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Former Target, H-E-B exec joins BJ's

BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings Inc. announced that Rachael Vegas joined the company as executive vice president, chief merchandising officer. Vegas will be responsible for the strategic leadership of the company’s merchandising and assortment planning and allocation functions, and will report to Paul Cichocki, executive vice president, chief commercial officer.

Rachael Vegas
Rachael Vegas

“We remain committed to delivering unbeatable value with a best-in-class merchandising assortment that will exceed our members’ expectations," said Cichocki. “We’re thrilled to have Rachael join our team. Her diverse background and deep experience in retail and grocery will be influential as we continue to build on our momentum and advance our strategic priorities.”

BJ’s recent initiatives have included driving own brands penetration and simplifying to expand into high-demand categories, including better-for-you snacks, fitness, recreation and seasonal products. Vegas will continue to build on this success to drive future growth.

“I am thrilled to join the team at BJ’s and look forward to working alongside this talented group of people to deliver outstanding products and services to members,” Vegas said. “BJ’s has made significant investments to grow its business and I look forward to partnering with the team to become the one-stop shop of choice for even more members.”

Most recently, Vegas was senior vice president, eCommerce merchandising at H-E-B, where she was responsible for its eCommerce business as well as its in-store financial services and payments division and its retail media initiative. Prior to H-E-B, Vegas held various leadership positions at Brandless, Target and Delhaize Group.

The company also announced additional executive appointments to further strengthen its leadership team and accelerate its transformation.

Tim Morningstar will assume the role of executive vice president, chief membership officer, and Monica Schwartz will assume the role of executive vice president, chief digital officer.

“With the appointments of Rachael, Tim and Monica, we continue to strengthen our talented and experienced leadership team to drive the next phase of our transformation,” said BJ’s President and CEO Bob Eddy. “This world-class team will play an integral role capitalizing on the opportunities ahead of us and driving long-term growth.”

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