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News and announcements from the Retail Management Institute.
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Friday, Aug. 3, 2012
The Retail Management Institute welcomes Kent Anderson as the newest Advisory Board member.
On May 18, 1998, Kent Anderson was appointed President of macys.com, a division of Macy's, Inc. Anderson, who had been the first employee of macys.com, has since built a substantial team. From its inception in 1998, the web-based business has grown to over 1000 employees who are based at the organization's San Francisco and New York headquarters.
In addition to developing and implementing the e-commerce strategy for macys.com, Anderson has been responsible for creating and integrating the on-line bridal registry program for Macy's, Inc. in partnership with the WeddingChannel.com team.
Anderson's association with the Macy's organization dates back to 1983. His roles have included management positions in Operations, Finance, Marketing and Merchandising. Most recently he was Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of Macy's West.
Kent is a member of the Global Leadership Council at Colorado State University. He is also on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco YMCA.
He earned his degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University. He and his wife Patti have three grown children and reside in Mill Valley, California. Kent is an avid tennis player, skier and cyclist.
Friday, Jun. 29, 2012
Gisel Ruiz is executive vice president and chief operating officer for Walmart U.S. She is responsible for the company’s U.S. operations, which include more than 3,800 discount stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and Walmart Express formats. She was promoted to the role in February 2012.
Previously, Gisel was executive vice president of People for Walmart U.S., with responsibility for human resources and store innovations, supporting more than 1.2 million associates. She helped transform the company's approach to talent management and leveraged technology to drive changes that increased efficiencies and improved the customer and associate experience.
Gisel began her career at Walmart as a store management trainee in 1992. She has held a variety of leadership positions in store operations, labor relations and human resources. In 2006, she became vice president, regional general manager in the Field Operations Division, and was responsible for 150 Walmart stores in western Texas and New Mexico. From 2008 until 2010, Gisel served as senior vice president of Walmart People, leading the human resources organization for more than 3,700 stores across the United States.
Because of her passion for mentoring, Gisel has been recognized for her ability to lead and teach. In 2008, she was recognized as one of the Top 25 Powerful Minority Women in Business by the Minority Enterprise Executive Council. Gisel received the 2008 Walmart Leadership Award and was chosen by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the Top 25 Business Women of 2009. In February 2011, Latina Style honored her as 2010 Latina Executive of the Year.
Gisel has a bachelor’s of science in marketing from Santa Clara University, where she also completed the Retail Management Institute program.
Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011
VICKI D. McWILLIAMS
Executive Vice President, Retail and Business Sales
Vicki McWilliams is Executive Vice President of Retail and Business Sales. She is responsible for the leadership of the Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, PBteen, West Elm, and Williams-Sonoma stores, and the Business Sales team.
Ms. McWilliams joined Williams-Sonoma, Inc. in July 2007 as Senior Vice President of Pottery Barn brand stores. She was promoted to the position of Executive Vice President in 2010.
Throughout her career at Williams-Sonoma, Inc., Ms. McWilliams’ transformational leadership of the stores and empowering the store leaders has elevated their performance to best-in-class. In all four brands, her influence can be seen in significantly improved results, customer service and associate morale.
Prior to joining the company, Ms. McWilliams most recently served as the Executive Vice President and Regional Manager of Nordstrom. She spent nearly three decades working at Nordstrom’s and was awarded the John. W. Nordstrom Award, Nordstrom’s highest honor for outstanding achievement.
Ms. McWilliams holds a B.A. in Clothing & Textiles and a Minor in Finance from Washington State University.
Monday, Jun. 6, 2011
The Retail Management Institute announces the addition of Michelle DeMartini Wlazlo (Senior Vice President Merchandising at Old Navy) to its advisory board.