Two Retailers bring on Chief Digital Officers

Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 9.10.42 AMSteve’s breakdown: Tilly’s & Follett Higher Education both brought on CDOs last week. They compete with Pacific Sunwear of California and Barnes & Noble Education respectively. 

IRVINE, CA: & WESTCHESTER, IL: Tilly’s, No. 368 in the Internet Retailer 2016 Top 500 Guide, hired Jon Kubo from western-wear retail chain Boot Barn Inc., No. 565 in the 2016 Second 500, to fill the position. This will be Kubo’s third chief digital officer title within a two-year period. Kubo became chief digital officer at Boot Barn in May 2015. Prior to that, he held the same title at apparel retailer The Wet Seal LLC (No. 510), starting in October 2014. Given the relatively new nature of the chief digital officer title, he’s one of the few, if not the only, executive to hold that position with multiple retailers.

“I am excited to have Jon working with our team to lead our critically important e-commerce business, along with digital marketing,” Tilly’s CEO Ed Thomas says. “Jon’s tremendous vision and innovative leadership will bring great value to Tilly’s as we make progress toward delivering on our long-range plans.”

Tilly’s is the second retailer to announce the creation of a chief digital officer position this month. Last week, educational materials retailer Follett Higher Education (No. 70) promoted company veteran Roe McFarlane to the position.

Top500Guide.com data shows Tilly’s 2015 online sales totaled an Internet Retailer-estimated $55.1 million, up 1.1% from $54.5 million in 2014.

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