Daymon Welcomes Two New Executives

Daymon ExecsStamford, Connecticut based, Daymon Worldwide, announced today the appointments of Ross Kavanagh in the newly created position of Chief Sourcing and Trading Officer, and Dave Berry as the new Chief Information Officer. Both leaders will be members of Daymon’s executive leadership team.

“The global retail landscape is evolving at a rapid rate and so are the needs of our retailer and supplier partners,” said President & CEO Carla Cooper. “We’re thrilled that Ross Kavanagh and David Berry have joined our executive leadership team as we navigate new business growth opportunities around the world.”

Ross Kavanagh, Chief Sourcing and Trading Officer:
In his role as Chief Sourcing and Trading Officer, Ross Kavanagh is charged with leading Daymon’s global trading businesses. Ross will also oversee global sourcing and quality assurance, driving progress on these critical parts of Daymon’s value proposition.
Ross’ four decades of extensive global industry experience suit him especially well for this role. He most recently spent six years at Office Depot Europe in a series of roles of increasing responsibility, with the last three years as Vice President of Procurement, Supply Chain and Merchandising. His prior UK-based business leadership roles were at Chapman Envelopes (Managing Director), Paragon (Sales and Marketing Director), and Print Search (Sales and Marketing Director). He also spent seven years in the UK leading his own consulting practice, providing strategic insight and support to clients that included GE Capital, Prudential, British Telecom, and Canon.
Ross began his business career in South Africa, working for NCR, Nashua and Xerox before starting his first business consulting practice there.
Ross is a native of Zambia, and later moved to and served in the armed forces of Zimbabwe. He resides in Lancashire, UK with his wife and two daughters. His two older sons live and work in South Africa.

David Berry, Chief Information Officer:
In his role as Chief Information Officer (CIO), David will use his background in both retail and information technology to elevate and expand Daymon’s technology capabilities.

After serving honorably in the United States Navy, David’s early corporate career was in IT roles at Pepsi-Cola and The Dannon Company, followed by eight years at Diageo plc. During his time at Diageo, David served as Vice President of Worldwide Information services at The Häagen-Dazs Co.; Vice President of European information Services and Business Processes for GrandMet Foods Europe; and finally as Senior Vice President and CIO of Burger King Corp. David then left Diageo to lead the IT function for twelve years as Senior Vice President and Global CIO for Coty Inc., the world’s largest fragrance company with $5 billion in annual revenue.
For the past few years, David has worked as interim CIO for companies in several industries, including Polycom (high tech), smartShift (software), Toms Shoes (apparel) and Ascena retail group (retail/apparel). He is also on the board of advisors for several software companies, including Chateaux Software and Kaleo Software.
After living in Europe for 15 years, David now resides in Scarsdale, NY, with his wife and three children.

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Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan). Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s. Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago. Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.