"Our new group will bring together QVC, HSN, zulily and the Cornerstone brands to create a premier global retailer with extraordinary reach and unlimited potential," George said. "Together, we will define a new generation of shopping that combines commerce, content, and multi-platform engagement to change the way She shops - all the while retaining the uniqueness of our well-known brands and continuing to build on our distinctive legacies."
The combined group will broadcast 17 networks into more than 360 million homes in nine countries, attract 2 billion annual visits to our global websites, handle over 180 million customer contacts annually, and ship over 320 million packages annually.
To deliver value to its team members, customers, communities, vendor partners and shareholders, the new structure and leadership team will enable the
The combined group will consist of five business units and eight global functions:
- QVC US --
Steve Hofmannwill be President, QVC US. Hofmann is currently President, QVC International. QVC US brings the QVC shopping experience—combining the best of retail, media and social—to customers in the US. It is our largest business unit with over $6Bin revenue in 2016. QVC International-- We will announce a new leader for QVC Internationalin the coming months. QVC Internationalbrings the QVC shopping experience to customers in Japan, UK& Ireland, Germany& Austria, Italy, France, and our joint venture in China(3). In 2016, the unit had $2.6Bin revenue.
- HSN --
Mike Fitzharriswill be President, HSN. Fitzharris is currently CEO, Representative Director and Chairman, QVC Japan. HSN, the founder of the TV shopping industry, achieved $2.5Bin net sales in 2016. Gregg Bertoni, currently Senior Vice President, CNR Mall, will replace Mike as CEO of QVC Japan.
- zulily --
Lori Twomeywill be interim President, zulily, until a permanent leader is identified in the coming months. Twomey is Chief Merchant, zulily. zulily is our online retailer obsessed with bringing special finds every day to its customers. In 2016, the team delivered $1.5Bin revenue.
- Cornerstone --
Claire Spoffordwill be President, Cornerstone. Spofford is currently President, Garnet Hilland will continue to lead that business while taking on this new leadership role. Cornerstone is an interactive and catalog business of leading aspirational lifestyle brands: Ballard Designs, Frontgate, Garnet Hill, Grandin Road, and Improvements. In 2016, Cornerstone delivered $1.1Bin net sales, with 71% digital sales penetration.
- Global Merchandising --
Doug Howewill be Chief Merchandising Officer. Howe is currently Executive Vice President of Merchandising, QVC. This team will accelerate our product leadership agenda by identifying emerging trends and white spaces for growth, developing compelling category strategies, attracting the best vendors to our worldwide platforms, and providing product services to the businesses, all to further the company's goal of creating highly curated and exclusive assortments that bring our customers the joy of discovering the new and unexpected.
- Interactive Commerce Experiences --
Mary Campbellwill be Chief Interactive Experience Officer. Campbell is currently Executive Vice President of Commerce Platforms, QVC. This team will drive QVC Group'songoing transformation as one of the world's largest multiplatform retailers -- expanding marketing programs to reach new segments of consumers, creating new forms of 'live' and dynamic content, and developing next generation digital and interactive platforms. Todd Sprinklewill be Chief Digital Officer, reporting to Campbell and driving platform innovation as the company extends its global leadership in live and interactive shoppable content. Sprinkle is currently Chief Information Officer, QVC. New Ventures-- Darrell Cavenswill be President, New Ventures. Cavens is currently President and CEO, zulily. New Ventureswill be responsible for driving innovative retail concepts and looking beyond our current business for additional growth opportunities, through internal innovation, strategic partnerships, joint ventures and acquisitions.
- Operations --
Bob Spiethwill be Chief Operations Officer. Speith is currently Executive Vice President of Customer & Business Services, QVC and zulily. Speith will manage global Customer Service, Quality, Supply Chain, and Workplace Services across all business units, leading one of the world's largest direct-to-consumer networks to the high levels of service and product quality that differentiate our brands in the marketplace and earn strong customer loyalty.
- People, Communications & Community --
Beth Rubinowill be Chief People Officer. Rubino is currently Executive Vice President of Human Resources, QVC. This team will fuel business growth, further enhance our corporate reputation, and inspire operational excellence by ensuring we attract, develop, and retain the best and most diverse talent in the industry, communicate with integrity to all stakeholders, and give back to our communities around the world.
- Technology --
Karen Etzkornwill be Chief Information Officer. Etzkorn is currently Chief Information Officer, HSNi. This team will play a pivotal role in driving long term growth, innovation, and productivity by bringing best-in-class technology solutions that leverage the combined resources and talents of our worldwide technology teams.
- Finance --
Ted Jastrzebskiwill be Chief Financial Officer. Jastrzebski is currently Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, QVC. This team will provide strategic, analytic, and finance support to the businesses, ensuring we sustain our track record of delivering strong results.
- Legal & Compliance --
Larry Hayeswill be General Counsel. Hayes is currently Senior Vice President and General Counsel, QVC. This team will provide leadership as the combined group continues its efforts to meet the highest ethical and legal standards across all businesses and geographies.
"These are strong, seasoned executives, drawn from across our businesses, with deep expertise in their respective disciplines and in retail," George said.
"I'd like to acknowledge and thank
Until the transaction closes, all leaders at HSNi, QVC, and zulily will continue in their current roles, and QVC and HSNi will continue to operate as separate companies.
LTM as of Q1-17
Represents total customers across consolidated QVC, zulily, HSNi. Includes some amount of QVC US and HSN customer overlap
QVC's joint venture in
QVC combines the best of retail, media and social to create the most engaging shopping experience, one that exceeds the expectations of everyone we touch by delivering the joy of discovery through the power of relationships. Every day, in nine countries and counting, QVC engages millions of shoppers in a journey of discovery through an ever-changing collection of familiar brands and fresh new products, from home and fashion to beauty, electronics and jewelry. Along the way, we connect with shoppers via live dialog, engaging stories, interesting personalities and award-winning customer service. Based in
QVC is a wholly owned subsidiary of
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