Leadership

Vote for Your Favorite Retail Technology Service Provider Today!
October 31, 2019 at 1:07 pm

Have you heard of the Vendors in Partnership (VIP) Awards? The awards program was created to celebrate innovation, empathy and excellence among the retail solution provider community. In addition to celebrating great product solutions, the companies that are recognized are those that are willing to make changes that are meaningful in creating a better partnership…

Nike CEO Mark Parker is Stepping Down Next Year
October 23, 2019 at 12:41 pm

Nike Chief Executive Mark Parker announced yesterday that he will be stepping down from the position in early January, according to the Los Angeles Times. Former eBay CEO John Donahoe will be taking over for Parker, starting on Jan. 13. While Donahoe will take over as CEO and president of Nike, Parker, who has been with…

Under Armour CEO and Founder Kevin Plank Stepping Down
October 22, 2019 at 10:24 am

In a surprise announcement, Kevin Plank, who founded Under Armour in 1996 while still in college, announced Tuesday he is stepping down as CEO. Plank will be replaced by Chief Operating Officer Patrik Frisk, effective Jan. 1. Frisk will also join Under Armour's board, while Plank transitions to executive chairman and brand chief. Plank is…

Bed Bath & Beyond Hires Ex-Target Exec as its New CEO
October 11, 2019 at 10:51 am

Bed Bath & Beyond ended its four-month search for a new CEO when it named Mark Tritton, Target's chief merchandising officer, to the role on Wednesday. Tritton worked in Target's C-suite for three years, helping build its popular stable of private-label clothing and home furnishings' brands. He has also been an executive at Nordstrom, Nike…

How Aaron's Made Room for the Innovation Process
October 4, 2019 at 12:40 pm

Most retailers know that innovation is key to surviving — and thriving — in the accelerating digital age, but what most retailers don’t understand is how to get there. This is what John Trainor, chief information officer and senior vice president, digital product at Aaron's, discussed during last week's Total Retail Tech event in Philadelphia. Trainor's keynote presentation,…

CMO Vision: Who or What Drives Your Marketing Strategy?
August 27, 2019 at 11:34 am

Who ultimately “owns” the marketing strategy of your brand or organization? Who is pulling the strings? I believe any marketing leader would ultimately like to respond to those questions with the answer, “I am.” Based on my own personal experience, that's not necessarily always the case. Merchants in Control I’ve worked for a number of large,…

2019 Top Women in Retail
August 8, 2019

Women in Retail Leadership Circle's 9th Annual List of the Leading Female Executives in Retail

Report: Walmart Shuffling Execs to Further Integrate Stores, Digital
July 22, 2019 at 2:34 pm

Walmart is making further organizational changes as it continues to integrate its store and digital operations and leadership, according to a July 19 memo obtained by CNBC that was sent by CEO Doug McMillon to the retailer’s employees. The biggest change announced is Walmart's move to bring the U.S. supply chain teams together, which will be led…

Grunt Style CEO Daniel Alarik on Leadership, Growth Challenges, and Retail Trends
July 9, 2019 at 12:34 pm

While attending the IRCE at RetailX conference in Chicago, Total Retail's Joe Keenan interviewed Daniel Alarik, founder and CEO of Grunt Style, a patriotic apparel brand. During the discussion, Alarik touches on his career shift from the military into retail, what influenced him to start Grunt Style, and why he values hiring military veterans. In addition, Alarik shares his…