Kohl’s has appointed Doug Howe as the company’s chief merchandising officer.
In this role, Howe will be responsible for Kohl’s overall merchandise strategy and all merchandising functions, including buying, planning, product design and development, sourcing, and merchandising transformation efforts. He will continue to drive the company’s key strategies of cultivating a strong portfolio of national and proprietary brands, accelerating speed to market, and delivering strong inventory management. Howe will report directly to CEO-elect Michelle Gass.
Prior to joining Kohl’s, Howe was global chief merchandising officer at the Qurate Retail Group. Previously, he led QVC’s merchandising efforts for ten years and played a role in the growth of QVC’s fashion business and development of the company’s proprietary businesses. In addition to roles at Gap in product design and development, he has also held various merchandising leadership roles at Walmart, including svp/strategy, design and development.
“Doug is a proven merchant and a visionary leader with a strong track record of driving growth through compelling products, brands, and customer experiences,” said Gass. “He brings a unique combination of skills given his extensive background in working across digital retail channels, department stores, and mass retailers.”