Chutes & Ladders: Walmart has new health and wellness SVP; Kroger exec retires

Welcome to this week's Chutes and Ladders, our roundup of hirings and firings throughout the industry. Please send the good word--or the bad--from your shop to Nicole Melton at [email protected] and we will feature it here at the end of each week.


Walmart announced that Labeed Diab will take over as SVP and president, health and wellness at the company, filling the role vacated after Dr. John Agwunobi left. Previously he served as SVP pharmacy operations for Walmart's Midwest division. Press release






Kroger announced that Senior Vice President Robert "Pete" Williams will retire in May after 37 years with the company. Williams joined Kroger in 1977 right after graduating from college and has held his current position since 2007. His replacement has yet to be named. Press release






Jim D. Fielding has resigned as chief executive officer at Claire's Stores Inc. He has been replaced by Beatrice Lafon, who was president of Claire's Europe. Press release

Jeffrey Gennette has been named Macy's president after five years as chief merchandising officer there. He will report to Terry Lundgren and will stay in New York. Story

Starting April 14, Jim Gold will act as president, chief merchandising officer for Neiman Marcus stores and online, and will lead a new integrated merchant and planning team. He joined the company in 1991 and previously served as president pf specialty retail. Story

Neiman Marcus also expanded John Koryl's role to president of both stores and online. He joined the company in 2011 and was previously president of Neiman Marcus online. Story

Office Depot named Juliet Johansson as exec-VP and chief strategy officer. She was most recently senior VP, global commercial business for dental implant manufacturer Biomet 3i, and will be tasked with developing and driving the office supply retailer's post-merger strategy. Story

Denim brand True Religion has named John Anderson and Marka Hansen to its board of directors. Anderson spent 32 years at Levi Strauss & Co. and served as president and CEO, while Hansen spent 24 years at Gap and was president of Gap North America. Press Release