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Shuffle Board: Walmart, J.C. Penney, Levi’s Name Executive Hires

J.C. Penney

J.C. Penney on Friday announced that Therace Risch would be replacing Scott Laverty as executive vice president and chief information officer, effective immediately.

Previously, Risch served as executive vice president and chief information officer at Country Financial, where she was responsible for all technology strategies, as well as data security. Prior to that, she spent 10 years at Target in a variety of roles.

“Therace is an outstanding IT professional with an extensive background of merging innovative retail technologies and powerful applications to drive both brick-and-mortar and online growth,” Marvin Ellison, chief executive officer of the Plano, Texas-based retailer, said. “We are pleased to blend her 20 years of experience with the recently announced leaders of e-commerce and supply chain to offer a seamless omnichannel shopping experience across multiple customer touch points.”


Walmart CEO Doug McMillon made another major move last week, promoting Tony Rogers to the role of U.S. chief marketing officer. He will replace Stephen Quinn, who will retire at the end of the current fiscal year after holding the position for eight years.

Rogers joined Walmart 10 years ago and most recently served as the retailer’s marketing chief in China. His resume includes several years in marketing for PepsiCo Inc.’s Frito-Lay’s division.

Earlier this year, McMillon revealed that Brett Biggs would replace Charles Holley as chief financial officer and he filled a year-long vacancy when he appointed Steve Bratspies to the role of chief merchant.


San Francisco-based Levi Strauss & Co. on Friday announced that Carrie Ask will join the company as executive vice president and president of global retail, effective February 16, when she will assume responsibility for leading and growing all aspects of Levi’s 2,700 owned and operated stores, franchises and outlets.

“Carrie has demonstrated a successful track record of driving retail strategy and execution at leading brands,” Chip Bergh, president and chief executive officer at Levi’s, stated. “She’s recognized as a collaborative leader who delivers strong results and we know she’ll be a powerful addition to our team.”

Previously, Ask served as vice president and general manager for Nike Stores North America at Nike Inc. She also held leadership positions at Converse, a Nike-owned subsidiary, and at Petco, Target and BC Natural Foods.