– WATTS TO QVC: Claire Watts, former vice president of merchandising at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., will join QVC Inc. on Jan. 7 and become president of U.S. commerce in May. Watts will oversee planning, programming, merchandising, broadcasting, TV sales and QVC.com for the U.S. operation. She will report to Mike George, president and chief executive officer of QVC. While Watts is credited with weeding out dated brands, building up Wal-Mart’s product development division and opening a Manhattan trend office, she was also the architect of an unsuccessful plan to bring trendier and pricier fashions and home decor to Wal-Mart. She resigned in July after a decade at the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer. She began her career in the May Co.’s executive training program. Watts subsequently held senior merchandising and product positions at Paul Harris, the Limited and Lands’ End.

This story first appeared in the December 7, 2007 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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