Ten Thousand Villages’ board of directors announced the formation of a search committee to recruit a new chief executive officer (CEO) to lead its network of more than 75 retail stores in the US. Craig Schloneger will step down as CEO on March 31, 2012.
Some of the organization’s accomplishments during Schloneger’s tenure include: record achievements in sales, artisan purchases and employee growth during a declining retail industry environment; an increase in artisan purchasing relationships; and the opening of nearly 25 new stores.Schloneger is stepping down to take a new position as Partner with North Group, a consulting firm in Lancaster, PA, specializing in leadership, management teams and organizational development.
Ten Thousand Villages is one of the four large, fully committed Fair Trade businesses in N. America, and is widely considered the first Fair Trade business. Villages is a retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe, featuring products from more than 130 artisan groups in some 35 countries. Ten Thousand Villages is part of a network of more than 150 retail outlets throughout the United States.
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