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| section title here Mario s far as retail is concerned, there isn’t a lot that Mario Pilozzi hasn’t experienced. During his career, which spans the better part of 50 years, he’s had the opportunity to witness the progression of the Canadian retail industry, its ups and its downs, the successes of many companies and some of their failures, and throughout has continued to develop and grow as a professional, and as a student of the industry that he is so obviously passionate about. At the age of 63, Pilozzi can look back at a career in retail that has seen him rise through the ranks at long-time employer Woolworth Canada where he held a broad range of positions, including VicePresident of Hardline Merchandise, Administrator of Store Openings, District Manager, Store Manager and a number of other important roles within the company’s variety and discount-store divisions. On international perspectives, coaching and managing a team, the industry today and retail as a career | By: Sean C. Tarry Pilozzi In 1994 he left Woolworth Canada, where he spent more than 30 years helping grow the company, to join Walmart Canada as Vice-President of Hardline Merchandise. He soon earned promotion within the company to Senior Vice-President of Merchandise and Sales, followed by promotion to Chief Operating Officer before serving as President and CEO of the company – a post he held until his retirement in January 2008. Pilozzi was recognized by the industry in 2007 with the Distinguished Canadian Retailer of the Year Award, and is also a former member of the Board of Directors at Retail Council of Canada where he has been heavily involved in a number of different initiatives, including enhancing the perceptions of retail as a career. Since his retirement – which is a term that is to be used loosely around Pilozzi – he’s served on a number of boards, including those of Protenergy Natural Foods Corp., a manufacturer of natural food and bev- A

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Retailer - November/December 2010

Canadian Retailer - November/december 2010
Table of Contents
Publisher’s Desk
Shop Talk
Store Design
Retail Leader Perspectives
Rcc: Year in Review
Member Profile
Global Sourcing
Rumour Mill
Retail q&a
Grassroots Marketing
Advertisers’ Index
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Canadian Retailer - November/December 2010