In the opening keynote address kicking off the virtual Chapter 1 of the National Retail Federation Big Show, Mike George, president and CEO of Qurate Retail Group and NRF chairman, spotlighted how the retail sector reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic and social turbulence over the past year, emphasizing how the industry worked to improve conditions in communities around the United States.
Qurate Retail said that president and CEO Mike George has extended his employment agreement through the end of 2021 and will be retiring from the company at that time. The early announcement allows time for transition planning and an executive search process.
Qurate Retail Group recently appointed Ryan McKelvey as president, Cornerstone Brands. Cornerstone Brands is comprised of four home and lifestyle brands, including Ballard Designs, Frontgate, Garnet Hill, and Grandin Road.
Qurate Retail Group and celebrity chef Curtis Stone are bringing viewers a new original series, debuting exclusively on the QVC/HSN streaming service. “Travel, Cook, Repeat with Curtis Stone”— launching on October 13— will follow Stone as he visits regions around the globe seeking new flavors and then returns home to teach viewers how to make recipes based on his discoveries in their own home kitchens.
Qurate Retail has named Ian Bailey svp/communications and community, and he will address a wide range of organization functions.
With QVC since 2005, Mark Callahan has gained a retail industry reputation for being on top of the trends and his zeal has not tapered off during his tenure. This, noted housewares vendors, is what makes Callahan deserving of the title of 2019 HomeWorld Business Impact Merchant.
As it continues to adjust its business model after the QVC and HSN merger, Qurate Retail struggled in a challenging first quarter.
Qurate Retail Group is rolling out several programs that company officials said build on its history in video, digital and social e-commerce.
Qurate Retail Group has announced a series of initiatives designed to position its HSN and QVC U.S. businesses for long-term growth, increase synergies and accelerate the company’s digital transformation. The moves include the elimination of the QVC U.S. president position, with the exit of Steve Hofmann, who currently holds that position, and the combination of buying staffs.