Movers & Shakers: Target, Albertsons, Casey’s Appoint New Execs

Welcome to Movers & Shakers, a roundup of recent executive appointments from across the retail industry.
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Target Names New SVP for Home Category

Target is expanding its talent for its home category, an area that saw big growth during the Covid-19 pandemic as consumers spent more time at home. Samara Tuchband has been named senior vice president of merchandising, home, beginning May 3.

In her new role, Tuchband, who will report to Jill Sando, Target’s executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, will oversee merchandising and omnichannel business for the home category. She previously served as VP of merchandising and head of diversity and inclusion at Northbrook, Illinois-based Crate and Barrel Holdings Inc., and brings nearly 20 years of merchandising and marketing experience in the home and lifestyle categories to the role.

With Target, she will help execute and advance the retailer’s home strategy, which defines itself through a curated assortment of quality owned-brand and national-brand products at competitive prices.

Samara brings a deep understanding and strong reputation for driving digital and merchandising success within the home category,” said Sando. “At a time when home is more important than ever to our guests, Samara’s passion for creating memorable consumer experiences will strengthen our home business and enhance our commitment to bringing joy to our guests’ everyday lives.”

See the full story at Progressive Grocer.


Albertsons Appoints Chief Data Officer

Supermarket chain Albertsons has appointed Danielle Crop, a machine learning and data capabilities expert, as its senior vice president and chief data officer.

The new role highlights the retailer’s aim to accelerate its data strategy. Crop, who comes to Albertsons by way of American Express, will build and execute a central data strategy that delivers on an omnichannel front, Drug Store News reported. Using machine learning and data science work, Crop will enhance Albertsons performance. 

She previously spent 15 years American Express, working on the company’s data science. 

“Today, excellence in delighting customers can be quantified as knowing what they want before they do, and having the capability to deliver it when they want it, no matter how they shop,” said Chris Rupp, executive vice president and chief digital officer. “How we translate what we get from data into an enhanced customer experience will further differentiate us as a locally great and nationally strong retailer. Danielle’s work has been at the intersection of data and the customer experience for the majority of her career, and we are excited to have a leader of her caliber to guide Albertsons Companies’ customer experience into the future.”

See the full story at Drug Store News.


Casey’s Snags Walmart’s IT Security Expert

Casey’s General Stores, a convenience store retailer, has snagged information security expert Paul Suarez as its chief information security officer, a newly created role for the company.

Suarez previously served as senior director, international info security at Walmart, and brings 35 years of experience in cybersecurity, network operations and telecommunications to the new role, Chain Store Age reported.

“Paul’s longtime retailer experience paired with his cybersecurity expertise will take Casey’s security strategy to the next level,” said Adrian Butler, CIO of Casey’s. “I am pleased to have him join the information technology leadership team at Casey’s as we evolve our organizational structure and support Casey’s strategic plan.”

Casey’s operates more than 2,200 stores in 16 states.

See the full story at Chain Store Age.


AutoZone Hires New SVP and CIO

Auto replacement parts retailer and distributor AutoZone has named Michelle Borninkhof as its new senior vice president and chief information officer. 

Borninkhof joins the retailer from McDonald’s, where she served as vice president for U.S. technology since 2018. In her new role, she replaces the retiring Ron Griffin and will become a member of AutoZone’s executive committee, RIS reported. 

At McDonald’s, Borninkhof was responsible for strategy, development and execution of the company’s technology products and services to 14,000 U.S. restaurants, including customer-facing technologies, back-office applications. She also spent 11 years with Walmart, serving as vice president, international technology delivery, and 10 years with Target.

“She is well-positioned to build upon and accelerate our progress while effectively serving the organization and our customers for many years to come,” said AutoZone CEO, President and Chairman Bill Rhodes.

See the full story at RIS.