Comings and Goings January 2019

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Comings and Goings January 2019

By Institute Staff - 12/13/2018


Kimberly-Clark, Irving, Texas

Michael Hsu, Kimberly-Clark president and chief operating officer, was promoted to CEO. He succeeds Thomas Falk, who has served as the company’s top leader since 2002. Falk will become executive board chairman to ensure a smooth transition. Hsu previously oversaw the company’s North American personal care and consumer tissue businesses.


Ahold Delhaize, Zaandam, Netherlands

Albert Heijn general manager Selma Postma was named president of Peapod. With nearly 20 years of experience at the chain, she led the transformation of Albert Heijn into an omnichannel retailer by optimizing its website and creating such customer-facing features as list predictors, voice assistants and subscription services.

Fred’s, Memphis, Tennessee

Former Marsh Supermarkets and SpartanNash executive Amit Bhardwaj joined Fred’s as vice president of customer experience. As senior director of customer loyalty at Marsh, Bhardwaj increased core customer engagement for the retailer’s personalized delivery. He managed the customer loyalty, marketing and digital operations teams. At SpartanNash, Bhardwaj directed B2C and B2B consumer and loyalty marketing operations.

Lowe’s, Mooresville, North Carolina

Lowe’s filled its vacant chief information officer role with Target senior vice president Seemantini Godbole. She succeeded Paul Ramsay, who quietly departed in August after seven years with the company. As senior vice president, digital and marketing technology, Godbole helped lead Target’s digital tech transformation, including the re-architecture of the company’s digital platforms and implementation of agile product management. In other news, David Denton officially left his chief financial officer post at CVS Health to work in the same position at Lowe’s. Tiffany Mason, who had been serving as interim chief financial officer, resumed her role as senior vice president of corporate finance and treasurer.

Office Depot, Boca Raton, Florida

Senior vice president Kevin Moffitt was promoted to executive vice president, chief retail officer. The appointment was made in connection with the company’s focus on its strategic initiatives to grow sales of products and services for small and medium-sized businesses and leverage the company’s retail business.

Pier 1 Imports, Fort Worth, Texas

White House Black Market brand president Donna Noce Colaco was named Pier 1 Imports chief customer officer. In this newly created position, Colaco leads the merchandising organization and oversees product development, planning and allocations, stores, marketing and e-commerce. She reports to president and CEO Alasdair James.


Nielsen, New York

David Kenny, former IBM senior vice president of cognitive solutions, joined Nielsen as CEO. He succeeds Mitch Barns who retired from the company after 22 years. Most recently, Kenny led IBM’s AI platform and portfolio. He also was responsible for developing IBM Watson and its cloud platform. Kenny previously was chairman and chief executive of The Weather Company, joining IBM after their acquisition of The Weather Company’s product and technology business.

POP Displays, Yonkers, New York

Company veteran Roseanne Alletto was promoted to senior vice president of innovative solutions. In the role, Alletto drives innovation within the organization and with its clients. Alletto has more than 30 years’ business experience in the P-O-P display industry, and 18 of those years have been at POP Displays. Her background includes estimating, project management, sales, development and sales operations. Alletto was one of the founders of Women in POP, an industry-wide organization that was established in the 1990s to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and research.

Quotient, Mountain View, California

Quotient promoted two of its senior leaders, Chad Summe and Jason Young, to strengthen the company’s ability to deliver on the future of CPG and retailer marketing. Summe is now chief operating officer and Young is the chief marketing and media officer. As the COO, Summe is responsible for Quotient’s operations, revenue and go-to-market strategies with CPGs and retailers. Summe joined Quotient in 2012 and most recently was senior vp and general manager of brands and retail, leading all sales functions and overseeing brand and retail partnerships. Beyond his contributions driving Quotient’s revenue growth, Summe has been instrumental in leading the company’s expansion in Cincinnati, where it currently has more than 200 employees. Jason Young, based in Quotient’s New York office, is responsible for overseeing media, including media-related data strategy, product and engineering.