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Bebe names American Eagle exec as marketing VP

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Los Angeles — Bebe Stores, Inc. is naming Keith Keegan as senior VP of marketing, effective May 13. Keegan will be in charge of all aspects of marketing and branding across all Bebe brands and report to CEO Steve Birkhold.

Previously, Keegan has worked for Abercrombie and Fitch, Limited, and Express and most recently served as VP of marketing and creative director for American Eagle and the Aerie brand.

“Keith has a long and successful track record working for highly visible global retailers and his passion for branding along with his creative vision will help take Bebe to a whole new level,” said Birkhold. “I’m thrilled to have him join our team as we strategically focus on creating an innovative brand experience to capitalize on the growth opportunities for Bebe.”

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ValueVision appoints Comcast exec to board of directors

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Minneapolis – Robert S. Pick, senior VP of corporate development of Comcast Corporation, has been appointed to the board of directors of ValueVision Media Inc., a multichannel retailer operating as ShopNBC. Pick joined Comcast in 1989 and since that time has worked on ventures including the NBC Universal joint venture with GE Corporation, the acquisition of AT&T Broadband, and many other strategic acquisitions and partnerships.

"It gives me great pleasure to welcome Bob to our Board," said ValueVision Media Chairman Randy Ronning. "He has an impressive background in strategic corporate development coupled with a comprehensive understanding of our multichannel retailing space. We look forward to benefiting from his insights and experience to enhance shareholder value."

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Exclusive Video: Von Maur’s Jim von Maur talks strategy with Chain Store Age

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Davenport, Iowa — Some retailers just keep growing, despite economic headwinds, fickle customers and competitive pressures. The family-operated, 140-year-old Von Maur department store company, based in Davenport, Iowa, is one of those retailers. In an exclusive video interview, Chain Store Age senior editor Katherine Boccaccio spoke with Jim von Maur, president, about the chain’s strategy and how it keeps growing in an uncertain economy.

“At Von Maur, we stick to our core principles, which is great service, great merchandise, and clean facilities that are well managed,” von Maur said. “Whether the economy is strong or is in a recession, customers are going to respond to that.”

The company’s growth is supported and enhanced by a robust distribution arm that continues to add more space and workers, optimized on-site retail operations supported by an Oracle system in place since 2011, strong service initiatives and, more recently, an explosive e-commerce business.

Success both online and in the brick-and-mortar stores makes von Maur optimistic about what lies ahead.

“The future for Von Maur is very bright, mainly because we have a great team and we are very good at what we do,” von Maur said.

For the exclusive video interview with von Maur, and a behind the scenes look at the company’s DC operations, click here.

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