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Shuffle Board: HSN CEO Exits, Sears Appoints New CFO, Debenhams Builds Exec Fleet

Bluestem Group

Bluestem Group appointed two new board members, Lisa Gavales and Alexander Smith.

Gavales previously served as the CEO, president and chairman of Things Remembered and president and CMO of Talbots, Inc. She has also held other leadership roles at Bloomingdale’s and Express. Smith joins Bluestem Group from Pier 1 Imports, Inc., where he served as the CEO and president for nine years. His resume also includes previous stints at TJX Companies, Inc. and Tumi Holdings, Inc.

Chico’s FAS Inc.

Chico’s nominated Deborah L. Kerr to its board of directors. Kerr joins Chico’s from Sabre Corporation, where she recently served as EVP and chief product and technology officer. Her predecessor, Ross E. Roeder, is retiring from the board on June 22.


In line with its strategic restructuring plan, Sears appointed a new executive. Rob Riecker, who currently serves as controller and head of capital market activities, was named CFO of Sears Holdings. Riecker joined Sears as assistant controller in 2005 and has held other leadership roles within the company. He succeeds Jason Hollar, who exited his role to pursue other career opportunities.


Debenhams added two new executive directors to its corporate fleet. Angela Morrison was appointed as technology and supply chain director, while Sally Hyndman was appointed as HR director. Both will resume their new roles in May.


HSN CEO Mindy Grossman is stepping down from her role to become the CEO of Weight Watchers, effective May 24. In the meantime, the company has created an Office of the Chief Executive, which will include CFO Rod R. Little, HSNi CMO and HSN president William C. Brand, HSNi COO and president of Cornerstone Brands, Inc. Judy A. Schmeling. Together, the office will manage day-to-day operations until a successor is named.

Zadig & Voltaire

Luxury veteran Jean-Jacques Guével was hired as Zadig & Voltaire’s general manager. Guével previously served as the international director of Céline for eight years. He has also held other leadership positions at LVMH and S.T. Dupont.

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DSW announced three new executive appointments this week.

Michele Love was hired as EVP and COO, effective May 1. In her new role, Love will oversee customer engagement and delivering DSW’s unique in-store experience in over 500 locations nationwide. Love has held previous leadership roles at various retailers, including Nordstrom.

James Weinberg was appointed as the GMM of women’s footwear. As a merchandising veteran, Weinberg joined DSW in 2015, where he held the roles of SVP, general manager of the company’s affiliate business group and SVP of commercial operations. Prior to DSW, Weinberg served as CMO and president at Beyond the Rack and SVP, GMM at Burlington Coat Factory.

Nacy Pastor was named as GMM of accessories. Prior to joining DSW, Pastor served as the group VP of jewelry, handbags and dress accessories at Macy’s. Her resume also includes previous stints at New York and Company, Payless Shoe Stores and Saks Fifth Avenue.