Kirkland’s President/CEO Resigns

Kirkland’s President, CEO and Director W. Michael Madden has resigned, effective immediately. Michael B. Cairnes, EVP and COO, was named Acting CEO while the home décor retailer’s board conducts a search for a permanent replacement. Madden will serve as an Employee-Advisor to the board until June 30, 2018.

Cairnes has been with Kirkland’s since November 2016, overseeing marketing, e-Commerce, merchandising, planning and allocation, store and supply chain operations. Cairnes was previously with Michael’s Stores, where he served concurrently as President of Aaron’s Brothers and President of Artistree.

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Shopgate Creates VP Strategy And Solutions Role

Mike Haze

Mike HazeShopgate has appointed Michael Haze to the newly created position of VP of Strategy and Solutions. Haze will work with retailers to enhance the mobile shopping experience and expand the Software as a Service (SaaS) platform’s functionality, with tools including loyalty programs and in-store augmented reality (AR) capabilities.

Haze previously worked at Kibo Commerce as VP of Commerce Strategy and Solutions, where he was the leader of the solution engineering team. He also has served as VP of Product and Strategy Solutions at Mozu, where he created, built and executed strategic solutions for clients and partners.

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Symphony RetailAI Names VP Personalized Marketing

Symphony RetailAI has appointed Mike Bristol as VP Personalized Marketing. Bristol will be tasked with bringing to market the solution provider’s personalized marketing solutions, which help retailers better target customers with relevant, timely and personalized offers using artificial intelligence (AI).

Prior to joining Symphony RetailAI, Bristol was the Chief Revenue Officer at Endowance Solutions. He has more than 20 years of experience in customer relationship management in product management, sales and consulting roles for enterprise software companies including Ellucian, Infor, SAP, Baan and Aurum Software.

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Neiman Marcus Names New CFO

Neiman Marcus has appointed Adam Orvos as CFO, effective April 25. Orvos will lead finance, accounting, properties, capital planning and spend management functions, reporting directly to CEO Geoffroy van Raemdonck. Dale Stapleton, Interim CFO since June 2017, will continue in his capacity as Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer.

Orvos has worked in retail since 1987, most recently as CEO at Total Wine & More. His prior experience includes CFO roles at Belk Department Stores and the Foley’s division of May Stores.

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0aajetsimonAs the online grocery wars rage on, Walmart’s has named its next president, former Tesco and Ocado exec Simon Belsham. The move indicates that the online retailer is following in its parent company’s footsteps and placing a greater emphasis on grocery sales for growth.

Belsham will oversee all operations, including grocery and general merchandise, and join Walmart’s U.S. e-Commerce leadership team, according to an internal email sent by Marc Lore, head of Walmart’s e-Commerce business. He will start March 26, report to Lore and be based at Jet’s Hoboken, N.J. headquarters, according to the note acquired by Reuters.

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Lowe’s CEO To Retire After Successor Is Named

Lowe’s has initiated the search for a successor to Robert Niblock, Chairman, CEO and President, who will retire after a replacement is named. Niblock has been with the company for 25 years, including 13 years as Chairman and CEO.

Under Niblock’s tenure Lowe’s acquired RONA, a Canada-based home improvement retailer, and Maintenance Supply Headquarters, a distributor of maintenance, repair and operations products for multifamily houses. Additionally, Lowe’s Innovation Labs, the retailer’s innovation hub, developed a Holoroom application that uses virtual reality to help customers visualize and design their home improvement projects.

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Tapestry Names Anna Bakst CEO Of Kate Spade

Anna Bakst

Anna BakstTapestry has appointed Anna Bakst as CEO and Brand President of Kate Spade. She will be responsible for all aspects of Kate Spade globally and will report to Victor Luis, CEO at Tapestry. Bakst succeeds Craig Leavitt, who left Kate Spade in 2017.

In her most recent position, Bakst served as Group President of Accessories and Footwear at Michael Kors. She led the global design, production and merchandising teams and oversaw domestic wholesale distribution. She also previously served as President of Accessories and Footwear at Donna Karan International.

“Anna’s focus on product innovation — notably in the key categories of accessories and footwear — will be a key pillar of the Kate Spade growth strategy,” Luis said in a statement. “Her deep experience in design, development and merchandising and her global consumer knowledge will be invaluable assets propelling Kate Spade’s next chapter of growth.”