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Shuffle Board: Nordstrom Promotes Scott Meden, Marvin Ellison Gets Additional Role at J.C. Penney


Scott Meden was named as Nordstrom’s new executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He will succeed Brian Dennehy, who recently left the company. Previously, Meden served as Nordstrom’s EVP and general merchandise manager of shoes. Nordstrom tapped women’s specialized division merchandise manager Kristin Frossmo to succeed Meden.


Target appointed Ben Cook as its new senior vice president of global logistics, inventory allocation and replenishment. He will be responsible for managing Target’s inbound and outbound supply chain processes, in addition to overseeing merchandise planning operations. Cook’s resume includes previous stints at Apple, The Home Depot and Kimberly-Clark. Starting July 24, he will assume his new position and report to Target’s EVP and chief supply chain and logistics officer, Arthur Valdez.

Doneger Group

The Doneger Group tapped former Bill Blass Group chief operating officer Stuart Goldblatt as its new SVP of business development. Goldblatt joined Bill Blass two years ago, where he was responsible for bringing the brand to market, initiating e-commerce and fostering retail distribution. A replacement for Goldblatt has not been named.


Italian denim powerhouse Gas hired Yossi Cohen as its new creative director. Cohen previously worked with luxury brands Ballantyne and Desa. In conjunction with his debut, Cohen also designed a capsule collection for men and women that celebrates the denim brand’s heritage.

Oscar de la Renta

Creative director Peter Copping has left Oscar de la Renta for personal circumstances. Copping joined the brand after de la Renta’s death, where he worked to reform the brand for a younger generation, despite tension from traditional clientele. A successor has yet to be announced.

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Walmart’s chief data officer, Venkat Achanta, is leaving the retail sector. Achanta was tapped as Neustar’s new chief data and analytics officer, where he will be responsible for expanding its attribution platform. Since 2014, Achanta helped Walmart with its digital e-commerce transition. Walmart has not determined a replacement for Achanta’s role at this time. has appointed Coco Chan as its new head of women’s ready-to-wear accessories. She joins from Harvey Nichols, where she served as the brand’s senior buyer for international designer ready-to-wear.

J.C. Penney

Chief executive officer Marvin Ellison was appointed to the additional role of chairman, effective next month. His predecessor, Myron (Mike) Ullman, will be retiring from his position. The transition, which was planned by the company two years ago, is expected to be completed by the end of August.