Former Dollar General exec returns as CMO

Dollar General is bringing back another former executive, Jim Thorpe, who was senior VP and general merchandise manager from May 2006 until his retirement in July 2012. Thorpe is now Dollar General's exec-VP and chief merchandising officer.

This news comes after a flurry of executive changes for the company this summer, including five internal promotions and the return of another former Dollar General employee, Jeff Own, exec-VP of store operations, in June.

"Jim is an accomplished merchant who has a strong understanding of our core customer and a passion for our business," said CEO Todd Vasos, who shifted from COO to CEO in late May. "Given his proven track record, we are excited for him to return to Dollar General."

Before Thorpe started at Dollar General, he served in positions of increasing responsibility for Sears from 1991 to 2006 and was VP and general merchandising manager, Hard Home of Sears Home Group, immediately before joining Dollar General.

He also worked as a marketing program manager at Zenith Data Systems after starting his career at The Maxima Corporation.

During his retirement, Thorpe was president of management consulting firm JW Thorpe & Associates.

Thorpe will replace David D'Arrezzo, who is leaving the company after 20 months as exec-VP and CMO.  Press Release