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Shuffle Board: BJ’s CEO Dies, Biden Names FMC Chair, New Balance Taps Creative Director

Brands

New Balance

New Balance announced that Teddy Santis, founder and creative director of New York-based lifestyle brand Aimé Leon Dore, will join the brand as creative director of New Balance Made in USA.

The two will join together and kick off a multi-year relationship this year, with the first product launching in 2022. New Balance Made in USA is a premium collection that contains a domestic value of 70 percent or greater.

New Balance owns and operates four factories in New England and one in Flimby, U.K. It employs more than 6,000 associates around the globe and in 2020 reported worldwide sales of $3.3 billion.

A.k.a. Brands

A.k.a. Brands, a global platform pioneering a new approach to driving growth in digitally native fashion brands, appointed Ciarán Long as chief financial officer (CFO).

Long will report directly to CEO Jill Ramsey. Most recently, Long served as CFO of e-commerce and vice president of finance for membership, marketing and supply chain at Sams Club.

Established in 2018, A.k.a. Brands is comprised of four digitally native fashion brands that are culturally rooted and maintain their founder-led authenticity, offering a curated assortment of on-trend, affordably priced fashion apparel and accessories. The portfolio includes Culture Kings, Princess Polly, Petal & Pup and Rebdolls.

Retail

BJ’s Wholesale Club

Following the death of BJ’s Wholesale Club president of CEO Lee Delaney, Bob Eddy, executive vice president (EVP), and chief administrative and financial officer, was named interim CEO by the board of directors.

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Eddy joined the company in 2007 and was named EVP and chief financial officer in 2011. He assumed the role of chief administrative officer in 2018. In addition, Christopher J. Baldwin, chairman of the board, was appointed executive chairman.

Headquartered in Westborough, Mass., BJ’s Wholesale Club operates membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company currently operates 221 clubs and 151 BJ’s Gas locations in 17 states.

Logistics

Federal Maritime Commission

Commissioner Daniel B. Maffei was designated as chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) by President Biden.

Maffei is a sitting member of the FMC and replaces Michael A. Khouri in the role of chairman. Maffei was a member of the House of Representatives for two terms. His previous professional experience includes serving in the Department of Commerce during the Obama Administration, and earlier in his career, working as a Capitol Hill aide and as a broadcast reporter.

GLP

GLP announced that Tim Wang will join as co-president of logistics and industrial real estate in China, leading alongside Angela Zhao.

In his role, Wang will focus on the growth and strategy of the business, which will include collaborations with strategic partners. Prior to joining GLP, he was senior managing director at Blackstone Group Inc and worked in the real estate principal investment group of Merrill Lynch in China.

Victor Mok, former co-president of logistics and industrial real estate in China, will continue in his role as chairman and CEO of the company’s Asset Service Platform (ASP). ASP is a rapidly growing business within GLP that focuses on creating value through all stages of an assets life-cycle, from project planning and design to the integration of facility services and technology using IoT, AI, robotics and big data to improve operational efficiency and service levels for customers. ASP currently manages over 300 logistics and industrial parks, serving over 1,600 customers in China.

GLP is a global investment manager and business builder in logistics, real estate, infrastructure, finance and related technologies. It operates across Brazil, China, Europe, India, Japan, the U.S. and Vietnam and has more than $100 billion in assets under management in real estate and private equity.

Blue Yonder

Blue Yonder today announced that Derek Butts joined the company’s leadership team as executive vice president (EVP) and chief strategy officer (CSO).

Butts joins Blue Yonder from Workday, where he spent 13 years in product, corporate development and strategy roles. As CSO, Butts will help further accelerate Blue Yonder’s strategy to deliver an end-to-end experience that customers and the ecosystem seek from the supply chain industry.

Blue Yonder specializes in digital supply chain and omni-channel commerce fulfillment for retailers, manufacturers and logistics providers.

CJ Logistics

Kevin Coleman was named CEO, Canada, of CJ Logistics America, in addition to his current role as chief customer officer (CCO).

As CEO, Canada, Coleman will lead the strategy for regional growth and expansion. For the company’s Canada-based operations, including warehousing, transportation and international freight forwarding, Coleman will have executive oversight of capabilities development and management, sales and marketing, customer operations, technology infrastructure and security, human capital and talent, and financial performance.

As CEO of CJ Logistics America, Coleman will continue to be responsible for customer strategic partnerships, business development and emerging channels, supply chain solutions and analytics, supply chain consulting and marketing communications.

Coleman joined the company in 2002 as director of strategic partnerships and was promoted to roles of increasing responsibility. The company, formerly DSC Logistics, announced its rebranding as CJ Logistics on March 2. CJ Logistics acquired DSC Logistics to expand its North American platform, which now includes over 80 locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico, including warehouses, transportation, freight forwarding and corporate offices.

GETIDA

GETIDA, a specialist in Amazon FBA (Fulfillment By Amazon) auditing and reimbursements, announced that Eytan Wiener joined the company as CEO, after leading a successful private investment round in the business.

The company has also announced that its co-founders, Max Borin and Yoni Mazor, will transition to the roles of chief operating officer and chief growth officer, respectively.

As CEO, Wiener will lead the global expansion of GETIDA, which includes the growth of its partner network with existing Amazon solution providers, along with servicing the rapidly growing segment of Amazon FBA aggregators worldwide.

GETIDA leverages data and analytics to achieve maximum reimbursements for all Amazon sellers. With advanced and proprietary technology for discovering discrepancies, along with robust dedicated case management teams, GETIDA marries the worlds of software and service solutions to ensure that Amazon sellers recoup all unwarranted losses so that they are optimized for maximum profitability and further success.

Wiener has been a prominent leader in the e-commerce and Amazon industry since 2008 when he co-founded Quantum Networks, an online retail agency for global brands with a focus on the Amazon Marketplace. He also co-founded the Prosper Show, a renowned Amazon Seller Show, in 2016 with James Thomson, a former Amazon executive, Joseph Hansen, founder of leading Amazon agency Buy Box Experts, and Chad Rubin, founder of Skubana.

GETIDA is an authorized solution provider on the Amazon AppStore and the Amazon Service Provider Network.