Chutes & Ladders: Walgreens names CEO; Barnes & Noble shifts top execs

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 Allison Moon at [email protected] and we will feature it here at the end of each week.

> Walgreens Boots Alliance named Stefano Pessina as CEO, reporting directly to James Skinner, executive chairman. Pessina had been acting as CEO since January. The CEO position was left vacant by Greg Wasson, who announced his retirement in December, just before Walgreens' acquisition of Alliance Boots was completed. Pessina is Walgreens largest shareholder, owning 16 percent of the combined company, the Chicago Tribune reported. Pessina led the merger of Walgreens and Boots Alliance, which created the first global pharmacy-led, health and well-being enterprise. His involvement in the pharmacy industry began in the 1970s when he restructured his family's pharmaceutical wholesale business and used it to acquire several other pharmaceutical businesses. He created Alliance UniChem, a U.K business, and by 2006 had successfully merged Alliance UniChem and Boots Group PLC to form Alliance Boots. Story

> The president and CEO of Sears Canada, Ronald Boire (left), will be leaving the company to join Barnes & Noble as CEO of the retail business, effective September 8, 2015. Boire spent less than a year as Sears Canada's president and CEO, and previously served as exec-VP, chief merchandising officer and president at Sears and Kmart. Boire's predecessor, Douglas Campbell, similarly only spent one year as CEO of Sears Canada. Prior to his time with Sears Holdings, Boire was president and CEO of Brookstone, Best Buy and Sony Electronics. Story

Barnes & Noble also announced that Michael Huseby, current CEO, will become executive chairman of Barnes & Noble Education after the company's planned separation of college and retail. Huseby has been with Barnes & Noble since 2012 and previously served as CFO, president and CEO of Nook Digital. Lastly, Barnes & Noble promoted Jaime Carey from chief merchandising officer to COO, effective immediately. Carey has been with the company since 2003, starting as director of Newsstand and later promoted to VP. Story

Furniture and mattress retailer Conn's named Thomas Moran as CFO, effective July 27. Moran joins Conn's after serving as exec-VP and CFO for boating supply retailer West Marine,  since 2013. He was senior VP and CFO at West Marine from January 2007 until his promotion to exec-VP. Moran was also CFO at the Wearguard-Crest Division of Aramark. Conn's interim CFO since December 2014, Mark Haley, will continue at the company as VP and chief accounting officer. "We are excited to have Tom join our team," said Theodore Wright, Conn's CEO and chairman. "His background in the retail industry, as well as his wealth of financial and public company experience, will provide a valuable addition to our senior leadership team. Press Release

Crate & Barrel named Doug Diemoz CEO, effective August 1. Diemoz is leaving his chief development officer position at Restoration Hardware to join Crate & Barrel. Adrian Mitchell has been interim CEO for the company since former CEO Sascha Bopp was pushed out of the position. Diemoz has nearly 20 years of experience as a retail executive and held leadership positions at Williams-Sonoma for nine years, Gap and international fashion brand Mexx, where served as CEO. In his new role as CEO for Crate & Barrel, he will report to Neela Montgomery, chairwoman of the board. Diemoz will also be a member of the board. Story

> Apparel retailer Express promoted Perry Pericleous from VP of finance to senior VP, CFO and treasurer, reporting to Matthew Moellering, exec-VP and COO. Pericleous takes the place of Paul Dascoli, who has left the company. Pericleous has been with Express for 15 years. He joined in 1999 in financial reporting and has served in positions with increasing responsibility in both finance and accounting. "Perry is a natural choice for the chief financial officer position at Express given his deep knowledge of our business and financials, his strong leadership skills and proven track record of performance during his 15 year tenure at our company," David Kornberg, Express president and CEO said. "I also want to thank Paul for his many contributions since joining Express in the fall of 2011." Story

HSN hired Alicia Valencia as senior VP of beauty, giving her responsibility for the company's innovation in beauty merchandising, product development, planning and programming strategies. She is expected to strengthen HSN's competitive positions and grow product offerings. Valencia has 30 years of experience in the beauty industry and joins HSN from Estee Lauder where she managed and developed the following brands: Estee Lauder, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Crème de La Mar and Jo Malone London. She served as VP and general manager, North America for Bobbi Brown for the past two years and as VP, global education, artistry and events of Bobbi Brown for three years prior. In total, Valencia spent 20 years at Estee Lauder. Story

> Rite Aid created a new position, VP of risk and controls, then hired Paul Zikmund to fill the role. He will oversee the risk management program for Rite Aid and its subsidiaries, RediClinic, Health Dialog and EnvisionRX. Zikmund joins Rite Aid after being the director of global ethics and compliance at Bunge, a global agribusiness and food company, where he implemented the company's fraud, ethics and compliance risk management programs. Prior to Bunge, Zikmund worked in management positions at Tyco International, SolomonEdwards and Deloitte & Touche, totaling nearly 30 years of overall experience in risk management. Zikmund will start his position at Rite Aid immediately and he will report to Bellezza. Story

> Specialty grocer Sprouts Farmers Market made two executive changes. First, Shawn Gensch will be chief marketing officer as part of the executive leadership team, reporting directly to president and CEO Doug Sanders. Gensch has nearly 25 years of experience in marketing and finance in the retail industry and finanacial services realm. Prior to joining Sprouts, he co-founded a consumer loyalty start-up company, where he was also CEO. Gensch also worked for Target as senior VP of marketing and, earlier, as president of Target Bank. The second announcement names Dan Sanders as Sprouts' exec-VP of store opertaions, reporting to COO Jim Nielsen. Sanders has 25 years of experience in supermarket operations. He was division president for Supervalu for three years and spent 10 years working for United Supermarkets of Texas, where he became CEO. Press Release