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Vice President of Global Merchandising

North Attleborough, Massachusetts, United States
May 19, 2018

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George Odonits

***-** **** ******

Bayside, NY **360

Cell # 917-***-****


An experienced and motivated Vice President of Global Merchandising with a diverse retail background. Extensive knowledge in Sales, Purchasing, Retail Management, Merchandising and Global Sourcing.


HUDSON GROUP E ast Rutherford, NJ 2014 to Present Airport Retail Shops

Vice President of Global Merchandising

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Coordinated all Procurement and Merchandising Globally outside of North America

Worked direct with Brands and Distributors to set up implementation of both Global and Local brands to build merchandise programs and assortments based on availability of product within each country

Traveled to each country prior to opening or re-modeling to train local Procurement and Merchandising teams to understand the culture of Hudson and Merchandising standards

Provided direction to Country Marketing Departments in setting up promotions, volume allowances and placment fees across all categories

Had responsibility of developing category layouts and positioning within each shop and selection of proper fixtures to merchandise each category

Maintained an aggressive travel schedule and was onsite at every new store opening to assist local teams in set up and Merchandising

Regularly revisited each Country to perform Diagnostics and offer guidence to local teams on Procurement and Merchandising WALGREENS/DUANE READE N ew York, NY 2001 to 2014

Category Manager of Imports, Seasonal and General


Responsibilities included:

Category sales in excess of $200M in 260 stores

Travel regularly to Asia to develop Seasonal plans and source new products for all General Merchandise and Seasonal categories.

Source, purchase and manage the following categories: Seasonal Electronics Home Decor

Imports Greeting Cards Hardware/ Lighting

Toys House Wares Frames/ Albums

Giftware Batteries/Film Stationery/ Home Office

Novelties Audio/ Video Personal Care Appliances

Develop open to buy for each season based on L.Y. sales, sell through and projected budgets.

Determine retails and projected markdowns to meet specific gross margin goals.

Coordinate and develop programs for weekly circular ads.

Evaluate, revise and implement category planograms.

Negotiate yearly contracts with vendors for pricing, placement, advertising and volume incentives.

Supervise one Import Coordinator, two Re-Order Buyers and three Administrative Assistants.

KURT S. ADLER INC. N ew York, NY 1999 to 2001

National Sales Manager

Responsibilities included:

Travel to Asia to work with major Mass Market accounts.

Develop chain specific products and programs for each retailer.

Worked directly with Buyers and Merchandise Managers to comply with their specific company requirements and needs.

Work directly with each factory on R&D, cost, packaging and shipment of customer’s orders.

Responsible for developing all merchandising display vehicles for Mass Market chains

GENOVESE DRUG STORES Melville, NY 1 988 to1999

Merchandise Manager of General Sundries

Responsibilities included:

Category Sales of $75 million in 141 stores in the New York Metro area

Regular travel to the Orient to source Seasonal General Merchandise

P urchase, implement and manage the following categories: All Seasonal Giftware Novelties

All Imports Stationery Home/Office

Greeting Cards Party Goods Crafts

Private Label Sundries Soft goods Baby HBC/Gen Mdse.

Category sales, gross profit, advertising, budgets, inventory and planograms. Supervise 2 reorder buyers and 3 Administrative Assistants

Utilize AS/400 POS system


PATHMARK DRUGSTORES Store Manager 1 985 to 1988

ROCKBOTTOM STORES Store Manager 1978 to


Food Fair Supermarkets Grocery Manager 1 974 to 1978 Saint Francis Prep. High School 1971 to


St.Francis Prep High School 1971 to


Queens Borough Community College 1975 to


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