Movers & Shakers: CVS, Burberry, Bark, Gopuff, Tailored Brands Announce New Execs

Welcome to Movers & Shakers, a roundup of the latest executive movements in the retail industry.
Joneigh Khaldun

CVS Health Names VP, Chief Equity Officer


Joneigh Khaldun has been named vice president and chief equity officer at CVS Health.

Khaldun will lead the strategy to advance health equity for patients, members, providers, customers and communities served across all lines of the CVS Health business, Drug Store News reported. She and her team will focus on delivering culturally competent care that is fully integrated into the design and development of clinical and population health programs, products, services, interactions and communications. Kahldun will report to Kyu Rhee, MD, MPP, senior vice president and Aetna chief medical officer. 

Prior to joining CVS Health, Khaldun served as chief medical executive for the State of Michigan and chief deputy director for health in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, where she was responsible for public health and aging programs, Medicaid and behavioral health. She also led Michigan’s COVID-19 response before she was named to President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force.

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Burberry Taps New CEO


Jonathan Akeroyd has been named the new CEO of British fashion house Burberry. 

Akeroyd has served as CEO of Gianni Versace SpA since 2016. He will take on his new role at Burberry on April 1, 2022. He will report to Chair Gerry Murphy and the board of directors at Burberry.

Akeroyd also previously served as CEO of Alexander McQueen from 2004 to 2016 and has held a number of senior fashion roles at Harrods, a London-based luxury department store. 

Akeroyd succeeds current Burberry CEO Marco Gobbetti, who will be stepping down at the end of 2021. Murphy will chair the executive committee from this date until Akeroyd joins Burberry.

Bark Adds Three to Leadership Team


Bark, an omnichannel brand for dogs and the company behind BarkBox, has appointed three new leaders to its team.

Michael Novotny has been named president of Bark Eats. He has served as COO of Bark since 2019 and will work alongside co-founder Carly Strife in his new role.

Bark also named Anil Nair as its chief supply chain officer, managing all aspects of Bark’s  inbound, fulfillment and outbound operations. Nair most recently served as director of global logistics at Amazon. 

In addition, Bark announced Olly Downs is the company’s new president of data, analytics and machine learning. Downs brings more than 20 years of experience to the role, and he will be responsible for Bark’s enterprise big data, analytics, data science and machine learning strategy, as well as expanding customer personalization and enabling data-driven decision making at scale across the business. Prior to joining Bark, he served as vice president of marketing technology, data and machine learning at Zulilly.

Tailored Brands Snags Neiman Marcus Veteran as CFO


Tailored Brands, the omnichannel menswear specialty retailer, has named Brandy Richardson as its new CFO. 

Richardson joins the company with more than 20 years of experience in finance, business transformation, strategic planning and execution, capital allocation, investor relations, process improvement and technical accounting. She previously served as executive vice president and CFO of Neiman Marcus Group, where she played a key role in the retailer’s Chapter 11 restructuring and in refinancing their exit debt facilities. She was with the company for 15 years. 

With Tailored Brands, she will serve on the executive committee with responsibility for enterprise analytics, strategy, real estate, risk management and loss prevention, as well as all aspects of the finance organization.

Gopuff Makes Several New Hires


Instant needs fulfillment company Gopuff has added several new hires to its leadership team. 

The hires come at a time when the company has undertaken several recent acquisitions, including a European delivery platform and U.K.-based Fancy. The company also recently raised $1 billion in a funding round, bringing the company’s most recent valuation to $15 billion.

Sanjay Shah has been tapped as the company’s new senior vice president of North America fulfillment. He joins Gopuff from Beyond Meat, where he served as COO since 2019. He previously served as senior vice president of global energy at Tesla and spent time as an executive director at Dell overseeing supply chain, logistics, engineering and operations. Shah also served as vice president of North American customer fulfillment at Amazon for several years.

Gopuff announced four other appointments as the company continues to shore up its leadership amid expansions and acquisitions, including: 

  • Erica Matthews, vice president strategic development. Matthews joins Gopuff from Alibaba Group, where she served as the head of international corporate communications. She also served as chief of staff to the chairman and CEO at PepsiCo, and spent time at ExxonMobil.
  • Quintus Carstens, vice president North America fulfillment. Carstens joins Gopuff from Beyond Meat where he served as vice president of commercialization. He also served as Amazon’s regional director, responsible for the Western U.S. cross-dock operations.
  • Dan Beranek, vice president, product - fresh food. Prior to Gopuff, Beranek served as the senior vice president of product management at Hagerty, vice president digital at Sweetgreen, director of digital ordering at Starbucks, and as head of social commerce at Target. 
  • Jon Feldman, vice president, global delivery operations & strategy. Prior to Gopuff, Feldman spent seven years at Uber, most recently serving as head of global operations strategy & planning of Uber Delivery.