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Big Lots appoints three general merchandise managers

BY Staff Writer

Columbus, Ohio — Big Lots announced the appointment of three general merchandise managers as part of realigning the merchandising organization into customer-centric categories of food and consumables, furniture and home decor, and seasonal, toys and electronics.

Trey Johnson was promoted to senior VP, general merchandise manager for food and consumables.

Martha Withers was hired as senior VP, general merchandise manager for furniture and home decor. She has diverse category experience with Stage Stores Inc., Stein Mart, and May Department Stores.

Lucy Cindric was hired as senior VP, general merchandise manager for seasonal, toys and electronics. Cindric has rich industry experience with Stage Stores, Walmart, May Company Department Stores, Foley’s, and Dayton Hudson Corporation.

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Kimberly-Clark Pro taps new North American VP

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Kimberly-Clark Professional has named Tim Feeheley as VP of Kimberly-Clark Professional North America. Feeheley succeeds Richard Thorne, who recently was chosen to lead Kimberly-Clark Professional’s Asia-Pacific Region.

Feeheley joins Kimberly-Clark Professional from JanPak, a $240 million provider of facilities maintenance and packaging supplies and solutions based in Davidson, N.C., where he was president. JanPak serves more than 10,000 customers in the building-service contractor and property management, health care, manufacturing, education/government and high-traffic facility end markets across the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Southwest regions of the United States.

"Tim brings a wealth of experience in serving in the markets that we focus on in Kimberly-Clark Professional and he understands our channels, our customers and our competitors, which will help us ensure we are creating truly exceptional experiences for our customers every day," said Elane Stock, group president for Kimberly-Clark Professional. "We have worked with Tim through the years while he was leading JanPak, a major distributor of our products, and we are excited to have someone of his talent and leadership to join our team."

Feeheley led all marketing and investment banking activities for JanPak related to its December 2012 sale to Interline Brands, a $1.6 billion national provider of facilities maintenance supplies and solutions.

"I am thrilled to be joining Kimberly-Clark Professional, not only because of the great brands and value they bring to their customers, but because we share similar values, including putting our customers at the heart of what we do," Feeheley said. "I am also very excited to be joining such a highly engaged and committed team because I believe that sustainable customer loyalty can only be delivered by a team who believes in their unifying mission and in each other."

Feeheley has been a member of the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA) and Vistage, the world’s largest CEO membership organization.

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New CFO named to lead Office Depot/Max

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Office Depot’s new chairman and CEO Roland Smith enlisted a former colleague from the fast food industry to serve as CFO of the recently combined Office Depot and OfficeMax company.

Smith was named CEO and chairman at Office Depot last month and he moved quickly to name Stephen Hare as CFO. Smith and Hare worked together previously at several major quick service restaurant chains. Hare comes to Office Depot, Inc. from The Wendy’s Company where he served as CFO from 2011 until September 2013. Prior to that he was CFO at Wendy’s/Arby’s Group, Inc. from 2008 through 2011. Prior to joing Office Depot, Smith was CEO of Delhaize America, but prior to that was CEO of Wendy’s and the Wendy’s/Arby’s Group.

"Having worked closely with Steve on transforming businesses in the past, I know he brings to Office Depot, Inc. the knowledge and discipline needed to realize the synergies inherent in the merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax," Smith said. "I am confident that Steve’s financial skills and wealth of operations and management experience will enable us to be a more competitive and efficient provider of office products and services, and set us on a path for sustainable growth.

Hare replaces co-CFO Mike Newman, who has retired from the company after five years, and interim co-CFO Deb O’Connor, who has returned to her position as SVP of finance and co-chief accounting officer.

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