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Cabela’s announces executive resignation

BY Staff Writer

Sidney, Neb. — Cabela’s Inc. announced that, effective January 1, 2013, Joseph M. Friebe, executive VP and president and CEO of the chain’s World’s Foremost Bank, will transition from his current positions and will become a special advisor to the CEO of the bank through 2014, when he plans to retire.

“Under Joe’s leadership, the Cabela’s Club Visa program has posted industry-leading results, which have contributed greatly to our strategic growth,” said Tommy Millner, Cabela’s CEO.

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Claire’s Stores COO resigns company

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Chicago — Claire’s Stores announced Monday that its COO James G. Conroy has departed the company, effective immediately.

Conroy’s duties will be assumed by newly appointed CEO James D. Fielding, who will officially join Claire’s on June 18. Fielding had been president of Disney Stores Worldwide since May 2008.

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Martha Stewart revs e-commerce presence with former Anthropologie exec

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New York — Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia said Monday it has named Michael Robinson to the newly created position of VP e-commerce.

Robinson was most recently Anthropologie’s head of e-commerce for Europe and United Kingdom, and was responsible for launching the Anthropologie catalog and website in 1998, as well as introducing the retailer’s loyalty card program.

He has also held managerial and planning positions with Banana Republic and Smith & Hawken.

For Martha Stewart, Robinson is charged with building out the company’s e-commerce presence, including the site it is jointly developing with J.C. Penney Co., slated for a 2013 launch.

"He’s very well-positioned to drive an important company initiative as we expand our e-commerce business in conjunction with J.C. Penney,” said Lisa Gersh, president and COO, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.

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