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Shuffle Board: New BB&B CEO, Children’s Place Taps CFO, HR Heads Named at Fanatics, Aii

Retail

Bed Bath & Beyond

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. appointed Sue Gove as president and CEO.

Since June, Gove has served as interim CEO. Under her leadership, the company will continue to execute its strategic plan, announced on Aug. 31, with a priority on strengthening its financial positioning, increasing customer engagement, driving traffic and recapturing market share.

The Children’s Place

The Children’s Place Inc. named Sheamus Toal senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), effective Nov. 7.

Toa will report to Jane Elfers, president and CEO. As CFO, he will oversee finance, accounting, financial planning and analysis, tax, treasury, investor relations and internal audit. He will also oversee enterprise risk management, real estate, legal and ESG matters.

Toal was most recently executive vice president and CFO at Saatva Inc., a high growth digital e-commerce retailer.

Etsy

Etsy, Inc., which operates peer-to-peer online marketplaces connecting creatives with consumers, announced that vice president of engineering Rachana Kumar has been named chief technology officer (CTO), effective Jan. 1, 2023. Current CTO Mike Fisher has decided to leave to pursue other interests but will stay in his current position until Dec. 31, 2022 and then remain with Etsy in an advisory capacity through April 2023.

Kumar has been with Etsy for more than eight years. Durinng her tenure, she has played a leading role in critical initiatives, such as launching Etsy’s product development principles, driving mobile and app penetration, and buyer growth. Most recently, Kumar expanded her role to include launching Etsy’s regional office in Mexico City, building that team to nearly 130 employees in just 18 months. Kumar, who will be based out of Etsy’s Brooklyn headquarters, will report to CEO Josh Silverman and will join the executive team.

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Brands

Delta Apparel

Delta Apparel Inc., a provider of core activewear and lifestyle apparel products, announced the addition of Patrick Bowman as senior director of the DTG2Go digital print business unit.

Prior to joining Delta, Bowman was vice president of operations at Doxim, a document technology solutions company that services the public and private sector by producing high-volume, time-sensitive direct mail to customers.

DTG2Go is a market leader in the on-demand, direct-to-garment digital print and fulfillment industry, bringing technology and innovation to client supply chains.

Fanatics

Orlando Ashford

Fanatics, a global digital sports platform, appointed Orlando Ashford to the newly created role of chief people officer (CPO) at Fanatics Holdings.

In this position, Ashford will work closely with the company’s three distinct businesses–Commerce, Collectibles and Betting & Gaming–while managing global human resources for the company. He will directly oversee the human resources (HR) team within Fanatics Holdings and will have a dual reporting role into Fanatics CEO Michael Rubin for matters including culture, talent development, corporate communications, corporate social responsibility, as well as all diversity and inclusion, and Fanatics chief financial officer Glenn H. Schiffman for matters including total rewards and HR infrastructure, strategy, policies and operations. He will be based in New York City.

Prior to joining Fanatics, Ashford was a strategic advisor to Sycamore Partners, a private equity company specializing in retail and consumer investment. In addition to his role as CPO and strategic advisor to the Fanatics executive team at large, he will focus on expanding and advancing efforts across Fanatics’ principles of diversity and inclusion, as well as energizing philanthropic initiatives across the global workforce, including oversight of the Fanatics Foundation.

Fashion

Fashion Institute of Technology

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) of the State University of New York (SUNY) announced it welcomed the first cohort of Social Justice Scholars, a program of the Social Justice Center at FIT.

The 11 first-semester students were selected to receive full scholarships provided by Brett Johnson, Capri Holdings, Carolina Herrera and Ralph Lauren. The students, who graduated from high schools across New York State, are majoring in disciplines like Advertising and Marketing Communications, Fashion Business Management, Fashion Design and Textile/Surface Design.

As Social Justice Scholars at FIT, the students will receive scholarship support enabling them to earn their bachelor’s degree. In addition, the program will support students’ academic and career tracks with opportunities for internships and mentorships with their respective sponsors, career placement, as well as paid apprenticeships upon graduating from FIT.

In addition, FIT also announced the appointment of Nicole Finigan Ndzibah as executive director of the Social Justice Center at FIT. Most recently at Tommy Hilfiger, Ndzibah was a retail business trainer and, as a business resource group leader, she was instrumental in implementing professional development programs for black employees. She has also held management roles at Macy’s and has been an adjunct member of the faculty at both FIT and LIM for the past eight years teaching Fashion Business Management courses.

Apparel Impact Institute

The Apparel Impact Institute (Aii), an organization for driving scalable solutions for the apparel and footwear industry, welcomed human resources (HR) director Michelle Willis to its team.

Willis has been working in HR-related roles for the past eight years, most recently as an HR director for an educational software company with a global workforce of nearly 200. She will be involved in helping Aii build and support a team to carry out its mission.

Logistics

Crowley

Meaghan Atkinson

Crowley promoted Meaghan Atkinson to be vice president of sustainability.

In her new role, Atkinson will lead Crowley’s sustainability journey, and drive action to decarbonize across the company’s operations and value chain to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. As vice president, she will lead the company’s efforts to build partnerships across its industries and value chain to fulfill Crowley’s sustainability commitments.

In her prior role as director of sustainability and regulatory affairs, Atkinson spearheaded the creation of the company’s first greenhouse gas inventory, leveraging Salesforce’s Net Zero Cloud.

Crowley also named Erika Graziuso as its new chief information officer (CIO). In her role, Graziuso will lead Crowley’s information technology and digital transformation strategy with a key focus on digital solutions, cybersecurity and responsible data management. Graziuso previously served as global CIO for LHH, a human resources solutions firm.

Crowley is a privately held, U.S.-owned and -operated maritime, energy and logistics solutions company serving commercial and government sectors with more than $2.9 billion in annual revenues, over 170 vessels mostly in the Jones Act fleet and approximately 7,000 employees around the world. The Crowley enterprise has invested more than $3 billion in maritime transport and as a global ship owner-operator and services provider, the company serves customers in 36 nations and island territories through five business units–Crowley Logistics, Crowley Shipping, Crowley Solutions, Crowley Wind Services and Crowley Fuels.

Technology

Rokt

Rokt, an e-commerce technology company using machine learning to make transactions more relevant to each shopper, appointed two Google veterans to its team.

Wilfred Yeung has joined the company’s Technical Advisory Board and Reuben Kan has joined as distinguished engineer. Yeung previously spent 11 years at Google, where he led critical parts of Google AdWords, and Kan spent more than 15 years at the company, bringing high-impact products including Google Drive, Google Docs and Google Maps to market.

As part of the Technical Advisory Board, Yeung will advise on product strategy and development of Rokt’s cutting-edge e-commerce and advertising solutions. As distinguished engineer on the Rokt product and engineering team led by Bill Barton, Kan will be based in Sydney, and help lead projects focused on system architecture, subsystem design, performance optimization, and client-facing APIs and SDKs.

With U.S. headquarters in New York City, the company operates in 14 countries across North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

ReverseLogix

ReverseLogix, a provider of end-to-end returns management systems, appointed David Houser as chief revenue officer.

Houser will oversee revenue and sales operations, with a strategic focus on accelerating the company’s continued global expansion. Previously, he led global teams at Oracle, HighJump and Navis.