where she will design and lead Teva's global brand strategy and report directly to President Dave Powers. The change is effective May 1, 2015. She joins the company from New Balance, where she served as general manager for women's training, lifestyle and walking since 2012. Between 2009 and 2012 she acted as general manager of wellness. Before that she also held senior leadership roles with Stride Rite, Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger Footwear and Reebok. Press release

> Kroger has appointed Marlene Stewart, currently VP of merchandising at QFC, as president for the company's Dillons division. She takes the place of Joe Grieshaber, who recently became president of Kroger's Columbus division. She began her career with Kroger in 1977 as a bagger in the Cincinnati division, working full-time while attending the University of Cincinnati. She served in several leadership roles there, including store and district managing, training and merchandising. She was named director of operations for the mid-Atlantic division in 2005 before becoming VP of operations in 2007, assuming her current role in 2011. Press release

> Ralph Lauren promoted Christopher Peterson to president of global brands, a new position to which global brand presidents, the CFO, global real estate and investor relations will report. Peterson has been with the company since 2012, when he joined from Proctor and Gamble where he served in various senior corporate and operational roles. He will continue to report to the company's chairman and CEO. Story

> Weis Markets announced that Michelle Dorin has been named director of dairy, frozen, specialty foods and beer, while Maria Panko has been promoted to director of marketing and private brands. Dorin was previously director of pricing, and in her new role will oversee the company's category management and sales building programs for dairy, frozen, beer, specialty food, including organic, gluten-free and natural. She will report to Kevin Broe, VP of center store sales and merchandising. Panko was previously senior private brands manager, and will now oversee marketing programs including loyalty marketing, digital and social media in addition to her private brand responsibilities. She will report to Brian Holt, VP of marketing. Story