Dick’s Sporting Goods is changing up its executive ranks and has named Lauren Hobart president.
Hobart has worked with the sporting goods and apparel retailer since 2011, when she came on as a senior vice president and chief marketing officer. In her new role, which is effective immediately, Hobart will head up Dick’s customer, digital and e-commerce efforts.
“Importantly, Lauren’s appointment will further our efforts to drive omnichannel consumer engagement, while creating a more efficient and focused organization,” chief executive officer Edward Slack said.
Dick’s also said André J. Hawaux, executive vice president and chief operating officer, is retiring at the end of the second quarter. Hawaux joined the company in 2013 as chief financial officer.
The retailer did not announce a replacement for Hawaux and it was not immediately clear if Hobart’s position as president is designed to fill the chief operating officer role. A Dick’s representative could not be reached for comment.
During Hawaux’s relatively brief time as chief operating officer, he saw the company through last year’s acquisition of Sports Authority and Golfsmith, which saw a number of those stores closed or converted to Dick’s or Golf Galaxy stores.
Keri Jones is also set to join Dick’s later this month as an executive vice president and chief merchant, where she will oversee the company’s product development, planning and merchandising. Jones previously worked for Target Corp. where she held a number of executive positions, most recently as executive vice president of global supply chain.
The last appointment is Don Germano, who will be rejoining Dick’s after departing in 2013, to act as senior vice president of operations, reporting to Hobart.
Dick’s is set to reveal its first-quarter financial performance next week on the heels of a fourth quarter that saw sales increase, due in large part to the acquisitions, but a decline in profits.
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