Memphis, TN — Fred’s Inc. has promoted Kimberley Felice-Dooley to senior vice-president, merchandising — consumables, the retailer reports.
In addition, the company has appointed Gregory Froton to senior vice-president, merchandising — general merchandise, and has named Steve Wuebker senior vice-president, supply chain.
Felice-Dooley, who received a Confectionery Leadership Award in 2013, held various leadership positions with CVS Pharmacy, Inc. from 2006 to 2016, including director of category management — skincare and fragrances, and was the candy category manager.
Froton brings more than 30 years of retail experience from multiple channels to his new position, Fred’s reports. That experience includes 17 years at CVS, where he held positions such as category manager, divisional merchandising manager and most recently vice-president of general merchandise and international sourcing.
Wuebker previously served as president and CEO of Prospect Brands, and has held executive roles with Gap, Inc., Ralph Lauren Corp. and PepsiCo.
“Gregory brings to the company an impressive track record of producing innovative merchandise and customer-focused solutions to drive sales and margin,” says Michael K. Bloom, Fred’s CEO. “Steve is a leading global operations executive with expertise in all aspects of operations management, including strategy, FP&A, and large-scale business transformation project management, and he has already proven an effective and valuable member of the Fred’s Pharmacy team since his appointment a few months ago.”
He adds that since joining Fred’s in July 2016, Felice-Dooley has contributed her extensive retail experience and “will continue to be a vital component to our consumables growth going forward.”
“I look forward to continuing to work closely with these highly qualified individuals as we implement upgrades to our infrastructure and continue the optimization of our business,” Bloom says.