Calvin McDonald, president and chief executive officer of Sephora Americas, reorganized Sephora’s management structure Tuesday following the decision of Margarita Arriagada, chief merchant of Sephora, to retire.
Her decision to step down was part of a series of changes, involving three top positions. Another senior executive is leaving the retailer and a third is being promoted to a high-profile position within the organization.
In a memo to brand partners, McDonald noted that Arriagada and Maureen Watson, senior vice president of merchandising, are leaving the company, and Artemis Patrick, senior vice president and general manager of Sephora inside J.C. Penney Co. Inc., will assume Watson’s role.
Arriagada joined Sephora in March 2004 as the vice president and divisional merchandise manager of color cosmetics. After nearly a year in that job, she became senior vice president of merchandising, a role she held for eight years. She was named to her present position as chief merchant of Sephora in March 2013. Arriagada also held senior roles at Lladró and Macy’s Inc. before joining Sephora.
“Since joining Sephora, Margarita has built a highly talented merchandising team that has a unique sense of what will resonate with our clients and how to work with you, our brand partners, to deliver meaningful differentiation,” McDonald said. “She has made enormous contributions to Sephora.” Arriagada will retire at the end of January, at which point the chief merchant title apparently will be eliminated.
Watson had been in her role since March 2013, and prior to joining Sephora had been senior vice president of global sales and merchandising for Lucky Brand Jeans and chief merchandising officer for Babies ‘R’ Us. Watson will remain with Sephora through the end of the first quarter, McDonald said.
Patrick will assume her new role on Feb. 2 and will report to McDonald.
“Artemis is a proven leader with a unique ability to motivate her teams, drive growth and deliver strong results while forming outstanding cross-functional partnerships,” McDonald said. “After a decade in merchandising roles at multiple retailers, Artemis joined Sephora in 2006 as the vice president of merchandising for sephora.com, helping to drive tremendous growth and leadership for Sephora in e-commerce. Three years ago, Artemis was promoted to general manager of our Sephora inside J.C. Penney business, then two years ago to senior vice president, driving impressive comp growth in a challenging environment and building a strong team.”
Until Patrick’s successor is named, the Sephora inside J.C. Penney team will report directly to Satish Malhotra, executive vice president of Latin America, Sephora Canada and Sephora inside J.C. Penney, McDonald said.