Executive Moves: Ross Stores, Deckers, Vera Bradley, RG Barry

Ross Stores Appoints Michael Hartshorn Chief Financial Officer

Dublin, CA—Ross Stores Inc. announced that Michael Hartshorn, 46, is being promoted to chief financial officer, retaining his senior vice president title, effective Feb. 2. Hartshorn will be responsible for the accounting, treasury, financial planning, tax, risk management and investor relations functions. He will continue to report to John Call, group senior vice president, finance and legal, and corporate secretary.

“Michael is a very talented executive with 24 years of broad-based financial experience. He joined our company 14 years ago and has held various management positions in our Finance, IT and supply chain organizations, most recently as senior vice president and deputy chief financial officer,” said Michael Balmuth, vice chairman/ceo. “His strong management skills, financial expertise, and in-depth knowledge of our business will be valuable assets in his new role. Michael will continue to work closely with John Call, who has been our CFO for the past 16 years and who will continue in his senior leadership role, overseeing our finance and legal functions. Our Company will continue to benefit from the proven leadership and financial expertise of these two exceptional executives.”

Vera Bradley Names Sue Fuller Chief Merchandising Officer

Fort Wayne, IN—Vera Bradley recently named Sue Fuller as a new chief merchandising officer.

In this newly created position, Fuller will build and communicate a vision for Vera Bradley’s growth through line and brand extensions. As a senior leader in charge of the brand’s direction and execution, she will ensure the consistency of Vera Bradley’s brand DNA.

Fuller brings more than 15 years of merchandising experience with several well-respected retailers including Polo Ralph Lauren, Land’s End, L.L. Bean and Kohl’s Department Stores, and, most recently, she served as senior vice president/general merchandise manager at Carhartt, Inc. Fuller holds an undergraduate degree from Johnson and Wales University and earned her Executive MBA from the University of Wisconsin.

Robert Wallstrom, Vera Bradley’s chief executive, said, “I believe Sue’s talent and passion will bring more discipline to our merchandising process. Her broad experience across various merchandise categories and price points added to our strong design organization will help us strengthen our current assortments, grow revenues and deliver solid margin results while further engaging our customer.”

Deckers Outdoor Announces New Senior Management Positions

Goleta, CA—Deckers Outdoor Corp. a footwear, apparel and accessories company, today announced company, three new senior management positions, reflecting the growth and diversification of the company’s global business.

Dave Powers, currently president, Global Direct-to-Consumer (DTC), has been promoted to president of Omni-Channel, reporting to the chief executive. In addition to continuing to oversee Deckers’ domestic DTC operations, he will also oversee all wholesale, distributor, retail and e-commerce in Deckers’ international regions.

As part of the Deckers’ strategic focus to strengthen consumer relationships, the company has also initiated an executive search for a president of Brands. Reporting to the chief executive, the position will entail oversight of Deckers’ multi-brand portfolio, including working directly with each of the brand presidents to drive best practices in merchandising, design and development, as well as effective global brand marketing across all channels, to grow global market share and increase profitability.

The company also announced the promotion of Constance X. Rishwain, president, UGG Australia to the additional role of group president–Fashion & Lifestyle Brands. Expanding on her previous responsibilities, her new role will focus on continuing to build the $1 billion+ UGG Australia brand, further evolve the Tsubo brand, and oversee any fashion and lifestyle brands the company potentially adds to its portfolio in the future.

RG Barry Brands Names New Foot Petals Chief, E-Commerce Director

Pickerington, OH—RG Barry Brands has named Jeff Cosgrove to head its Foot Petals business unit, effective immediately.

Cosgrove has most recently served as the company’s vice president, Sales & Merchandising and Off-Price Channel Sales.

“Jeff has filled several critical sales and merchandising roles with us since joining our team in November 2008, and we believe he is the right leader to drive continued growth in our comfort insert business while aligning that business with the vast changes currently taking place in the retail marketplace,” said Greg Tunney, president/ceo.

Cosgrove brings extensive senior level management experience to his new role including stints as executive vice president of Easy Spirit brand Sales and Operations at US Shoe and executive vice president marketing and sales while at Rockport. He also held sales positions with Wolverine Worldwide and Brown Shoe.

In another appointment, digital marketing veteran Heather Richard was named director e-commerce.

Richard will be responsible for strategy and management of RG Barry’s online initiatives, including multi-brand direct web store operations, online marketing and overall ecommerce channel growth.

She most recently served as director interactive marketing for Gourmet Food and Gift Baskets with 1-800-Flowers and has been involved in building the online presence of brands including Sears, Kmart, 1-800-BASKETS, Fannie May, Cheryl’s, The Popcorn Factory, Lerner, Layne Bryant, Mazda, US Cellular, UPS and La-Z-Boy.

“We are very excited that Heather will be guiding what we view as one of the fastest-growing and most important areas of our future business,” said Tunney. “We recognize that we must drive digital growth not only on our own websites, but also on the many other platforms selling our brands.”

 

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