Former Blockbuster CIO joins returns mgmt. company

FRAMINGHAM (03/26/2004) - Newgistics Inc. appointed Joe Phillips chief technology officer. Phillips will report to Austin, Texas-bbased returns management software provider's president and CEO, Raymond Greer. He joins Newgistics from Blockbuster Inc., where he served as EVP and CIO and was in charge of the company's facilities department. While at Blockbuster, Phillips led the launch of Blockbuster.com and developed an IT strategy to support the company's growth.

Prior to Blockbuster, Phillips worked for two years as drugstore chain Eckerd Corp.'s CIO. Before that, he was CIO for Rite-Aid Corp. He led the development of Rite-Aid's online pharmacy system. Phillips began his retail technology career with Federated Department Stores where he developed warehouse distribution systems, as well as merchandising, product allocation, pricing, category management and replenishment systems and rose to the position of senior vice president. Phillips holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Math and Physical Science from Troy State University.

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