Movers & Shakers: Walgreens, Macy’s Add New Execs; Bed, Bath & Beyond Chief Brand Officer Departs

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Walgreens Makes Three Executive Appointments


Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) has named three new executives: Danielle Gray was appointed executive vice president and global chief legal officer for WBA; Tracey Brown was named president of retail products and chief customer officer for Walgreens; and Jeff Gruener was named senior vice president and chief financial officer for Walgreens.

Gray comes to WBA from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, where she previously served as chief legal and administrative officer and corporate secretary since 2018. She has extensive experience in legal, policy and regulatory matters. In her new role with WBA, she will be responsible for supporting the company’s business strategy, goals and mitigating any legal barriers to achieving business objectives. She will also set WBA’s legal and compliance agenda.

Brown joins Walgreens in a newly-created position, in which she will be responsible for the Walgreens customer experience across all consumer touchpoints, and will help to create and execute key strategies that move the business forward in a complex and dynamic competitive landscape. She previously served as CEO of the American Diabetes Association, where she led a healthcare transformation and financial turnaround of the organization’s business. Prior to ADA, she served as senior vice president, operations and chief experience officer for Walmart/Sam’s Club.

Gruener will be responsible for leading the finance organization for Walgreens in his new role. He most recently worked for Walmart, where he served in a number of roles over his 12 years with the company, including senior vice president of finance and strategy, senior vice president of merchandising operations, vice president of finance for Sam’s Club and vice president of global procurement.

Bed, Bath & Beyond Chief Brand Officer Steps Down


Cindy Davis has stepped down from her role as chief brand officer of Bed, Bath & Beyond after only a little more than a year. Davis was also president of Decorist, the company’s online interior design service.

Rafeh Masood, executive vice president and chief digital officer at Bed, Bath & Beyond will serve as chief digital officer and interim chief brand officer, leading the combined brand, marketing and digital teams. 

"On behalf of the entire company, we want to thank Cindy for her contributions to Bed Bath & Beyond,” Mark Tritton, president and CEO of Bed, Bath & Beyond, said in a statement. “We appreciate her hard work during her tenure of our early transformation, and we wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors.”

Macy’s Names New Apparel Leader


Sam Archibald has been tapped to lead Macy’s apparel business as general manager.

Archibald was part of Macy’s executive development program before spending more than 10 years with Macy’s in a variety of roles. His new role is a return to Macy’s, after he served as president of retail and outlets in North America at Calvin Klein. He will report directly to Chief Merchandising Officer Nata Dvir.

The appointment comes as Macy’s has undertaken its “Polaris” strategy through the COVID-19 pandemic, with the intent to improve the retailer’s digital strategy, including an overhaul of its online presence.