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November 26, 2014

All 14 regions of the Lowe’s empire achieved positive comp-store sales in the third quarter as the company remains “cautiously optimistic about the home improvement landscape.” 

Top sellers at Lowe’s in the period that saw 5.1% comp-store sales: outdoor power equipment, with double-digit comps, said Michael Jones, chief customer officer for the Mooresville, North Carolina-based retail giant.

November 18, 2014

Lowe's has brought back Ross McCanless to fill the role of general counsel, secretary and chief compliance officer, effective Jan. 12, 2015. 

McCanless previously held the legal role at Lowe's from 2003 to 2006. Since then, he went on to serve as chief legal officer, general counsel and secretary for Extended Stay America, Inc. and ESH Hospitality, Inc.

In his new position with Lowe's, he will be responsible for the company's legal matters, as well as advising the chairman and board of directors on corporate governance.

November 4, 2014

Durham, North Carolina-based Cree is promoting a new LED bulb designed for superior lighting and resembling a traditional incandescent bulb.  

The Cree LED Bulb features a new innovative design with the same cost savings and 25,000-hour lifetime that made the original Cree LED Bulb America’s best-selling LED bulb. 

The Home Depot sells the new Cree LED Bulb for as low as $7.97.

October 16, 2014

As part of a broad strategic plan, True Value unveiled a new approach to merchandising and pricing during the Chicago-based co-op’s General Session in Denver.

One takeaway: expect fewer opening price points in the True Value assortments. “No one makes money on opening-price-point product,” said Ken Goodgame, True Value’s senior VP and chief merchandise officer.

October 15, 2014

Beacon Roofing Supply has brought Christopher Harrison on board as EVP and chief human resources officer.

“I am very excited about Chris joining the Beacon team," said president and CEO Paul Isabella. "I am confident that his strength and experience will be a benefit for Beacon as we drive continuous improvement and growth through our entire organization. He will be a great addition to Beacon's senior management team.”

October 13, 2014

Plano, Texas-based Rent-A-Center Inc. appointed Anurag Gupta to VP, enterprise project management office (EPMO).

Reporting to Doug Guziec, senior VP and chief strategy officer, Gupta is charged with broad oversight of Rent-A-Center’s portfolio of business initiatives. His responsibilities include the establishment of processes and controls designed to manage all phases of these initiatives. He's also tasked with the strategic evaluation of prospective business initiatives with an eye for determining which are green-lighted and when they are to be initiated.

October 12, 2014

 

Denver – True Value unveiled big plans for its advertising in 2015. In President and CEO John Hartmann's words, "the changes will be transformational, and I mean like we haven't advertised in over a decade."

Hartmann left it up to SVP & Chief Customer Officer Blake Fohl and SVP & Chief Merchandise Officer Ken Goodgame to deliver the news of an expanded national TV branding campaign. They described a national television program with ten times more spend in 2015. 

October 9, 2014

True Value has hired Jean Niemi, a former Home Depot communications executive, as the Chicago-based co-op’s new senior director, corporate communications. 

A veteran communications executive with more than 15 years of experience at Fortune 500 corporations and leading public relations agencies, Niemi will lead and oversee all media relations, executive engagements, employee and retailer communications, and manage the corporate communications team.

October 3, 2014

Lumber Liquidators has promoted Ray Cotton to the title of SVP and chief compliance and sustainability officer.

In his new role, he will take on the added task of leading the company's strategic quality and sustainability initiatives, its environmental outreach and its sourcing and product compliance policies.

Cotton was most recently serving as VP and chief compliance and sustainability officer. He will maintain his responsibilities overseeing quality assurance, sustainable sourcing, loss prevention, risk management and legal compliance.

August 14, 2014

3M has appointed Sondra Barbour to its board of directors. 

Barbour currently is executive VP of Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions business division and an officer of Lockheed Martin.

August 12, 2014

Kmart has a new president and chief member officer in Alasdair James, who will be leaving his job as Tesco's commercial director, global business.

In his new role, James will be charged with driving the Kmart format strategy, managing the Kmart P&L and aligning merchandise, marketing, pricing and selling for Shop Your Way members.

July 28, 2014

As part of its continued growth strategy, Williams-Sonoma made several organizational changes to its management team.

Chief marketing officer Pat Connolly has been elevated to chief strategy and business development officer. Connolly will work closely with senior management to refine the company’s long-term strategy, including the development of new businesses, and the evaluation and execution of acquisitions and alliances that can provide significant growth. 

