HSN Swipes Nordstrom Executive As Chief Merchandising Officer

HSN has appointed Nordstrom Inc. veteran Anne Martin-Vachon its chief merchandising officer, effective May 14, the company said Thursday.

Martin-Vachon will oversee HSN’s merchandising and planning teams and report directly to HSN CEO Mindy Grossman.

Martin-Vachon joins HSN from Nordstrom, where she served as the chief marketing officer responsible for all marketing, visual merchandising and marketing operations for Nordstrom, Nordstrom.com and Nordstrom Rack. In this role, she is credited with growing Nordstrom’s new customer file.

Prior to joining Nordstrom, Martin-Vachon was president and CEO of the international beauty and skincare company Lise Watier Cosmetiques Inc., where she oversaw all aspects of the company including product development and operations.

Before Lise Watier, she was the chief marketing officer at Bath & Body Works. Martin-Vachon started her career at Procter & Gamble where she spent over 20 years and held a variety of positions in beauty, global cosmetic innovation and branding for numerous household and personal care brands in the P&G portfolio.

In her role as HSN’s chief merchandising officer, Martin-Vachon will oversee the product development, assortment, pricing, category expansion and merchandising of HSN brands across all product categories.

In addition, she will be responsible for the overall merchandising strategy, development of new product offerings and brand partners as well as work closely with HSN’s executive team to determine investment opportunities to expand and complement HSN’s diverse merchandise assortment.

She will also work on developing packaging and pricing designed to deliver significant growth and profitability to the company and fresh experiences to customers.

“With robust television and digital video platforms, HSN is uniquely positioned to launch new brands, expand established brands into new categories and bring first-of-their-kind products to market,” said Mindy Grossman, Chief Executive Officer for HSN, Inc. “The addition of Anne’s proven merchandising and product development expertise across mass market, specialty and luxury brands will be essential in our ongoing effort to expand our portfolio of differentiated brands and assortment of innovative product to continually engage our customers.”

She earned an MBA in Marketing and International Business from McGill University and a bachelor degree from the University of Quebec.

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