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Shuffle Board: Gap Inc., Old Navy, VS, Dollar General, J.Hillburn CEO News; Kohl’s Supply Chain Boss Departs


Gap Inc.

Gap Inc. announced that president and CEO Sonia Syngal will step down from her position and from the company’s board, departing following a brief transition.

Bob Martin, the company’s executive chairman of the board, will serve as Gap Inc. president and CEO on an interim basis. Martin is a 40-year industry veteran with extensive retail experience at corporations including Dillard’s Inc. and Walmart, where he served as CEO of its International division. He has served on the Gap Inc. board since 2002, as lead independent director from 2003 to 2015 and as executive chairman since 2020.

The company also announced that Horacio “Haio” Barbeito will join the Gap Inc. leadership team as president and CEO of Old Navy on Aug. 1. Barbeito most recently served as president and CEO of Walmart Canada.


Kohl’s Inc. on Friday said chief technology and supply chain officer Paul Gaffney will depart the company on Aug. 1. The company promoted executive vice president of technology Siobhán Mc Feeney, who joined Kohl’s in January 2020 after roles with Pivotal Software and AAA, to the role of chief technology officer. The retailer recently lost chief merchandising officer Doug Howe to Designer Brands while chief marketing officer Greg Revelle also resigned.

Dollar General

Dollar General Corp. announced Todd Vasos’s decision to retire from his position as CEO, effective Nov. 1.

The company’s board of directors also approved the promotion of Jeffery Owen, its chief operating officer since 2019, to succeed Vasos as CEO.

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To assist in the transition of leadership, Vasos is expected to serve in a senior advisory position beginning Nov. 1 and continuing through April 1, 2023. Vasos is expected to enter into a two-year consulting agreement and continue to serve as a member of the board following his retirement.

Vasos has served as CEO and as a member of the board since June 2015. He joined Dollar General in 2008 as executive vice president, division president and chief merchandising officer and served as chief operating officer from 2013 until being named CEO.

Victoria’s Secret

As part of a restructuring to create a simplified leadership structure that combines its Victoria’s Secret (VS), Pink and Beauty businesses into a single, collaborative organization, Victoria’s Secret named Amy Hauk CEO of the VS and Pink brands.

She has been CEO of Pink since 2018. In her new role, Hauk will integrate merchandising, planning, marketing and creative teams to apply best practices and consumer insights, as well as speed the company’s test and learn agenda.

Christine Rupp will join the company as chief customer officer, with responsibility for creating a seamless store and digital commerce business globally. Rupp joins VS from Albertsons, where she was chief customer and digital officer.

Greg Unis, who led the VS and Pink Beauty businesses, was named chief growth officer. In his new role, he has responsibility for the VS&Co-Lab platform, new business development, international expansion and mergers and acquisitions opportunities.

Unis will continue to lead the company’s real estate and store design and construction teams. All three will report to Martin Waters, VS&Co. CEO.


True Religion

Denim and sportswear brand True Religion appointed Sandip Grewal as chief financial and operating officer, a new role.

Grewal’s appointment fills a role that is critical to continuing to fuel True Religion’s growth and achieve its $500 million revenue goal. He reports to CEO Michael Buckley.

Grewal joins True Religion from Bradshaw International, a housewares supplier, where he served as chief financial officer (CFO) since 2017. Prior to that, he was CFO of Dr. Fresh.

Columbia Sportswear

Columbia Sportswear Company announced that its board of directors appointed Christiana Smith Shi to serve as a director and member of its Audit Committee.

Shi is the principal at Lovejoy Advisors, an advisory services firm focused on digitally transforming consumer and retail businesses, which she founded in 2016. Previously, she served as president of direct-to-consumer at Nike Inc. from 2013 until 2016.

Shi serves on the boards of Mondelēz International Inc. and United Parcel Service Inc.

In addition to its signature brand, Columbia Sportswear, based in Portland, Ore., Columbia Sportswear Company owns the Mountain Hardwear, Sorel and prAna brands.


CEO changes were made at Gap Inc., Old Navy, Victoria's Secret, Dollar General and J.Hillburn; True Religion created a new C-Suite post.
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J.Hilburn, a custom-made men’s wear brand, announced that CEO Dave DeFeo is retiring but will remain a board member and advisor to the management team. Stein Ove Fenne will succeed DeFeo as the new CEO.

DeFeo was appointed as CEO in 2019. Fenne served at Tupperware for 17 years before joining J.Hilburn, serving as group president of EMEA from 2018 to 2020, overseeing Tupperware’s $1 billion division in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Most recently, he was president of Yes You Can.


CakeBoxx Technologies

CakeBoxx Technologies, a specialist in high consequence cargo transportation platforms, appointed Sean Tan as chief technical officer (CTO).

Tan will join CakeBoxx’ corporate headquarters team in McLean, Va., and is tasked with leading the company’s worldwide R&D, systems engineering and ongoing product development initiatives, reporting to Daine Eisold, chairman and CEO of CakeBoxx, and working closely with chief operating officer James Campbell.

Tan has more than 25 years of experience as a senior mechanical design engineer at Caterpillar, JRB and Pratt & Whitney.