Kohl’s has named 30-year retail veteran Doug Howe as its Chief Merchandising officer, responsible for overall merchandise strategy and all merchandising functions, including buying, planning, product design and development, sourcing, and merchandising transformation efforts. He will continue to Kohl’s key strategies of cultivating a strong portfolio of national and proprietary brands, accelerating speed to market, and delivering strong inventory management. Howe will report directly to CEO-elect Michelle Gass.
“Doug is a proven merchant and a visionary leader with a strong track record of driving growth through compelling products, brands, and customer experiences,” said Gass. “He brings a unique combination of skills given his extensive background in working across digital retail channels, department stores, and mass retailers.”
Prior to joining Kohl’s, Howe was Global Chief Merchandising Officer at the Qurate Retail Group, leading QVC’s and HSN’s product leadership agenda. Before that, he led QVC’s Merchandising efforts for 10 years and played an instrumental role in the growth of QVC’s fashion business and development of the company’s proprietary businesses.
How has also held leadership roles with Gap Inc. in product design and development, plus merchandising leadership roles at Walmart, including SVP of Strategy, Design and Development. Howe started his retail career at May Department Stores, where he held several successive positions in the merchandise division, including Senior Vice President & GMM