Chutes & Ladders: Walgreens CIO steps down, Dollar General names new CEO

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 announced that Executive VP and Global CIO Tim Theriault (left) will be stepping down June 1, for personal reasons. He will continue serving as a consultant to the company and as a senior advisor to Stefano Pessina, executive vice chairman and acting CEO, on issues such as cyber security. Anthony Roberts, previously senior VP and international CIO, will be promoted to senior VP and global CIO. Roberts has years of experience in IT for major brands, including PepsiCo and UPS. He was also responsible for the IT transformation of Alliance Boots and led the integration office that set the stage for the merger with Walgreens. Press release



> Dollar General has announced that COO Todd Vasos will be named CEO and become a member of the board, effective June 3, 2015. He succeeds Chairman and CEO Rick Dreiling, who announced his retirement in June of 2014. Dreiling will continue as a member of the board and serve as senior advisor and chairman of the board until January 29, 2016. Vasos joined the company in December 2009 as executive VP, division president and chief merchandising officer, and was promoted to COO in November 2013. Before that, he spent seven years at Longs Drugs, holding positions that included executive VP and COO, as well as senior VP and chief merchandising officer. In those roles he was responsible for pharmacy and front-end marketing, merchandising, procurement, supply chain, advertising, store development, store layout and space allocation, and the operation of three distribution centers. Story


> Hudson's Bay announced that Dan Caspersen will become the company's new executive VP of human resources, taking the role previously filled by Stephen Cerrone. Caspersen will report to the office of the chairman, consisting of Executive Chairman and Governor Richard Baker and CEO Jerry Storch. Before joining Hudson's Bay, Caspersen was senior VP of human resources for the Miami Dolphins. He previously led global human resources at Toys R Us, where he was tasked with overseeing staffing, employee relations, training, development, compensation and benefits for the chain in more than 20 countries. He also worked for Target for 25 years developing cross-company human resources practices. Story

> The Katz Group announced that Jürgen Schreiber will become the CEO of Rexall Health, a new banner that will house all of the group's health-related companies, including Rexall/Rexall Pharma Plus, Medicentres Canada and Claimsecure. Schreiber has years of experience in executive roles for global retail pharmacy companies, most recently serving as president and CEO of Edcon Group, before which he held the same role for Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada for four years. His position will become effective in August 2015. Press release

> Ohio-based Riesbeck Food Markets announced this week that it has appointed Jay Ropietski as VP of retail, a new role at the company. Ropietski has 32 years of experience in the retail food industry, having previously served as regional VP of store operations for Weis Markets in Sunbury, Pennsylvannia. Before that, he worked with Price Chopper Supermarkets. Riesbeck currently owns and operates 15 stores in Ohio and West Virginia. Story

> has announced that Geoff Henshaw will join the company as VP of retail and brand. He comes to the company after spending two years in Sydney, Australia, with Coastal Contacts as its managing director for Australia and New Zealand. While at Coastal Contacts, Henshaw served in several positions including managing director, in which he was responsible for business strategy and marketing efforts, as well as senior regional manager of commonwealth, in which he oversaw acquisitions, engagement and retention efforts. In his new position he will be tasked with building out the company's retail strategy and contributing to its efforts to further build the brand. Story

> Discount retailer 99 Cents Only Stores announced that Andrew Giancamilli, currently chairman of the board, will take over as interim president and CEO. He replaces Stéphane Gonthier, who has resigned from the role. Giancamilli has been a member of the board since 2012 and has served as chairman since April 20, 2015. He has more than 30 years of experience with leadership positions for big retailers, specifically a tenure as president and CEO of Katz Group Canada lasting more than 8 years, and a tenure as president and COO of Kmart. Story