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Shuffle Board: C-Suite Changes at Nordstrom, Pentland and Burlington Stores, New President at BJ’s


Pentland Brands

Pentland Brands announced new executive team responsibilities and a new chief marketing officer role to help drive the international growth of its portfolio of sports, outdoor and active brands.

Richard Newcombe, currently president of the footwear division, was appointed president of EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). While continuing to lead the footwear division, Newcombe will be responsible for increasing brand presence and sales across priority EMEA markets.

Andy Long, CEO, continues to lead the executive team with Chirag Patel taking on deputy CEO responsibilities, alongside his current role as chief operating officer (COO), which includes overseeing the Pentland Brands business in the Americas.

Pentland Brands manages owned brands such as Speedo, Berghaus, Canterbury, Mitre, Endura, Ellesse, Boxfresh, Red or Dead and SeaVees, and has the global license for Karen Millen footwear and Kickers in the U.K.


Caleres announced that Angela Bass will join the company as chief human resources officer on Sept. 23.

Bass will oversee all human resources functions for the company’s portfolio of brands, including Famous Footwear, Sam Edelman, Naturalizer, Allen Edmonds, Vionic, Dr. Scholl’s Shoes and Franco Sarto, and its more than 10,000 employees, including recruitment, talent management, training, compensation, benefits, and labor law compliance. Bass will be a member of the company’s leadership team.

Bass replaces Doug Koch, who will transition to a new role as senior vice president, strategic projects. Most recently, Bass owned a strategic human resources consulting firm advising clients in multiple sectors. Her past roles include executive human resources positions at Performance Sports Group, Collective Brands Performance and Lifestyle Group, Sport Brands International and Bauer Nike Hockey.

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Nordstrom Inc. announced the appointment of Kenneth Worzel as COO. Since 2010, Worzel has held several roles with the department store retailer, most recently as chief digital officer and president of

Burlington Stores

Burlington Stores Inc. announced that Marc Katz resigned as the company’s chief financial officer (CFO) and principal to pursue other professional opportunities.

John Crimmins, executive vice president (EVP) of finance and chief accounting officer, was appointed interim CFO. Crimmins has been with Burlington Stores since 2011, most recently serving as EVP of finance and chief accounting officer.

Burlington Stores, headquartered in New Jersey, is an off-price retailer with fiscal 2018 net sales of $6.6 billion. The company operated 691 stores as of the end of the second quarter.

BJ’s Wholesale Club

BJ’s Wholesale Club named Lee Delaney as its new president.

Delaney, currently executive vice president and chief commercial officer, will lead BJ’s retail, e-commerce and membership operations, in addition to his current responsibilities for merchandising, supply chain and marketing. He will continue to report to Christopher J. Baldwin, chairman and CEO.

Prior to joining BJ’s in 2016, Delaney was a partner in the Boston office of Bain & Company, and a leader in the firm’s Consumer Products practice.

Headquartered in Westborough, Mass., BJ’s Wholesale Club is an operator of membership warehouse clubs on the U.S. East Coast. The company currently operates 217 clubs and 141 BJ’s Gas locations in 16 states.


Faire, a curated wholesale marketplace, appointed Lauren Cooks Levitan as the company’s first chief financial officer (CFO).

Prior to joining Faire, Levitan was CFO at Fanatics, where she oversaw accounting, financial planning, strategic analysis, and investor relations to drive ongoing multi-channel growth across all divisions of the company.

In December 2018, Faire announced $100 million in venture capital, and since the beginning of 2019, the marketplace has grown from 20,000 retailers to more than 45,000 local retailers. Faire recently opened its third office in Salt Lake City and has grown its total headcount across the U.S. and Canada to 155 people.

Randy Shifrin joined as vice president of revenue. Shifrin was CEO of Chernin’s Shoe Outlet in Chicago from 2002 to 2009 and CEO of Chernin’s Shoe Zone from 2009 to 2013 when it was acquired.

Shopin is a universal shopper profile built on blockchain and powered by its proprietary artificial intelligence tools that deliver shoppers a personal experience online and in stores, by working with retailers to give shoppers control of their purchase data.

Shoe Carnival

Shoe Carnival Inc. announced several internal changes to its executive leadership.

CEO Cliff Sifford, who has been with the company for 22 years, now also serves as vice chairman of the board of Directors but has removed president from his title.

Previously executive vice president (EVP), chief strategy and marketing officer, Mark Worden has stepped into the role of president and chief customer officer, responsible for e-commerce, store operations, marketing, customer relationship management and real estate.

A 30-year veteran, Tim Baker was elevated to chief retail operations officer, a new role, from his previous position as EVP, store operations.

Kerry Jackson was appointed to the role of senior EVP, chief financial and administrative officer and treasurers from his previous position at senior EVP, chief financial and operating officer and treasurer.



Microban International, Ltd., a specialist in antimicrobial and odor control technology, said Dr. Yihong Li has joined its global textiles division as technical manager.

Li joins Microban from Electrolux, where she served as a global innovation and engineering lead within the company’s Fabric Care R&D division. As technical manager at Microban, Li will work to successfully integrate antimicrobial and odor control technologies into customer products, which include textiles, paper, paints, coatings and other liquid-based formulations. She also will be responsible for providing ongoing technical support to customers to ensure product performance is maintained.

A Barr Brands company, Microban drives innovation by combining science and creative solutions that enhance high-quality consumer, textile, industrial and medical products. The company is headquartered in North Carolina with operations in North America, South America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Kraig Biocraft Labs

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Inc., a leading developer of spider silk based fibers, selected Anurag Gupta for its expanded board of directors.

During his career, Gupta has served as CEO of Global Data Services for TBG, president for EMEA for BrightPoint Inc. and the executive vice president of the CMS division at IHS Markit. He currently serves as an independent director on the boards of Roseburg Forest Products Co. and Drive My Way Inc.

Gupta’s term will begin during the fourth quarter and he will serve on the audit committee and compensation committees for the duration of his time as a director.



Hendrik Venter was appointed DHL Supply Chain’s CEO for Europe, Middle East and Africa, effective Oct. 1.

Venter will succeed Oscar de Bok, who will take over as member of the board of management at Deutsche Post DHL Group for DHL Supply Chain.

Venter has more than 10 years of experience in management positions at DHL Supply Chain, most recently as CEO for Central Europe until his area of responsibility was expanded to include the Eastern Europe region in 2018. In his new role, he will head the DHL Supply Chain business in 25 different country markets, with a focus on strengthening and expanding the region’s growth, driving the standardization process at DHL Supply Chain and consistently implementing the business department’s innovation agenda.

Venter will also become a member of DHL Supply Chain’s global management board.