July 23, 2014

Julie Lyle, chief marketing officer for Indianapolis appliance, electronics and furniture retailer hhgregg, has been named the 2015 chairperson for the Global Retail Marketing Association (GRMA) Advisory Board.

As chairperson, Lyle will lead the GRMA Advisory Board and play a key role in the development of the organization’s strategic initiatives and thought leadership. Lyle succeeds Brian Beitler, EVP and chief marketing officer, David’s Bridal, who served as chairman from 2012 to 2014.

July 9, 2014

Steve Mahurin has left Orchard Supply Hardware, where the veteran home improvement merchant and retail industry executive held the title Chief Retail Officer.

According to the San Jose, Calif.-based retailer, Mahurin’s position was eliminated as the company transitions to a focus on operations and expansion. 

July 9, 2014

In their latest round of back-to-back earnings call presentations, Home Depot and Lowe’s trotted out statistics for a weather-beaten first quarter, along with insights on what worked and what didn’t.

Michael Jones stepped into the role of Lowe’s chief customer officer by stepping up to the microphone. Jones, who replaced the retiring Greg Bridgeford earlier this year, walked analysts and investors through Lowe’s performance, which saw a comp-store sales increase of 0.9%.

June 6, 2014

In continuation of its personnel expansion for the new post-split company, Rayonier Advanced Materials has appointed Benson Woo to the title of CFO.

The move was precipitated by the recent split from Rayonier of its Performance Fibers businees, now known as Rayonier Advanced Materials.  

June 3, 2014

Lumber Liquidators has taken some steps in the aftermath of the investigation it underwent last fall after an environmental advocacy group leveled chargers against the retailer, claiming it was knowingly sourcing wood from protected forests.

Among those steps is the formalization of its compliance and sustainability team, the members of which it announced on Tuesday.

May 22, 2014

BarkClad is promoting a siding product designed to mimic the beauty of traditional poplar bark siding.

“We’ve been working for the past several years to perfect a sustainable alternative to natural bark siding, and SmartBark is the exciting result,” said Brian Summers, corporate operations officer of BarkClad. “We’re thrilled to be able to bring to the marketplace this ingenious new product that builds on our company’s long tradition of excellence.” 

May 9, 2014

Sustainable masonry manufacturer CalStar Products has appointed John Stephenson as its chief marketing officer. Stephenson spent more than 25 years in marketing and management roles for window and exterior product manufacturers.

April 30, 2014

Installed Building Products has welcomed Todd Fry to the company as chief accounting officer and principal accounting officer.

Reporting to CFO Michael Miller, Fry will bring his considerable financial experience to bear on his new role. He was most recently CFO of Champion Industries, a role he served in for 15 years.

March 13, 2014

The 2014 Home Improvement Research Institute Spring Conference -- “Paths to Knowing Home Improvement” -- will take place April 10 in Orlando, with a full slate of research-oriented presentations.

Among the headliners is Lou Celi, president Americas and chief marketing officer for Oxford Economics.

Celi’s presentation is titled “Incorporating Macro Into Business Analytics.”

March 4, 2014

Lowe's has named Michael A. Jones chief customer officer, replacing the soon-to-be-retired Gregory Bridgeford.

Effective April 30, Jones (who is currently chief merchandising officer) will transition into his new role, in which he'll be responsible for developing a customer-centric experience via design, merchandising, marketing and digital interfaces.

February 28, 2014

Sales to pros are growing faster than sales to consumers at Lowe’s, which recently reported a fourth quarter sales gain of 5.6%.

According to Chief Customer Officer Greg Bridgeford, the Mooresville, N.C.-based retail giant sees an opportunity to capitalize on the pro market.

February 24, 2014

Houston -- Ace executives took the stage to deliver rousing speeches at the General Session of the Ace 2014 Spring Convention & Exhibits, congratulating retailers on a strong 2013 and outlining the co-op's vision for 2014 and beyond.

Ace even had a proprietary rock 'n' roll theme song dedicated to its strategic initiative, "20/20 Vision," which added a spirited component to a slide show presented at the session. "The view is worth the climb," crooned the singer.

February 20, 2014

Whirlpool Corporation has elected Geraldine "Gerri" Elliott, EVP and chief customer officer at Juniper Networks, to its board of directors.