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Shuffle Board: Key Departures at Bottega Veneta, Zulily, Wish, Hirings at Lovesac and Dollar General

Retail

Zulily

David Rawlinson, president and CEO of Qurate Inc., said Jeff Yurcisin, president of Zulily, will be leaving the company in early 2022. Rawlinson said the company has begun a search for a new leader for Zulily.

Yurcisin has been president of Zulily since Aug. 15, 2018. In this role, he oversaw the online fashion retailer. He joined Qurate Retail Group after 14 years with Amazon, where he led several large businesses, most recently as vice president leading Amazon Fashion’s Private Brands business.

Gap

Gap Inc. announced that Lisa Donohue was elected to its board of directors.

Donohue brings 30 years of global consumer, data and digital marketing leadership, including as CEO of two of the world’s leading marketing agencies. She currently serves on the boards of NRG Energy, AcuityAds and Brown Jordan, as well as She Runs It, a non-profit organization helping women access marketing, media and tech leadership roles.

As the former CEO of Publicis Spine, as well as a member of the Publicis Groupe Management Committee leading the marketing firm’s digital, data, technology and talent capabilities, she fused marketing and enterprise business transformation for clients.

Dollar General

Dollar General announced that Michael Joyce joined the company as its new senior vice president of supply chain strategy, inventory and demand management.

Reporting directly to Tony Zuazo, Dollar General’s executive vice president of global supply chain, Joyce will lead the company’s supply chain functions including inventory management, product fulfillment, supply chain strategy and demand chain management.

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Joyce previously served as senior vice president of planning, replenishment and supply chain optimization at Jo-Ann Stores, having held various roles of increasing responsibility during his four years with the company.

Williams-Sonoma

Williams-Sonoma Inc. announced that Anne Finucane was appointed to its board of directors.

Finucane has been vice chairman of Bank of America Corporation, a global financial services company, since July 2015 and chairman of the Bank of America Europe since July 2018. She announced her intention to retire from Bank of America at the end of this year while maintaining her position as chair of Bank of America Europe.

Home retailer Williams-Sonoma’s products represent distinct merchandise strategies–Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, Pottery Barn Teen, West Elm, Williams Sonoma Home, Rejuvenation, and Mark and Graham–are marketed through e-commerce websites, direct-mail catalogs and retail stores. The company operates in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, Australia and the U.K.

Brands

Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta and Daniel Lee announced their joint decision to end their collaboration.

Lee has been at the creative helm of Bottega Veneta since July 1, 2018, bringing new energy to the brand and greatly contributing to the label’s new momentum.

A new creative organization for Bottega Veneta will be announced soon. Bottega Veneta is owned by global luxury group Kering.

Lovesac

The Lovesac Company, a home furnishing brand best known for Sactionals couches, announced additions to its leadership team intended to drive the company’s growth strategy.

Mary Fox, a director of the company’s board since February 2020, was appointed president and chief operating officer (COO), and Jack Krause, currently president and COO, was named chief strategy officer. Both appointments are effective Nov. 15.

In conjunction with the announcement, Fox will step down from the board of directors and Krause has been elected a director of the board.

Since 2018, Fox served as general manager for North America consumer products at BIC. Prior to joining BIC, she spent six years at L’Oréal in various roles within e-commerce, new business development and business transformation in the United States.

Based in Stamford, Conn., The Lovesac Company designs, manufactures and sells high quality furniture derived through its proprietary Designed for Life approach. Its product offering is comprised of modular couches called Sactionals, premium foam beanbag chairs called Sacs, and their associated home decor accessories.

The company markets and sells its products primarily online directly at lovesac.com, supported by direct-to-consumer touch-feel points in its own showrooms, as well as through shop-in-shops and pop-up-shops with third party retailers.

Digital Brands Group

Digital Brands Group, a collection of luxury lifestyle, digital-first brands, announced that Lucy Doan was elected to its board of directors.

Doan brings 25 years of financial and strategic experience in the consumer industry, including several publicly traded companies. She currently serves on the board of Grunt Style, an online apparel company.

Logistics

Port of Long Beach

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners promoted Theresa Dau-Ngo to lead the Transportation Planning Division at the nation’s second-busiest seaport.

Dau-Ngo started at the Port of Long Beach in 2013 as manager of transportation development and was named acting director of the Transportation Planning Division in March 2021.

The director of transportation planning is responsible for guiding analysis of regional, state and national transportation policies, regulation and legislation; developing immediate and long-term transportation priorities; and assisting with managing port-related traffic in support of supply chain optimization efforts.

