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• Mass merchandiser Kohl's Corp. said yesterday that it has hired Michelle Gass, a 16-year Starbucks executive who, as the Wall Street Journal puts it, "helped orchestrate the brand's turnaround in the U.S. a few years ago and most recently was tasked with doing the same in Europe," to be its chief customer officer, a new position.

In the new job, Gass will be in charge of marketing as well as the company's e-commerce efforts.

It was announced by Starbucks a few weeks ago that Gass would be moving back to the US in a corporate role yet to be determined.

• C-store chain The Pantry announced that it has hired Boris Zelmanovich, most recently vice president of merchandising strategy at Big Lots, to be its new senior vice president and chief merchandising officer.

Retail Week reports that in the UK, Morrisons has hired John Clarke, former chief technology officer and chief architect at Tesco, to be its new interim chief information officer. Clarke succeeds Ben Wishart who is movinbg over to Ahold as its new CIO.
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