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ShopNBC Hires QVC Alum Bill McGrath As Vice President Of Quality Assurance

January 12, 2010

Bill McGrath

ShopNBC Tuesday named Bill McGrath, a 19-year home shopping veteran, vice president of quality assurance.

With nearly two decades of experience in the multi-channel retailing industry, McGrath is an operations and financial executive with global leadership experience, product quality assurance, and global sourcing, ShopNBC said in a press release.

“I am excited to be part of such a dynamic company,” McGrath said in a prepared statement. “ShopNBC represents the future of our industry, and I am looking forward to leveraging my expertise to further enhance its high-quality commitment to the customer.”

Most recently, McGrath served as vice president of global sourcing operations and finance at QVC. During his tenure at QVC, he also served as vice president of corporate quality assurance and quality control; vice president merchandise operations and inventory control; vice president of market research and sales analysis; and director of financial planning and analysis.

Prior to QVC, McGrath held a variety of leadership positions at Subaru of America and Arthur Andersen. He holds an MBA from Drexel University.

“We are thrilled about Bill joining ShopNBC and becoming an important contributor to our organization as we strive to be world class in quality,” Mike Murray, ShopNBC senior vice president of operations, said in a prepared statement.

“Bill brings a wealth of product quality experience and supply chain expertise — from vendor manufacturing through custom
consumer packaging — that spans all our product categories and beyond,” Murray said. “His commitment to excellence and building strong partnerships will benefit our vendors, product offerings, and customers. We look forward to his impact on our efforts to continue lowering transactional costs while improving the customer experience.”

Jewelry Lovers Beware: Put Up With The Traffic And Hit The Malls, Not QVC, On Black Friday

November 27, 2009

Dave James

We’re not feeling QVC’s much-hyped 28-hour “New” Black Friday event. If you’re a jewelry junkie like us, it’s not your day to tune in.

First of all, as QVC CEO Mike George has said, the network has shifted its product mix to more consumer electronics goods. And that’s reflected in the three — count ’em — three Today’s Special Values that QVC has Black Friday.

They are a Sharper Image projector, a kids Playhut Travel Lounger and the lowest-priced camcorder QVC has ever offered, a Sylvania pocket camcorder at $29.

We have to admit, the inexpensive camcorder is pretty neat. And it hands-down beats HSN’s Today’s Special, a Vado HD pocket camcorder at $129.

QVC host Dave James is staying on the air for the full 28 hours of the network’s event, and at about 8 a.m. he was looking a little tired. His kids did a paper-link chain for him with 28 links, one for each hour, and he’s pulling one off as he finishes another hour.

We’re amazed at the press attention QVC’s Black Friday event has garnered. On Friday the New York Daily News did a story on QVC, HSN and ShopNBC’s and their Black Friday strategies.

QVC host Lisa Robertson, QVC vice president of marketing and programming Doug Rose and HSN executive vice president of programming Bill Brand were all quoted.