Target Hires Former Walmart Exec for Network Planning
November 11, 2016,
NEW YORK—Target has hired Shekar Natarajan for the newly created role of senior vice president, network planning and operational design. He will report to Target’s executive vice president and chief supply chain and logistics officer, Arthur Valdez. Natarajan will join the company Nov. 20 and will oversee the design of its direct-to-store and direct-to-guest supply chain network. Most recently, he was vice president of last mile operations, emerging sciences and operational excellence at Walmart.
In other home furnishings personnel news, Michael Stype has been named director of quality for Pleasant Mattress, a new position for the manufacturer. Stype is responsible for quality assurance of incoming raw materials and output of new products. He reports directly to Rion Morgenstern, president and CEO. Stype joined Pleasant Mattress in 2011 as plant manager, and his career includes executive positions with Serta, Simmons and International Bedding Corp.
Gold Bond Mattress has named Jerry Colpitts territory manager responsible for the company’s sales in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Colpitts is succeeding long-time sales representative John Worley and reports to Robert Naboicheck, president. Worley, who worked for the company for 19 years, recently died. Colpitts’ career includes managerial positions with Scandinavian Designs, Mattress Discounters and Waterrest Bedroom. In 1995, Colpitts opened Slumberrest/Bedrooms with partners and sold his share in the business in 2008.
Maura Regan is joining the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association as executive vice president. Regan joins LIMA from Sesame Workshop. She’s also a past chairman of LIMA’s Board of Directors.
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