New Executives at: Charming Charlie, Target, JCPenney

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Charming Charlie Names Four to Top Retail Posts

Houston—Charming Charlie named four accomplished retail executives to the company: Judi Langley, John Hnanicek, Melissa Whitehead and Robin Beighley.

According to Charlie Chanaratsopon, chairman, the company as these senior level hires are part of the continued development of Charming Charlie’s internal structure and mark another step in its national expansion, including the opening of 60 retail locations this year.

“We are extremely pleased and excited to have leaders of this caliber joining the Charming Charlie team,” said Chanaratsopon. “We are certain that their unique expertise and experience will help us achieve our goals.”

Judi Langley, the new executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, has successfully led strong retail brands throughout her career and brings relevant experience and a strong track record to Charming Charlie. In her new position, she is responsible for leading the product direction and merchandising strategies for Charming Charlie. In earlier leadership roles, Langley was senior vice president design and trend at Kohl’s for private brands and has held senior positions at Ann Taylor, Gap Inc. and Victoria’s Secret.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity, with so much growth on both a national and global level. I look forward to working with this talented team as we make this brand the number one choice in fashion jewelry and accessories,” said Langley.

John Hnanicek was named senior vice president and chief information officer, where he is tasked to build a scalable technology infrastructure that will enable Charming Charlie to rapidly innovate. Prior to this new role, Hnanicek’s career has mostly been in high growth retail and e-commerce concepts including OfficeMax, Hollywood Video and eToys.

Melissa Whitehead becomes senior vice president of store operations, where she will lead an organization that supports a base of more than 180 stores. Whitehead brings more than thirty years of extensive store operations experience. Before joining Charming Charlie, she served as the senior vice president of sales and operations at ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. Prior to Ulta, Whitehead led regional teams for Gap Inc. and Victoria’s Secret.

Robin Beighley became store operations director, where, as part of Whitehead’s team, she will oversee retail operations, including store communication, customer experience and process strategy. Beighley brings more than 20 years of retail experience to the company, most recently serving as director of store process and systems operations at The Walt Disney Company and prior to that as store operations director for Victoria’s Secret.

Target Taps Former Gap Executive as Chief Marketing Officer

Minneapolis–Target Corp. named Jeffrey Jones II as its new chief marketing officer, replacing Michael Francis, who left the company in October to become president of JCPenney.

The announcement follows what the company called a “comprehensive search” to find a replacement for Francis, who is a widely respected marketer.

Jones, who was also named an executive vice president, was partner and president of McKinney, a Durham, North Carolina-based advertising agency. Under Jones’ leadership, the agency achieved record growth and profitability.

“Not only does Jeff have a proven track record of success in both the development and execution of countless marketing campaigns but Jeff is also a passionate, dedicated leader who understands the importance of working as a team,” said Gregg Steinhafel, chairman, president/ceo of Target. “Marketing is a key differentiator for Target and I am confident that under Jeff’s stewardship, we will continue to build on our long history of surprising and delighting our guests.”

Prior to his work at McKinney, Jones held several leadership positions at Gap, Inc. including serving as executive vice president and chief marketing officer where he was responsible for leading marketing strategy, retail store design, store experience and all consumer communication. He also managed Gap, Inc.’s gift card subsidiary, Direct Consumer Services, LLC serving as president of the divison.

In addition, Jones previously held leadership positions at marchFIRST, Inc., Coca-Cola Company, Leo Burnett Worldwide, and served as president and chief executive officer of LB Works, a Chicago-based advertising agency associated with Leo Burnett.

JCPenney Names Retail Veterans to New Posts

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Plano, TX—JCPenney recently announced the promotion of a number of current executives and the appointment of several veterans who will be at the “forefront of redefining the JCPenney brand and shopping experience.”

To lead the company’s merchandise strategy, Liz Sweney has been promoted to chief merchant and will lead the reinvention of JCPenney’s apparel and home portfolio. A 36-year industry veteran, Sweney most recently served as executive vice president and senior general merchandise manager of JCPenney’s women’s apparel, accessories, footwear, jewelry and juniors divisions as well Sephora inside JCPenney. Before joining JCPenney in 2000, she held senior level positions at Kellwood Company, after serving in merchandising positions of increasing responsibility at Montgomery Ward.

Siiri Dougherty was promoted to senior vice president, general merchandise manager of women’s apparel. For the past seven years, Dougherty has held various leadership positions in women’s apparel, serving as a buyer in women’s accessories and most recently as divisional merchandise manager for women’s career sportswear. Prior to joining the company, Dougherty was senior merchant for The Limited.

Liz Asay was promoted to senior vice president, Sephora inside JCPenney, having previously served as vice president of Sephora inside JCPenney where she was instrumental in bringing the retailer’s first store-within-a-store concept to life and nurturing its current growth to more than 300 shops. Before overseeing the company’s Sephora business, Asay was a store manager as well as divisional merchandise execution manager for women’s apparel. Asay also brings experience from Mervyn’s, where she served as district manager and retail operations manager.

Brian Robinson joined JCPenney, becoming vice president, marketing and design partnerships. In this role, Robinson will be focused on identifying new strategic partnerships for JCPenney. Robinson was most recently director of fashion and design partnerships at Target, leading breakthrough initiatives with brands including Missoni and Liberty.

Katheryn Burchett has been promoted to senior vice president, merchandising and marketing integration. As JCPenney announces new strategic partners, Burchett will be responsible for working with these partners to implement their strategy and vision for their partnership with the retailer and ensuring that their vision is seamlessly aligned across JCPenney’s merchant and marketing organizations. Burchett has been with the company for more than 10 years, serving most recently as divisional vice president, merchandise strategy, playing a key role in the acquisition of the Liz Claiborne brand as well as other important merchandise initiatives.

Anne Cashill was appointed senior vice president, strategic brands. In her role, Cashill will focus on developing and strengthening the company’s exclusive and national merchandise partnerships “to create powerful brands that resonate deeply with customers.” This includes overseeing key brands such as Liz Claiborne, Martha Stewart, l’amour Nanette Lepore, and many more to come. Cashill brings nearly 30 years of retail experience, joining JCPenney from Coach, Inc., where she served as vice president, merchandising. While at Coach, she was charged with expanding the women’s accessories business by developing new product strategies, defining collections by customer segmentation and ensuring brand cohesion. Cashill previously spent eight years at Liz Claiborne, Inc. as corporate vice president, design and merchandising, as well as five years as design director at Target.

Bill Gentner became senior vice president, strategic brands, responsible for reinvigorating JCPenney’s portfolio of private brands such as The Original Arizona Jean Company and Xersion. In his role, Gentner will be ensuring brand integrity for the private brands in how they are merchandised and marketed and also in how they are presented in the private brand in-store shops. Gentner previously served as the company’s SVP, planning and promotion. His roles at JCPenney have also included divisional VP, men’s marketing as well as brand director for St. John’s Bay. Before joining JCPenney, Gentner served as divisional merchandise manager of men’s sportswear at Macy’s.

Steve Seabolt was appointed to senior vice president, strategic brand alliances. In his role, Seabolt will oversee the identification and development of non-apparel partnerships. Seabolt joins the company from Electronic Arts, where he served as vice president, global brand partnerships. Prior to his role at Electronic Arts, he served as CEO of Spinway Pty. Ltd, as well as CEO of Sunset magazine.


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