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Retail leaders making moves

By Mike Troy - 03/26/2020
Jack Clare, newly appointed CIO at United Natural Foods.

Jack Clare was named CIO at United Natural Foods, reporting to UNFI COO Eric Dorne, effective March 30. Clare joins the food wholesaler from Dunkin’ Brands where he served as chief information and strategy officer. Prior to Dunkin’, Clare was CIO for Yum! Restaurants International.

"(Clare) will play a fundamental role in driving our ‘Build Out the Store’ growth strategy, help us further accelerate our network integration efforts, and lead planning efforts on how to best leverage data and digital solutions to help support our customers in a continually competitive retail environment,” said Dorne.

Former Whole Foods Market executive Errol Schweizer has joined the board of MedMen Enterprises, a cannabis retailer. Schweizer spent 15 years at Whole Foods, at one point serving as vice president of grocery, before departing the company in 2016.

Sharon Hart was named CIO at Acosta after holding a similar roles at Stein Mart, an off price department store chain with 283 stores. Prior to Stein Mart, she spent 15 years with PetSmart.

“One of Sharon’s first orders of business will be focusing on our technology roadmap to drive future innovations and further develop our digital and analytic proprietary solutions,” said Acosta CEO Darian Pickett.

Quotient Technology said chief media officer Jason Young will be leaving the digital promotions, media and analytics company. “With the integration of the company’s media business nearly complete, Mr. Young’s last day will be April 1, 2020,” Quotient said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Groupon’s North American president Aaron Cooper was named interim CEO after the board announced that Rich Williams was no longer serving in that capacity. The company also said that COO Steve Krenzer was no longer in his role. Groupon said Williams and Krenzer remain employees of the company but did not elaborate on their areas of responsibility.

Former Kraft Foods president and CEO Robert Eckert has joined the board of Uber Technologies. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said, “Bob brings powerful perspective and understand the tremendous value that can be unlocked by fostering a world-class consumer brand.” Eckert spent 23 years with Kraft, serving as president and CEO from 1997 to 2000. He went on to serve as chariman and CEO of Mattel and more recently held the role of operating partner at the private equity firm FFL Partners.

Longtime Kantar executive Bryan Gildenberg was named SVP of commerce at Omnicom Retail Group (ORG), reporting to CEO Sophie Daranyi. Gildenberg previously served as Kantar’s chief knowledge officer as is widely regarded as a thought leader in the retail and consumer goods world.

"Bryan has unparalleled retailer knowledge and insight and will play a pivotal role as we continue to further build out our commerce consultancy and capabilities,” Daranyi said. "Working with our teams, Bryan will advise clients on retailer agendas, key trends and optimizing investments across consumer, customer marketing and trade budgets in the changing retail landscape."