HSN Appoints Chief Financial Officer

HSN Inc. has hired an Elizabeth Arden Inc. and Procter & Gamble veteran, Rod Little, as its chief financial officer.

He will join the company Jan. 3, reporting to CEO Mindy Grossman. Little succeeds Judy Schmeling, who was named president of HSNi operating division Cornerstone Brands in August, in addition to her continuing role as COO of HSN Inc.

Schmeling will work closely with Little “to ensure a seamless transition,” according to the press release Monday.

Little’a resume includes stints as CFO for Elizabeth Arden as well as a variety of leadership positions with Procter & Gamble.

“Rod is an accomplished finance executive with significant public company and operational expertise in the consumer products industry,” Grossman said in a canned statement.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have someone with his background and proven experience join the HSNi leadership team. Rod is a focused, strategic and creative thinker — known as a motivator and collaborator. He has the unique combination of being both bold and thoughtful in thinking and action, and I look forward to working with him as we deliver long-term growth for the company.”

Little will oversee all financial management, including accounting, financial planning and analysis, internal audit, treasury, tax, investor relations and media affiliate relations.

“HSNi is a leader in direct to consumer retail, and I look forward to joining the talented executive team across its HSN and Cornerstone operating segments,” Little said in his canned statement, kissing up to his new employer.

“These are both exciting and challenging times in the retail industry, which present real opportunities for a company like HSNi, with strength in digital and e-commerce and its focus on delivering innovative, differentiated retail experiences. It’s clear to me that HSNi is committed to harnessing the power of its unique platform to maximize performance and profitability.”

Most recently, Little served as executive vice president and CFO of Elizabeth Arden, Inc., “where he was instrumental in a turnaround that restored revenue growth and profitability, ultimately resulting in that public company’s sale to Revlon Inc.,” according to the press release.

Prior to that, Little served as CFO for Procter & Gamble’s multi-billion dollar global salon professional division.

“While at P&G, he was hand-picked by the CFO and President to oversee the turnaround of the multi-billion dollar global salon business,” the press release said.

“He played a broad role, leading a finance team of professionals in more than 20 countries where he had end-to-end responsibility for strategy development, business planning, financial reporting, and product development through to sales and cash collection.”

Little holds a B.S. in Management from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

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