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Retail's top execs are on the move

Amid supply and labor chaos, retail’s top dogs at Gap, CVS, and Amazon made big moves in July.
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The retail industry dominated global headlines again in July, with supply-chain problems in California, layoffs at Shopify, and dire profit warnings from Walmart. But amid the chaos are some exciting moves by the industry’s top dogs. Let’s jump in:

  • Amazon’s SVP of Global Corporate Affairs Jay Carney, who formerly served as White House Press Secretary under President Barack Obama, is heading to Airbnb, where he’ll be the global head of policy and communications.
    • Carney, who helped grow Amazon’s lobbying efforts, will report directly to Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, and be based in Washington, DC, the company said.
  • Gap CEO Sonia Syngal is stepping down, and the executive chairman of the company’s board, Bob Martin, will serve as interim president and CEO.
  • L’Oréal executive Marianna Trofimova headed to Function of Beauty to become the custom hair care company’s new chief marketing officer.
    • Trofimova is the second L’Oréal vet to join FOB, following Alexandra Papazian, who took on the CEO role in September.
  • PVH announced that David Savman (formerly of H&M) will replace Sarah Clarke as chief supply chain officer later this year.
    • Elsewhere in the supply-chain world, Kohl’s said Paul Gaffney, its chief technology and supply chain officer, will step down on August 1, and will be replaced by Siobhan McFeeney, who most recently served as EVP of the company’s technology division.
  • Meanwhile, at Nordstrom, retiring Chief Marketing Officer Scott Meden will be replaced by company veteran Deniz Anders.
    • Nordstrom also tapped Dick’s Sporting Goods exec Nina Barjesteh to lead the company’s private label brands.
  • Johnson & Johnson’s general counsel Michael Ullmann is retiring, the company said. He will be succeeded by Elizabeth Forminard.
  • And CVS appointed its first chief data, digital, and technology officer, Tilak Mandadi, who came from MGM Resorts International.

Checking out: Instacart said its founder and executive chairman, Apoorva Mehta, will step away from the board once the delivery company goes public. Mehta, who founded Instacart in 2012, will be replaced on the board by CEO Fidji Simo.—MA

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