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QVC, HSN Owner Qurate Gets New CEO


Qurate Retail, which owns the QVC and HSN shopping networks, as well as online company Zulily, has appointed David Rawlinson II (pictured) as its president and CEO, effective Oct. 1.

He will succeed Mike George after a two-month transition period, beginning Aug. 1, when Rawlinson will join the company as president and CEO-elect. George will serve as a transition advisor through the end of the year. He announced his intention to retire last year.

Rawlinson previously served as CEO of NielsenIQ, the data analytics and audience measurement company. Prior to that, he worked for eight years with industrial supply company W.W. Grainger Inc., where he served for four years as the president of its global online business.

Rawlinson holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and has held various appointed positions in the George W. Bush and Obama administrations. In the Obama administration, he was a senior advisor for economic policy with the White House National Economic Council. He also serves on the board of Discover Financial Services.

George has headed QVC since 2004. In 2015, QVC bought flash site Zulily, started by Blue Nile founder Mark Vadon. In 2017, the home-shopping network bought its long-standing rival HSN.

Qurate also owns a variety of home and apparel brands under its Cornerstone division: Frontgate, Ballard Designs, Garnet Hill, and Grandin Road.

(Image courtesy of Discover Financial Services)

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By: Rob Bates

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