Macy’s Inc. has hired former Home Depot Inc. technology executive Naveen Krishna as its chief technology officer.
He’s tasked with overseeing the store, e-commerce and internal-facing technologies for Macy’s. He’ll also manage the teams that build Macy’s e-commerce infrastructure and functional information technology support.
Krishna most recently was vice president of technology for Home Depot where he was in charge of user experience design, marketing technologies and customer care. Haw Lawton, president of Macy’s, No. 6 in the Internet Retailer 2018 Top 1000, also worked for Home Depot as senior vice president, merchandising, from May 2005 to May 2015.
Before working for Home Depot (No. 7), Krishna oversaw Target’s (No. 17) web technology and operations as director of Target.com. He has also held leadership positions at Deloitte Consulting and FedEx Kinko’s.
“We are investing in technology to improve digital and mobile experiences, site stability, store technology and fulfillment and logistics improvements,” said Lawton. “Naveen’s track record in omnichannel retail makes him the perfect fit to lead the Macy’s technology organization at this critical time.”
In other e-commerce personnel news:
- GameStop Corp. (No. 40) hired Dawn Henry as vice president of its ThinkGeek division. She’s tasked with helping to grow the retailer’s collectibles business, ThinkGeek stores and e-commerce. Henry had spent the previous eight years at Walmart Inc., where she held senior buyer roles. “Adding a seasoned toy and licensed retail merchant such as Dawn to our team demonstrates our continued commitment to further accelerate growth of our global Collectibles business,” says Janet Bareis, senior vice president of GameStop. GameStop also recently hired Kris Ventura as vice president of collectibles merchandising for its GameStop video game business. Prior to GameStop, Ventura held several senior-level roles at Michael’s Stores Inc. from August 2006 to January 2018.
- Personalized products retailer Things Remembered Inc. (No. 462) promoted president Nelson Tejada to president and CEO. Tejada last year was promoted to president after rejoining the company in July 2015 as senior vice president and chief merchandising officer. Previously, he held a chief merchandising officer role at Schurman Retail Group and a role as vice president of merchandising at American Greetings retail division, overseeing 407 stores across North America. His previous role with Things Remembered was from 2000 to 2005, as vice president, general merchandise manager.
- Red Points, a Barcelona-based startup that offers fraud solutions to brands, earlier this year raised $12 million in Series B funding. The new funding will be used to expand its technology team. Red Point’s customer numbers have passed 400, up from 200, compared with last year, while its revenue growth rate for 2017 was 350%, the company says.