Dollar General Corporation, an American chain of variety stores headquartered in Tennessee, has announced retirement of James W. Thorpe, Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer (CMO), effective April 15, 2017. A search is underway to look for his successor and the company will consider both internal and external candidates for the job.
“Jim’s strong understanding of our core customer and passion for our business have been instrumental in driving innovation in our merchandising initiatives,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s Chief Executive Officer, adding, “When Jim re-joined the company in 2015, we agreed upon a clear set of objectives for his tenure as CMO. As I knew he would, Jim has delivered on the merchandising strategies we identified as our highest priorities. I’m grateful for his contributions and wish Jim and his family the best in the future.”
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Thorpe joined Dollar General in 2006 and served as its Senior Vice President and General Merchandise Manager until July 2012. He returned to Dollar General as Executive Vice President and CMO in August 2015. Prior to Dollar General, Thorpe served in merchandising leadership positions with Sears Holdings Corporation and in marketing roles with Zenith Data Systems and MAXIMA Corporation.