Comings & Goings: February 2017

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Comings & Goings: February 2017

By Charlie Menchaca - 01/31/2017

Brand Marketers

Coach, New York

Kevin Wills was named chief financial officer, effective no later than March. He replaces Jane Nielsen, who departed from Coach in August. Interim CFO Andrea Shaw Resnick will continue as global head of investor relations and corporate communications.

Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta

President and chief operating officer James Quincey, a 20-year veteran of the company, will succeed Muhtar Kent as CEO, effective May 1. Kent will continue as board chairman.

The Hershey Co., Hershey, Pennsylvania

Executive vice president and chief operating officer Michele Buck is being promoted to president and CEO effective March 1. The 11-year company veteran will succeed John P. Bilbrey, who has announced his retirement.

Lego, Billund, Denmark

Chief operations officer Bali Padda succeeded Jorgen Vig Knudstorp as Lego Group CEO. Vig Knudstorp will head the newly formed Lego Brand Group with deputy chair Thomas Kirk Kristiansen.


Kroger, Cincinnati

Yael Cosset, chief commercial officer and chief information officer of Kroger-owned marketing agency 84.51, replaced retiring Kroger group vice president and chief digital officer Kevin Dougherty.

Lands’ End, Dodgeville, Wisconsin

Tumi Holdings president and CEO Jerome Griffith was named CEO, effective March 6. Griffith will succeed Joseph Boitano and James Gooch, who have served as co-interim CEOs since September 2016, when the company announced its search for a permanent leader.

Staples, Framingham, Massachusetts

Staples promoted Faisal Masud to the newly created role of chief technology officer. The position combines Masud’s current duties as executive vice president of global e-commerce with that of former chief information officer Tom Canopy, who left the retailer in August after three years. Masud will be responsible for global technology and continuing to build the company’s digital efforts.

Wakefern Food Corp., Keasbey,  New Jersey

ShopRite owner Wakefern Food Corp. promoted company veteran Chris Lane to the newly created position of executive vice president for the entire organization. Lane, a 13-year veteran of the company, will guide Wakefern’s day-to-day operations and strategic planning.



Group M, New York

Director of tactical planning Ed Gaffney was promoted to head of implementation research and marketplace analysis in the U.S. He succeeds and reports to president of investment for North America Lyle Schwartz.

RAPP Worldwide, New York

Acting CEO Marco Scognamiglio succeeds Alexei Orlov as global CEO. Scognamiglio previously spent more than a year as president, EMEA and APAC, and executive vice president, global clients. He is a 17-year veteran of the company.

Simmons Research, New York

Steve Dennen was named vice president and head of partnerships. Dennen will help the company realize its measurement science vision through vertically focused partnerships and the development of cross-channel applications, including data activation. He previously held senior leadership positions on the product management and business development teams at comScore.