Meijer Names New CEO, Gordmans New SVP

Libbey begins a search to replace its CFO
December 9, 2016Andrea Lillo

CareerMoves20163x2NEW YORK—Meijer, Gordmans and Burlington Stores have made executive announcements this week, as did Sullivan and Dallas Market Center. Libbey’s vice president and CFO has left the company, and a Cort territory sales manager has been named 2016 Associate of the Year.

Rick Keyes, president of Meijer, will assume the additional role of CEO on Jan. 1, succeeding Hank Meijer, who will become executive chairman. A 27-year veteran of the Midwestern hypermarket and grocery retailer, Keyes was named president last year. He will be the first non-Meijer family member to serve as the company’s CEO.

Gordmans has appointed Ramin Mozafari senior vice president of planning and allocation. In his new role, Mozafari is responsible for assortment planning and allocation, and reports directly to the retailer’s president and CEO, Andy Hall. He succeeded Geoff Ayoub, who left Gordmans earlier this year. Before joining Gordmans, Mozafari was with Kohl’s serving as senior vice president and divisional merchandise manager for accessories and, prior to that, senior vice president of planning and allocation for Center Core. His career also includes merchandising and planning positions with DSW and Macy’s.

Frank Cooper, III, has resigned from the board of directors at Burlington Stores Inc. Cooper has joined BlackRock Inc., and in his new position will not be serving on public company boards. Cooper served on Burlington’s nominating and corporate governance committee. He joined Burlington’s board in September 2014. Following Cooper’s resignation, the board now has nine members.

Sherry Buck, vice president and chief financial officer of glassmaker Libbey, will leave the company effective Dec. 31 to pursue another professional opportunity. Libbey has hired executive search firm Crist|Kolder Associates to conduct a search for Buck’s replacement. In the interim, Buck’s former duties will be assumed by Ronni Smith, vice president, corporate controller.

Tom Russo has been named president and CEO of home décor manufacturer Sullivan Inc. Russo is succeeding Mark J. Miller, who resigned in November for personal reasons. A veteran of the giftware, housewares and tabletop industries, Russo most recently served as president and CEO of Vandor, a manufacturer of licensed gift and tabletop products.

Jarrod Clay, territory sales manager for furniture rental company Cort, has been named 2016 Associate of the Year by the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association, a trade association for the multifamily rental housing industry, for his outstanding service and support of the association. This past year, Clay served as president of the products and services council for GCAA and chairman of the board of the southwest chapter of the Chamber of Commerce.

Andrea LilloAndrea Lillo | Fashion Editor

Andrea Lillo has written about a variety of topics, from beer gardens in Queens to kitchen design trends to residential caves. Having joined Home Furnishings News in 2006, she serves as Fashion Editor.


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