Technology

Browzwear

Browzwear, a specialist in 3D digital solutions for the fashion industry, announced that Eric Cheung is joining the company’s executive team in the role of chief financial officer (CFO).

The appointment is part of the company’s strategy to accelerate growth following the closing of a $35 million funding round from Radian Capital, with the participation of Closed Loop Partners.

Cheung joins the company from enterprise software company Unit4, where he served as CFO for the past seven years. In his new role, Cheung will optimize Browzwear’s financial performance, planning and managing the company’s financial actions.

Worldwide, more than 650 organizations, including Columbia Sportswear, PVH and VF Corp., leverage Browzwear’s open platform to streamline processes, collaborate and pursue data-driven production strategies.

Zebra Technologies

Zebra Technologies Corporation elected Nelda Connors to the company’s board of directors, effective Feb. 3.

With the addition of Connors, Zebra’s board will have nine members. She will join as a member of the board’s Audit Committee.

Connors is the founder of Pine Grove Holdings and has served as its CEO since 2011. Pine Grove Holdings is a privately held investment company that acquires and operates small- and medium-size businesses focused on power generation, software-as-a-service and advanced material, as well as the transportation and logistics markets.

Connors currently serves as a director of Baker Hughes, Boston Scientific, BorgWarner Inc. and Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights.

Zebra empowers the front line in retail and e-commerce, manufacturing, transportation and logistics, healthcare, public sector and other industries. With more than 10,000 partners across 100 countries, Zebra’s solutions elevate the shopping experience, track and manage inventory, as well as improve supply chain efficiency.

CDL 1000

CDL 1000, a technology and logistics company, announced Leon Levin’s appointment as chief financial officer (CFO), where he will oversee accounting, pricing, financial planning and analysis, financial reporting, investor relations, internal audit, payroll, procurement, SEC reporting, tax and treasury functions.

Levin will report to CDL 1000 founder and CEO Andrew Sobko. CDL 1000 provides a wide range of AI-driven technology, and cutting-edge end-to-end capacity solutions. Its strategic truck brokerage and intermodal solutions efficiently and effectively move freight throughout the supply chain across the United States.

Levin joins CDL 1000 after 17 years as a consultant, where he served multiple clients, including Caterpillar, Navistar, Kraft Foods, AbbVie, Beam Global, BearingPoint, United Stationers, Cushman & Wakefield, Azek, Power Solutions International and Walgreens, as Interim CFO or controller.

Wish

Mobile e-commerce platform Wish announced that Piotr Szulczewski will be stepping down as CEO. He will remain on the company’s board of directors.

To ensure an orderly transition, Szulczewski will remain CEO until either a successor is appointed by the company or no later than Feb. 1. The company has engaged an executive search firm to assist in recruiting a new CEO.

Szulczewski founded Wish in 2010 and has served as CEO since July 2010.

Wish combines technology and data science capabilities and an innovative discovery-based mobile shopping experience to create a visual, entertaining and personalized shopping experience for its users.

Narvar

Narvar hired Anisa Kumar as the company’s first chief customer officer.

Kumar’s key priority will be customer success, helping retailers capitalize on the post-purchase opportunity amid the e-commerce boom. She will report to Narvar CEO Amit Sharma and oversee Narvar’s customer success, services and support organizations.

Most recently, Kumar ran the U.S. direct-to-consumer business for Levi Strauss.

Narvar’s comprehensive Post-Purchase Platform empowers 1,100 global brands, including Sephora, Patagonia, Levi’s, Sonos, Warby Parker, Home Depot, LVMH and L’Oréal, to deliver transparency, build trust and grow customer lifetime value.

Fabric

Fabric appointed Chandra Shekar Neti as the company’s first head of and vice president of software engineering, APAC.

Neti will lead Fabric’s core software development teams across the APAC region, where he’ll direct the design, development and deployment of new API-based solutions for fabric’s global customer audience. He will report to Umer Sadiq, Fabric’s chief technology officer.

Chandra joins Fabric after a 14-year career at Amazon in both Seattle and India, where he steered multiple engineering teams as they developed commerce products for the Amazon global sellers that drove billions of dollars in Amazon gross merchandise sales.

Fabric is a “headless commerce” platform purpose-built for growth, with customers such as BuildDirect, ABC Carpet & Home, GNC and MSC. Headquartered in Seattle, Fabric is backed by Stripes, B Capital Group, Greycroft, Norwest Venture Partners, Redpoint Ventures, Sierra Ventures, Innovation Global Capital, Ascend Venture Capital, Expa and BC Partners.