Secaucus-based The Vitamin Shoppe has named Neal Panza senior vice president of retail sales and operations, effective immediately.
Panza has spent the last two decades in leadership positions in retail, including three years spent running one-third of The Disney Store and The Children’s Place locations in the country and two years as vice president of retail at Brookstone.
He also spent nearly a decade with Gymboree, progressing from regional director in the greater Pittsburgh area to vice president of stores, in charge of 1,400 stores across the United States, Canada, and Australia.
“The experience I have gained at other specialty retailers has allowed me to creatively impact results through the customer lens,” Panza said in a statement. “I look forward to helping The Vitamin Shoppe build stronger relationships with customers and evolve the store experience to be relevant for today’s consumer.”
Panza will report directly to CEO Sharon Leite.