Target Hires Former Walmart Exec for Network Planning

Mattress makers also make personnel moves
November 11, 2016Allison Zisko

CareerMoves20163x2NEW 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.

Jerome’s Furniture named Kevin Bligh chief operating officer, reporting to CEO Brian Woods. Mostly recently, Bligh was chief financial officer for Vionx Energy Corporation.

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.

Allison ZiskoAllison Zisko | Managing Editor/Tabletop Editor
azisko@hfnmag.com

After 15 years of covering the tabletop industry, Allison Zisko is still as enthusiastic as ever about the dinnerware, glassware and flatware categories. An in-depth analysis of how the category works intrigues her just as much as the latest fashion trends. As managing editor, Allison oversees the daily e-newsletter and works behind the scenes to help produce the print issue each month. She also directs HFN’s housewares coverage and covers the cutlery category. An avid reader, Allison is eager to talk to anyone and everyone about the latest book they are reading.

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