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Shuffle Board: Kontoor Names Supply Chain Chief, Target Taps EVP, UA Adds Execs

Retail

Target

Target Corporation hired Prat Vemana as executive vice president, chief digital and product officer.

Vemana will join Target Oct. 31 as a member of the leadership team, reporting to chief guest experience officer Cara Sylvester. In this role, he will oversee Target’s digital business, including site merchandising, user experience, digital operations and product, and Target+, the retailer’s growing online third-party marketplace. Additionally, Vemana will provide key support for Target’s product teams across the company by bringing a holistic view to its overall product strategy.

Vemana joins Target from Kaiser Permanente, where he served as senior vice president and chief digital officer and led its enterprise product management and experience teams. Prior to that, he held digital leadership positions at The Home Depot and Staples.

Nordstrom

Nordstrom said Edmond Mesrobian, its chief technology and information officer, informed the company that he was stepping down from his position, effective Oct. 14.

Ross Stores

Ross Stores Inc. announced that Edward G. Cannizzaro was elected to its board of directors, effective Oct. 14.

Cannizzaro spent over 35 years at KPMG, a global professional services firm providing audit, tax, and advisory services, where he held various leadership, auditing and consulting roles. He served as the global head of quality, risk and regulatory for KPMG International, where he had global responsibility for quality controls, risk management, and ethics and compliance monitoring programs from 2018 to 2022.

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Ross Stores, headquartered in Dublin, Calif., had fiscal 2021 revenues of $18.9 billion. As of July 30, the company operated 1,669 Ross Dress for Less stores in the United States and Guam.

Brands

Kontoor Brands

Ezio Garciamendez

Kontoor Brands Inc. appointed Ezio Garciamendez as senior vice president (SVP) and chief supply chain officer, effective Nov. 1.

Garciamendez will have responsibility for all aspects of supply chain management, including global operations, planning, manufacturing, sourcing, quality, customer service, distribution, logistics and master data governance. He will also oversee all components of the company’s supply chain strategy, including trade-related functions and operations.

As a member of the executive leadership team, he will report to Tom Waldron, Kontoor’s executive vice president, co-chief operating officer and global brand president-Wrangler.

Garciamendez joins Kontoor from Melaleuca, an online wellness shopping club, where he served as global operations SVP since 2018, leading their end-to-end supply chain organization.

Kontoor Brands is a global lifestyle apparel company, with a portfolio led by Wrangler and Lee.

Under Armour

Under Armour Inc. announced that effective Oct. 24, David Baxter and Mehri Shadman will join its executive leadership team.

Baxter is set to assume a regional leadership role as president of the Americas, succeeding Stephanie Pugliese, who will be stepping down from her role and leaving the company. Pugliese will remain until early 2023 to support Baxter’s transition. Shadman was appointed chief legal officer and corporate secretary as John Stanton, UA’s current chief legal officer, has decided to retire at the end of 2022 after 16 years.

Before joining Under Armour in 2020 as senior vice president, Americas Wholesale, Baxter served as president and CEO of LIDS Sports Group from 2016 to 2019.

Shadman, currently deputy general counsel, corporate and risk, and assistant corporate secretary, has spent nine years at Under Armour providing counsel to its board of directors and executives on complex and high-profile corporate matters. She currently oversees the corporate, global ethics and compliance, data privacy, and enterprise risk management functions. In her new role, she will oversee the company’s global legal function and serve as corporate secretary.

Head Sportswear

Head Sportswear announced two additions to its North America team.

After 14 years managing the West Coast territory for Bogner of America, Greg Johnson was named regional sales manager.

Madison Stevens joined the team as sales and marketing coordinator, sportswear-North America. Stevens was most recently strategic account manager for State Industrial Products.

Head Sportswear is part of Head Sport GmbH, a global supplier of ski, tennis and diving equipment and clothing. Head Sportswear offers performance-oriented ski and tennis clothing.

Toms Shoes

Dorothy Sadd was appointed global chief operating and financial officer Toms shoes.

Sadd most recently held the same role at Unique Vintage. Prior to that, she was vice president, Europe, at VF Corp.

Textiles

Carbios

Carbios, a pioneer in the development of enzymatic solutions dedicated to the lifecycle of plastic and textile polymers, announced that Stéphane Ferreira will join the company as director of operations. He will be in charge of the business’ global development and will steer the relationship with Carbios’ industrial and commercial partners.

Ferreira will supervise Frédéric Alarcon, who joined as licensing manager to build and deploy the process licensing model that is at the heart of Carbios’ business model, and Arnaud Tillon, group marketing director, who will support the company’s development by defining and deploying the marketing strategy. He is also in charge of reinforcing the customer culture within the organization.

Martin Stepha will leave his position as deputy CEO on Oct. 15, after nearly six years at Carbios.

More recently, Ferreira was vice president of transformation for Arkema Coatings’ business unit. Alarcon has held various managing positions in R&D, technology, business development, manufacturing and customer technical support at BP Chemicals, INEOS and more recently Sibur.

Before joining Carbios, Tillon held various functions in marketing-communication and sales direction at Nestlé Waters, where he managed the Perrier brand, then at Publicis Group. More recently, he moved to the textile industry and was in charge of the international brand expansion at IKKS, the French fashion group.

In addition, Carbios strengthened its executive committee with the appointment of Pascal Bricout as chief strategy and financial officer.

Established in 2011 by Truffle Capital, Carbios is a green chemistry company, developing biological and innovative processes. Carbios deconstructs any type of PET into its basic components that can then be reused to produce new PET plastics with equivalent quality to virgin ones.

In 2022, Carbios signed an agreement with On, Patagonia, Puma and Salomon to develop solutions promoting the recyclability and circularity of their products.

Technology

Sedex

Sedex appointed Sonny Bangar as chief financial officer.

Bangar will sit on Sedex’s executive team and board of directors to help drive the business’s strategic aim of being a leader in making global supply chains more socially and environmentally sustainable.

More than 66,000 businesses use Sedex’s platform, technology and insights to manage business risk, build supply chain visibility, comply with legislation, operate sustainably and drive positive impacts for people and the environment. Sedex is a membership organization with offices in Australia, Chile, China, India, Japan and the U.S.

Lightspeed Commerce

Lightspeed Commerce Inc., a commerce platform for merchants to simplify, scale and create customer experiences, appointed Ryan Tabone as chief product and technology officer.

Tabone joins Lightspeed from Google, where he was most recently vice president and general manager of Google Pay and Google Finance.

Sourcing

Better Buying Institute

The Better Buying Institute appointed Anant Ahuja to its board of directors.

Ahuja is head of organizational development at Shahi Exports, a large apparel manufacturing company in India, and CEO and co-founder of the Good Business Lab, a not-for-profit labor innovation organization established to encourage businesses to improve workers’ lives.

Based in Arlington, Tex., Better Buying allows suppliers to anonymously rate the purchasing practices of the companies that buy their products so that the buyer knows which practices can be improved.