Kohl’s on the hunt for fresh thinking as it seeks new chief merchant

Menomonee Falls, Wis. – Search firms are helping Kohl’s as it looks to fill the newly vacated chief merchandising officer position.

Doug Howe, who held the role since 2018, has left the company to pursue other opportunities, Kohl’s noted in a filing yesterday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

“We are going to use this as an opportunity to identify new talent, to enhance our capabilities and really help us drive the next phase of our growth with some fresh thinking,” CEO Michelle Gass said during the retailer’s quarterly review call this morning.

Ron Murray, Kohl’s EVP/GMM for digital merchandising, is stepping into the breach as interim chief merchandising office. He joined Kohl’s in 2012 after holding senior positions at Fossil Watch, May Company and Filene’s Department Stores.

“He’s been instrumental over the last seven, eight years in driving some of our big successful initiatives,” said Gass.

Former Burlington Stores CEO Tom Kingsbury, who joined Kohl’s board of directors in April 2021, will work with Murray as an advisor and mentor, she added.

The company also announced that Greg Revelle, Kohl’s chief marketing officer, will be departing, effective June 1.

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