GameStop announced Walmart Stores, Inc. merchandising veteran, Dawn Henry, will join the company as vice president of its ThinkGeek division.
In this role, Dawn will lead the ThinkGeek division to accelerate the growth of the retail brand that caters to pop culture enthusiasts. She will report to senior vice president, Janet Bareis, who has responsibility for developing and supporting the company’s overall strategy and merchandising operations within its growing Collectibles Business inside its GameStop and ThinkGeek stores, and ecommerce channels.
Prior to joining ThinkGeek, Dawn spent eight years at Walmart Stores in a variety of senior buyer roles, and most recently, leading the overall development of the very successful Girls business. Having built the business from the ground-up to now a multi-hundred-million-dollar business, Dawn was responsible for product innovation, brand acquisitions and licensing negotiations. Before entering the retail industry, Dawn spent 10 years in various product development, process and project engineering roles for such companies as Olin Winchester, Georgia Pacific, and Lucent Technologies.
“Adding a seasoned toy and licensed retail merchant such as Dawn to our team demonstrates our continued commitment to further accelerate growth of our global Collectibles business,” said Bareis. “Having worked with Dawn while I was at Walmart, I know firsthand how fortunate we are to have such an accomplished and innovative merchant leading our ThinkGeek division.”
The announcement represents GameStop’s latest move in expanding its team of retail merchants. Previously, the company added Kris Ventura as vice president of Collectibles Merchandising for its GameStop video game business. Kris has more than 28 years of experience in retail merchandising, product development, branding and sourcing, as well as securing exclusive products and IP franchise and licensing agreements for several major retailers, including Michaels Stores, The Bombay Company and Bloomingdale’s Department Stores. Prior to GameStop, Kris spent 12 years at Michaels Stores, most recently as vice president, General Merchandise Manager. She also headed up the retailer’s private brands business, helping launch and grow that business to more than $2B in sales.