Multichannel kitchen supply retailer Sur La Table Inc. has brought in an apparel industry veteran as its new CEO.
Sur La Table, No. 245 in the Internet Retailer 2017 Top 500, last week announced that Billy May has replaced Diane Neal, who has retired. May was most recently senior vice president of marketing, direct-to-consumer, omnichannel and corporate development at apparel brand Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (No. 61), according to his LinkedIn profile. He also has held executive e-commerce positions with adidas AG (No. 52), Sears Holdings Corp. (No. 19) and Lowe’s Cos. Inc. (No. 25).
“We are excited to work with Billy going forward and believe his extensive experience across the digital landscape—marketing, e-commerce, and omnichannel—aligns well with Sur La Table’s strategic priorities,” Sur La Table board member Kevin Nickelberry said.
Sur La Table generated an Internet Retailer-estimated $118.2 million in online sales last year, up 25% from $94.6 million in 2015.
May isn’t the only retail executive on the move lately. Other recent personnel moves throughout the industry include:
- Omnichannel music retailer Guitar Center this week announced it has hired Jeannine D’Addario as chief customer officer. D’Addario was most recently the interim chief marketing officer at restaurant chain Applebee’s. Prior to joining Applebee’s, she was the chief marketing officer at grocery chain Whole Foods. At Guitar Center, she will be responsible for overseeing the retailer’s customer brand experience and strategic marketing initiatives. Guitar Center’s parent company, Musician’s Friend Inc., is No. 58 in the Top 500.
- Pier 1 Imports Inc. (No. 120) has hired Bhargav Shah as its chief information officer. Earlier in his career, Shah was chief information officer and chief technology officer at Overstock.com Inc. (No. 30). Most recently, he was chief information officer and head of e-commerce at third-party logistics and supply chain management services provider IntegraCore.
- Handcrafted goods marketplace Etsy Inc. (No. 22) hired PayPal veteran Mike Fisher to be its new chief technology officer. Fisher most recently was the co-founder and managing partner at consulting firm AKF Partners. According to his LinkedIn profile, he also served as the vice president of engineering and architecture at PayPal from 2003-2005.
- Multichannel beauty supplies retailer Sally Beauty Supply LLC (No. 529 in the Internet Retailer 2017 Top 1000) has hired DSW Inc. (No. 146) veteran Carrie McDermott as president of operations for the U.S. and Canada. McDermott spent more than nine years at DSW, where she became the retail chain’s chief operating officer and was responsible in part for overseeing marketing and operational strategies for the company’s e-commerce business. McDermott was also responsible for launching DSW’s ship-from-store program, according to Sally Beauty’s announcement of her hiring.