Retail Leaders on the Move
Former Walmart executive Eric O’Toole has has joined Edgewell Personal Care Company as president of North America, reporting to Rod Little, Edgewell’s president and CEO. The maker of Schick, Platex, and Hawaiian Tropic brand products said O’Toole’s extensive experience and digital expertise will be instrumental as Edgewell continues to innovate, reshape its portfolio and build a next generation consumer products company. O’Toole previously served as general manager of Walmart's sports and fitness e-commerce division and prior to that was with Jet.com. He also spent 13 years at Groupe Danone and 12 years at Nabisco/Kraft.
Daniel Eckert, former SVP of Walmart services and digital acceleration, has joined financial services provider Green Dot as EVP and chief product, strategy and development officer. Eckert spent 10 years at Walmart and during his tenure worked closely with Green Dot and was involved in the Oct. 2019 renewal of the Walmart MoneyCard agreement with Green Dot that extended the contract to Jan. 31. 2027. Walmart accounted for 34% of Green Dot’s revenue in the company’s most recent fiscal year. The hiring of Eckert follows the March 25 appointment of Dan Henry as Green Dot’s new president and CEO.
Blue Apron COO Alan Blake is leaving the meal kit company after two years to pursue another opportunity on June 1, the company said. Jason Hatcher, vice president of operations, and Greg Wysocki, vice president of procurement and supply chain will assume leadership of Blue Apron’s fulfillment and supply chain operations and will report directly to CEO Linda Findley Kozlowski.
The change comes as Blue Apron said it continues to see heightened demand for its meal kits as a result of changes in consumer habits related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company said it has now scaled operations to meet the increased demand, and has started re-introducing variety in its menu, as well as returning to executing on its product and marketing strategies designed to engage existing customers and support the acquisition of new customers.
Veteran robotics executive Denis Lussault has joined Vecna Robotics, a leading automation provider in the materials handling space, in a newly created role as vice president of autonomy. Vecna Robotics’ said its autonomous mobile robots (AMR) help some of the world’s largest distribution, warehouse, and manufacturing organizations automate their bulk materials handling and logistics operations.
Clear Cannabis Inc., named Tom Brooksher CEO after he held the interim CEO role since February. Prior to joining Clear Cannabis, Brooksher ran the Cannabis Industry Institute.