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QVC's U.S CEO Steps Down

Posted on September 4, 2014 by HFN Staff

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WEST CHESTER, Penn.-QVC's U.S. CEO Claire Watts has resigned, effective Friday, Sept. 5, to pursue other opportunities, the retailer said yesterday.

The company has not initiated a search for a successor to Watts, according to a company spokeswoman. The senior U.S. leadership team, including Doug Howe, executive vice president, merchandising and planning; Mary Campbell, executive vice president, commerce platforms; and Rob Muller, executive vice president, U.S. strategic planning and analytics, will report to Mike George, president and CEO, QVC, Inc., on an interim basis "as QVC seeks to optimize its long-term management structure," the company said.

Watts joined QVC in 2008 as president, U.S. Commerce and was promoted to CEO U.S. in 2011.

"Claire has played an instrumental role in QVC's evolution to a leading multichannel retailer since joining the company in 2008," said George. "Under her leadership, we've deepened our customer relationships and significantly expanded our e-commerce, mobile and social platforms. I want to thank Claire for her many contributions to QVC, including helping to build an experienced, dedicated U.S. leadership team and a stronger, more agile U.S. business. Everyone at QVC wishes her the best in her future endeavors."

"While the decision to move on from QVC was not an easy one, I am proud of what the U.S. team has accomplished over the past six years," said Watts. "As I look forward to taking on new challenges, I know QVC has a strong and seasoned team in place to build upon the momentum that we have achieved in the U.S. business."