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Bon-Ton names Belk exec to CEO slot

York, Pa. -- The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. announced the appointment of Kathryn Bufano to the position of president and CEO, effective Aug. 25. Bufano has served as the president and chief merchandising officer of Belk Inc. since 2010.

Bufano replaces outgoing president and CEO Brendan Hoffman, who announced his resignation.

Bufano’s “years of experience in the department store industry will allow her to refine and drive the strategic growth initiatives we have put in place over the last several years,” said Tim Grumbacher, chairman of the board and chief strategic officer.

Bon-Ton operates 272 stores under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates.