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Tripp Sessions is the retailer’s new chief information officer.
Cataloger and e-retailer Benchmark Brands Inc. has hired the Wendy’s Co.’s vice president of information technology Tripp Sessions as its chief information officer.
In his new role Sessions will oversee application development and technology infrastructure, including e-commerce application development and call center technology.
Sessions had worked at the Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc. since 2008, where he held a variety of positions, including vice president of information technology, restaurant solutions, and senior director of information technology, according to his LinkedIn profile
The retailer also hired Harry & David Holdings Inc. chief accounting officer David Rogalski as its chief financial officer. Rogalski will oversee the retailer’s day-to-day financial operations, policies and procedures.
"David and Tripp's additions reflect the early success of our talent asset management effort to find relevant expertise in a competitive segment of the marketplace," says Alan Beychok, Benchmark Brands president and CEO. "As an online retail experience, so much of our success is driven by the talent behind our online presence, so I'm particularly pleased with what these additions mean to those functional areas, and also the impact they will have on our ability to scale quickly."
Benchmark Brands, which operates FootSmart.com, is No. 176 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide. Harry & David is No. 108.