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Kohl’s names new merchandising chief

Kohl's Corp. tapped a 30-year retail veteran to head up merchandising.

The department store retailer named Doug Howe as chief merchandising officer, responsible for Kohl’s overall merchandising strategy and all merchandising functions. He succeeds CEO-elect Michelle Gass. The much-admired Gass is set to take the reins from the retiring Kevin Mansell later this month at the close of the company’s annual shareholders meeting.

Most recently, Howe was global chief merchandising officer at the Qurate Retail Group, home of QVC and HSN. Prior to that, he led QVC’s merchandising efforts for 10 years and played an instrumental role in the growth of QVC’s fashion business and development of the company’s proprietary businesses.

Prior to QVC, Howe held leadership roles with Gap Inc. in product design and development. He also held various merchandising leadership roles at Walmart, including senior VP of strategy, design and development.

“Doug is a proven merchant and a visionary leader with a strong track record of driving growth through compelling products, brands, and customer experiences,” said Gass. “He brings a unique combination of skills given his extensive background in working across digital retail channels, department stores, and mass retailers.”

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