Wayne State appoints interim provost: Wayne State University President Allan Gilmour announced today the appointment of Margaret E. Winters as interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, effective April 8. Winters will hold the position until the university names a permanent provost following a national search. Winters, who currently serves as associate provost and associate vice president for academic personnel, will succeed Ronald T. Brown, who has accepted the position of president at the University of North Texas at Dallas. Winters has held various leadership positions during her 11 years at Wayne State, including chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and founding chair of the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. In her current position, she played a lead role in the negotiation of Wayne State’s recently ratified collective bargaining contract with the faculty and academic staff union. Prior to joining Wayne State, Winters spent 25 years at Southern Illinois University Carbondale teaching French and linguistics, and serving in the university’s academic administration. She was an SIU associate provost for several years and interim provost from 2000 to 2002. A native of New York City, she attended Brooklyn College and earned graduate degrees at the University of California Riverside (M.A.) and the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D.). Her ongoing research is in historical linguistics and, more specifically, change in grammar over time.
Retail Velocity Adds Industry Veteran to Sales and Marketing Team: Retail Velocity, formerly Vendor Managed Technologies Inc., a provider of demand sensing and retail execution products and services, announced that Gary Adams has joined the company. Adams is an industry veteran who brings more than 35 years of consumer goods experience working for manufacturers, software companies and consulting providers. Most recently, Adams worked at Accenture and also CAS focusing on trade promotion management , trade promotion optimization, volume planning and analytics associated with building out customer plans to support branded activities in the market. Prior to that, he worked at SAP, Efficient Marketing Services, General Foods and Quaker Oats. Since 1994, Retail Velocity has equipped consumer goods suppliers with retail insights that drive sales growth and profitability. Velocity cleanses, harmonizes and integrates daily, store-level POS (demand signals) with third party and internal data to provide end users with best practice analytics and processes geared towards optimizing their sell-through and inventory investment across their retail and distribution accounts. Retail Velocity has been proud to serve market leaders, such as Mattel, Masco, Revlon, Hanesbrands, Levi Strauss and many others in their quest to become more consumer-driven. More at www.retailvelocity.com.