Movers & Shakers: Chanel, Utz Make Appointments; Instacart, Starbucks Execs Make Exit

Welcome to Movers & Shakers, a roundup of executive movements in the retail sector.

Chanel Announces New CEO


Leena Nair has been named the new CEO of fashion brand Chanel. Nair previously served as chief human resources officer of Unilever, a company she has been with for 30 years.

Nair’s appointment as CEO comes three years after Chanel’s creative director, Karl Lagerfield, passed away. Chanel also shuttered its U.S. operations last year to focus on its London operations.

Instacart’s President to Depart After 3 Months


Carolyn Everson, president of Instacart, is stepping down from her role at the end of the year. 

Everson, who joined Instacart as president in September 2021, announced her departure via a Facebook post. 

“Her departure was a mutual decision and not one that we took lightly,” Instacart CEO Fidji Simo said in a statement. “We believe it's the right decision for both the company and Carolyn based on our priorities and the role she was looking for at this point in her career.”

Everson will be taking time off to figure out her next career move, she wrote. In her role as president, Everson oversaw the retail, business development and advertising services in addition to legal, pickup and policy teams. 

“My time at Instacart will be coming to a close at the end of the year,” she wrote. “Fidji and I have been friends for over 10 years and our relationship is grounded in respect and trust and we both agreed that this was the best decision for the company and for me personally.”

Utz Names New Board Member


Snack food company Utz has named Pamela Stewart to its board as a member.

Stewart is currently a leader at the Coca-Cola Co., serving as president of west zone operations for the company’s North America operating unit. As a board member with Utz, she will serve on the compensation committee and provide strategic counsel to Utz’s management.

“As a high-level CPG executive, she brings a wealth of knowledge in the consumer-packaged goods space,” said Roger Deromedi, chairman of the board for Utz. “We look forward to working with Pamela and leveraging her many experiences to enhance shareholder value in the near and long term.”

See the full story at Progressive Grocer

Starbucks CTO Stepping Down


Gerri Martin-Flickinger, chief technology officer and executive vice president at Starbucks, is stepping down from the role after six years. 

Martin-Flickinger, who joined Starbucks in 2015, made the announcement on her LinkedIn page. 

“Working at the intersection of consumer digital and technology at scale has been exciting, and I am looking forward to continuing to leverage my passion and knowledge, especially for companies beginning this journey or looking for a step-change in capabilities,” Martin-Flickinger wrote. “I continue to have close ties to Silicon Valley tech, so my husband and I will likely land back in Northern [California] as our girls head to college next year.”

She formerly served as senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO) at Adobe from 2006 to 2015. She also previously served as CIO at VeriSign, Network Associates and McAfee Associates.

See the full story at RIS News.