Executive Moves: Bealls, Express, Coldwater Creek

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Bealls Inc. Makes Love President, Promotes Three Others

Bradenton, FL—Bealls Inc. this week elevated Dan Love, chief financial officer, to president.

Love is only the second person named as president in the last 13 years. Until now, Steve Knopik, who became chief executive officer in 2006 after eight years as president, has been doing both jobs for the past five years.

“I am extremely enthused about this promotion, and look forward to working closely with Dan as we tackle the challenges that face our business now and into the future,” Knopik said.

Love, 48, joined Bealls in June 2006, after tenures with L.L. Bean and other companies. He will be responsible for Bealls’ administration and distribution.

In other promotions, Dick Judd becomes executive vice president and chief operating officer, an expanded role in which he will be responsible for distribution, transportation, logistics, risk management, loss prevention, maintenance and facilities and inventory control.

Judd, who joined the company in November 2005 after a career with Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., had worked as the COO of the chain’s department and outlet store divisions.

Dan Doyle was named senior vice president and chief human resources officer. In that role, he will take over recruiting and development training. Doyle came to Bealls following positions with upscale department store chains Marshall Fields and Lord & Taylor.

Kirk Van Zee has been promoted to senior vice president of store operations and real estate for Bealls’ department store division, after working with outlet stores in Western states. VanZee has worked for the Macy’s and May Department Stores.

Thomas Williams has joined the company’s department store division as vice president of planning and allocation. Previously, he had worked for Bob’s Stores, a chain of discount stores inNew England, Gantos, Mervyn’s, and others.

Earlier this year, the company hired Lorna Nagler, a retail veteran with Christopher & Banks, and others, to run the chain’s department store division.

Express Names Matthew Moellering as COO

Columbus, OH—Express Inc. promoted Matthew Moellering to the newly created position of chief operating officer.

Moellering, who was previously was chief administration officer and chief financial officer, has served in various financial positions with Limited Brands and Procter & Gamble. Prior to that, he was an officer in the United States Army.

“Throughout his tenure at Express, Matt has made significant contributions to the success and growth of our business, including leading the company through our IPO in May of 2010,” said Michael Weiss, president/ceo. “As Chief Operating Officer, Matt’s notable experience and perspective will enhance his oversight of the day-to-day operations of the business and allow him to focus more time on continuing to advance our four pillars of growth, particularly all of the operational requirements needed for international expansion.”

D. Paul Dascoli was also named Moellering’s successor as chief financial officer. Dascoli will join Express on Sept. 26 from VF Corp.’s VF Jeanswear LP division, where he was chief financial officer. He has nearly 30 years experience in financial leadership positions and also serves on Stanley Furniture Co.’s board.

Coldwater Creek Appoints Claudia Runkel to Head All Sourcing

Sandpoint, ID– Coldwater Creek Inc. announced that Claudia Runkel will join the company on October 3 as Senior Vice President of Sourcing. Runkel will be responsible for all aspects of the Coldwater Creek’s global sourcing initiatives and will report to Jill Dean, president and chief merchandising officer.

Previously, Runkel was with Warnaco, where she was senior vice president of global sourcing, product development, and technical services, a position she has held for six years. Prior to that, she was vice president, global sourcing of sportswear for Sara Lee Branded Apparel from 1997 to 2005. Previously, she held senior level positions forWilson’s Leather and Mast Industries. Runkel began her career as a merchant at Denver Dry Goods and Joske’s.

Runkel “brings extensive experience in developing and executing comprehensive sourcing strategies, which we believe will be invaluable to us as we work to optimize our direct sourcing penetration, broaden our vendor and country of origin base, and improve our speed to market,” Dean said.



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