Dollar General’s James “Jim” W. Thorpe, EVP and chief merchandising officer, will retire on April 15.
“Jim’s strong understanding of our core customer and passion for our business have been instrumental in driving innovation in our merchandising initiatives,” said Dollar General CEO Todd Vasos. “When Jim rejoined the company in 2015, we agreed upon a clear set of objectives for his tenure as CMO. As I knew he would, Jim has delivered on the merchandising strategies we identified as our highest priorities. I’m grateful for his contributions and wish Jim and his family the best in the future.”
Thorpe said, “Being at Dollar General has been the highlight of my career. I have been very fortunate to work with talented executives and an exceptional merchandising group. While I’m excited for the next chapter, I will miss being part of such a great team and I have no doubt Dollar General will continue to grow and lead the way in the small-box discount retail business.”
Thorpe joined Dollar General in 2006 and served as its SVP and general merchandise manager until July 2012. He returned to Dollar General as EVP and chief merchandising officer in August 2015. Prior to Dollar General, Thorpe served in merchandising leadership positions with Sears Holdings Corp. and in marketing roles with Zenith Data Systems and Maxima Corp.
Dollar General, which announced Thorpe’s retirement Thursday alongside its latest earnings report, says it has started a search for a successor and will consider both internal and external candidates for the job.