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Genesco President Adds CEO Role

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Nashville, Tenn. Genesco Inc. said Thursday president Robert J. Dennis will take on the additional role of CEO, effective Aug. 1. Current CEO and Chairman Hal N. Pennington will continue to serve as executive chairman, the company said.

The company said the change is part of the company’s internal succession plan that began when Dennis was appointed COO in 2005.

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President, CEO Leaves FreshDirect

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New York City FreshDirect CEO and president Steve Michaelson has left the company. Previous to his post at FreshDirect, Michaelson served as senior VP of marketing and merchandising at Weis supermarkets. He has also served as the marketing VP at Wegman’s.

A spokeswoman at FreshDirect told Chain Store Age that an interim president and CEO has not been named.

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Kmart Marketing Officer to Depart Sears

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Hoffman Estates, Ill. Bill Stewart, a senior VP and chief marketing officer of Kmart, is leaving parent Sears Holdings Corp. to work on a campaign to protect gay marriage in California, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Stewart joined the company in April 2006. He was previously VP of marketing for the Levi’s Dockers casual-clothing brand for five years. Stewart said he plans to be a full-time volunteer for Equality for All, a group waging a campaign to defeat a measure appearing on ballots in November to ban gay marriage in California.

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