Monday, January 12, 2009

Borders brings in former Nash Finch CEO

Borders has hired Ron Marshall, a former CEO from Pathmark stores and food distributor Nash Finch, to be its new boss, hoping to stop continuing losses.
Borders Group announced Monday that it has shaken up its top management, as well as a double-digit drop in holiday sales from a year ago and a potential delisting from the New York Stock Exchange.

Ron Marshall, who is a founder and principal of Wildridge Capital Management and a longtime retail executive, will replace George Jones as Borders’s chief executive. Mr. Marshall, 54, will also serve as a director. Borders also named a new chief financial officer, chief administrative officer and a new top executive for merchandising and marketing.
Some are pointing to Marshall's experience as a turnaround specialist in his previous roles. No doubt that's the big reason for his appointment, but I can't help noting that he will probably bring a CPG/food mindset to the book biz, helping to further the convergence of retail practices.

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