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A&P names former OfficeMax exec to senior operations role

BY CSA STAFF

Montvale, N.J. The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. said Wednesday it has appointed Paul Hertz to the role of executive VP operations.

Hertz succeeds Mark Kramer, who left the company to pursue other interests.

Prior to joining A&P, Hertz was executive VP of retail stores for OfficeMax.

“An important part of our turnaround is building a dynamic executive management team with the skills and expertise necessary to lead our company to excellence,” said Christian Haub, executive chairman, The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co.

Earlier this month, A&P announced it had hired OfficeMax COO Sam Martin as its new president and CEO.

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Finish Line puts merchandising chief in dual role as president

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Indianapolis Finish Line said Tuesday it named chief merchandising officer Samuel M. Sato to the additional role of president of the athletic goods retailer.

Sato has been with the company since 2007, coming from a 22-year career with Nordstrom.

In his new position, Sato will add responsibility for Finish Line’s online business to his merchandising and marketing duties. Don Courtney, who has led the online division since August 2009, will continue to serve as its president.

The company said president and COO Steve Schneider will continue in his current roles, overseeing store operations, real estate and information systems.

“As I take on the role of chairman in addition to my duties as CEO, I’ll focus on our company’s long-term growth, while Steve and Sam will work together at the helm of our day-to-day operations, driving our business and focusing on the continued evolution of our premium brand,” said CEO Glenn Lyon.

The company also named Steven Schreibman as VP and chief marketing officer, responsible for leading all branding and marketing initiatives.

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Staples makes exec changes in international business

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Framingham, Mass. Staples said Tuesday it has made executive appointments in its international business that will help drive the company’s growth globally.

John Barton has been appointed executive VP international development and Anders Kristiansen has been appointed president of Staples China.

Staples also announced the appointment of Noah Herschman as chief of merchandising for Staples China.

As executive VP of international development, a new position at Staples, Barton has direct responsibility for Staples’ high-growth markets in China, India and South America. In addition, he has oversight for developing the company’s operational best practices worldwide across its retail, contract and catalog channels.

As president of Staples China effective Sept. 1, Kristiansen will be responsible for all day-to-day operations for Staples’ business in China.

As chief of merchandising for Staples China, Noah Herschman will lead a consolidated merchandising function across contract, catalog and retail channels.

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