ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Nov. 07, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Interactive multichannel retailer HSN, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSNI) announced today that Carmen Bauza will join the company as executive vice president and chief merchandising officer for HSN. Ms. Bauza comes to HSN with more than 30 years' experience in retail and merchandising, having served in leadership positions at major consumer brands including Walmart, L Brands (formerly Limited Brands, Inc.), Five Below, Inc. and the Walt Disney Company. She will join the company November 28 reporting directly to Bill Brand, President, HSN. Ms. Bauza will be responsible for the comprehensive management and continuous development of HSN's cross-category product portfolio - including the ongoing expansion of proprietary offerings. Additionally, Ms. Bauza will identify strategic opportunities to enhance cross platform experiences and maximize HSN's vast customer reach through distributed commerce. As retail, technology and consumer behavior continue to evolve, Ms. Bauza will proactively seek innovative ways to engage HSN customers through compelling events and partnerships that complement the company's experiential retail strategy and extend brand reach through exclusivity and product development capability. "I am extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Carmen Bauza for this critical role. She is a high caliber executive who is known as a consumer-centric brand builder and change agent," said Mindy Grossman, Chief Executive Officer, HSN, Inc. "She will be a strong leader for our experienced merchandising and planning teams, as well as a key member of our executive committee. Carmen's belief in HSN and our unique approach to retail commerce is a testament to our future growth opportunities." "Carmen is a well-respected leader in the consumer and retail industry, with an unparalleled passion for customers, brand and product, and I welcome her to the team," added Mr. Brand. "She is a highly collaborative, innovative and solutions-focused team player, and will play a critical role in crafting and driving HSN's growth strategy."