Retail appointments

Marley Spoon Australia’s co-founder and managing director of marketing, Dave Malcolm, will leave the meal delivery business to join the Real Pet Food Company.

The petfood business owns the brands Billy+Margot, Ivory Coat, Doctor B’s BARF, Tucker Time, Farmers Market, Natures Goodness, Nature’s Gift, Fussy Cat, and VIP Petfoods.

Starting in October, Malcolm will lead the company’s global e-commerce strategy.

“I am very excited to join this innovative, high-growth organisation, a leader in the petfood category worldwide,” Malcolm said in an announcement via Linkedin. 

“I look forward to building new digital solutions to help them continue to provide the highest quality products to pets and their owners around the world.”

Walmart appoints data privacy chief

Walmart has appointed Nuala O’Connor to the newly created position of senior vice-president and chief counsel of digital citizenship. The new function will focus on how Walmart uses data and technology. 

O’Connor brings more than 20 years of technology policy and legal leadership experience, coming from the Centre for Democracy and Technology, Amazon, General Electric and the US Department of Homeland Security.

In the new role, she will report directly to Rachel Brand, the executive vice-president of global governance, chief legal officer and corporate secretary. 

“This digital citizenship function will counsel the company on issues related to privacy, use of data and data governance, emerging technologies, cybersecurity, and records management,” Brand told BusinessWire.

“They will advise not only on whether we may legally use data or technology in a particular way, but also on what effect that use would have on our relationship of trust with our customers and stakeholders.”

O’Connor holds a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University, a Master of Education from Harvard University, and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Centre.

Myer welcomes new media chief

Department store Myer has appointed Gemma Hunter to be the new head of media and general manager of marketing. Hunter will take up the role of leading Myer’s marketing team, bringing more than 20 years of experience to the role. 

Hunter comes from almost 10 years as executive creative director at advertising firm MediaCom, where she led content strategy, creative, production, SEO, social and data analytics teams. 

Last year, the struggling department store group initiated a round of management redundancies. Among the casualties was the former marketing and customer executive general manager, Louise Pearson.

eBay CMO moves to hotel group

Julie Nestor, eBay’s marketing leader, is leaving the online marketplace for a role at Hilton Hotels as VP of marketing and e-commerce for the Asia-Pacific region. She will be relocating to Singapore, CMO magazine reports.

Nestor has spent the last 18 months as chief marketing officer at eBay. Prior to this, she was VP of consumer marketing at American Express, holding a number of roles during her 13-year tenure with the financial services group. She also built her marketing, digital and brand credentials through roles with Optus. 

Nestor was offered the role at the same time as her husband was offered a Singapore-based position, making it a great time for the family to relocate, she said.

A spokesperson for eBay confirmed to the magazine that eBay Australia’s chief operations officer, Amrita Blickstead, will now lead the marketing function.

Starbucks boosts board

Starbucks has announced the appointment of three new members to its board of directors. Richard E Allison, Jr, chief executive officer of Domino’s; Andrew Campion, executive vice-president and chief financial officer of Nike; and Isabel Ge Mahe, Apple’s vice-president and managing director of Greater China, will join the board effective immediately. 
The appointments, first reported in BusinessWire, increase Starbucks board numbers to 13 members.

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