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Container Store CEO named chairman, NRF Foundation board

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New York City The NRF Foundation announced Tuesday that Kip Tindell, chairman and CEO of Coppell, Texas-based The Container Store, was elected as the new chairman of the board for a one-year term.

Tindell replaces Arnold Zetcher, former chairman of Talbots, who served from 2008-2010.

The NRF Federation is the education and research arm of the National Retail Federation.

In addition, four new members were elected to serve two-year terms, including Robert M. Beall II, chairman, Beall’s; Shane Berry, senior VP and general manager, American Express Co.; Jan de Jong, worldwide industry executive, Microsoft Corp.; and Richard Last, VP and director of new business development, J.C. Penney Co.

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Family Dollar names customer marketing head

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Matthews, N.C. Family Dollar Stores announced that it has named Don Hamblen to the position of senior VP customer marketing. Hamblen will report to Dorlisa Flur, executive VP and chief merchandising officer.

Hamblen began his marketing career as a brand manager with Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati. Prior to joining Family Dollar, he most recently served as chief marketing officer for Sears and previous to that, he headed the marketing department at Payless Shoesource.

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Walgreens fills vacancy in photo dept.

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Deerfield, Ill. Filling a void created by the departure last month of merchandising guru Chong Bang, Walgreens said Monday it has promoted Mona Kelly to general merchandise manager in charge of photo and front-end services.

Kelly joined Walgreens in 2005 as divisional merchandise manager of photo operations, and saw her role expanded in October 2008 to include oversight of Walgreens’ front-end services department. In February 2009, she was given additional responsibility for gift cards, prepaid phone cards, cameras, film and digital media.

Prior to joining Walgreens, Kelly was VP photo at Eckerd Drug. According to Walgreens spokesperson Tiffani Washington, “Kelly has 35 years of experience in the photo industry in both operations and merchandising.”

As previously reported, her predecessor in photo and front-end management, Chong Bang, left the company in mid-December — after spearheading the creation and launch of Walgreens’ sweeping Customer Centric Retailing (CCR) initiative — to join Shoppers Drug Mart as senior VP merchandising. His replacement as VP of CCR is 20-year company veteran Mike Arnoult.

At Shoppers, Bang reports to Mary Kelly, Shoppers’ executive VP merchandising and category management. Kelly, the former head of pharmacy and healthcare merchandising at Target, joined Shoppers in early 2009.

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