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Fred’s President and CEO Both Retiring

BY CSA STAFF

Memphis, Tenn. Fred’s Inc. on Friday said its president and COO will both retire.

President John D. Reier, 68, and COO Gerald E. Thomson, 58, will leave as part of a planned succession plan, the company said. A new company president, Bruce Efird, began in September, but Reier and Thomson remained during the transition period.

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CertaPro Painters Commercial Services Appoints Director of Business Development

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CertaPro Painters Commercial Services, North America’s largest commercial painting contractor, announced the appointment of Pete Cobb to director of business development. In his new position, Cobb will be focused on designing and implementing programs for all customer segments, as CertaPro continues to expand market share for its quality commercial painting services.

Cobb comes to CertaPro with more than 22 years of experience in sales and management at the Sherwin-Williams Company, having spent his last five years in the painting and coatings industry as the company’s national account manager.

 

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Yankee Candle Names New CFO

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South Deerfield, Mass. The Yankee Candle Co. Inc. has hired Bruce L. Hartman to be its next senior VP and CFO. Hartman, slated to start the job next month, replaces former CFO Bruce Besanko, who left Yankee Candle in July 2006.

Hartman comes from the commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield, where he has served as CFO since 2006. Prior to that, he served as executive VP and CFO of Foot Locker from 1996 to 2005.

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