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Hallmark board benefits from Google powerhouse

BY CSA STAFF

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hallmark Cards has elected Claire Hughes Johnson, VP at Google to the company’s board of directors.

"Claire Hughes Johnson has broad experience in developing innovative new businesses and business models," said Hallmark vice chairman, president and CEO Donald J. Hall Jr. "Her knowledge of the rapidly changing digital space as well as her experience leading global business and product teams will help us as we consider new opportunities and develop strategic plans to expand our business."

"No one understands the power of emotional connection like Hallmark does," said Hughes Johnson. "We all strive to connect with those around us and I’m excited to help Hallmark explore ways that technology can complement and enhance those connections."

Hughes Johnson currently leads the Google Offers business, responsible for delivering a mobile-to-store experience that connects businesses with relevant customers. Since joining Google in 2004, Johnson has also led the business teams responsible for Gmail, Google Checkout (now Wallet) and Google Apps.

Most recently she led global online sales and the new products and solutions teams, responsible respectively for acquiring and serving thousands of advertisers and partners, and for commercializing new product areas for Google. Hughes Johnson also serves as co-lead and executive sponsor of the Global [email protected] Network and is a member of the Google Diversity Executive Council.

Prior to Google, Hughes Johnson worked in management consulting, developing marketing and customer strategies for large media companies. Her career began in Massachusetts state politics, working for the attorney general and running gubernatorial, state and local campaigns.

Hughes Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Yale School of Management. She serves as a trustee of Milton Academy and as an adviser to Citizen Schools. She resides in Menlo Park, Calif., with her husband and children.

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Stein Mart’s Stein named CEO

BY CSA STAFF

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Stein Mart’s interim CEO Jay Stein has been named CEO.

"It has been my pleasure to return and lead Stein Mart after nearly two years as interim CEO. Working side-by-side with our wonderful leadership team, we are now enjoying these great results," said Stein. "This is an important time in our company’s history and I am very happy to be part of this great organization."

Stein has served as interim CEO since Sept. 2011. He’s been chairman of Stein Mart’s board of directors since 1989 and will continue to serve in that role. Stein is no stranger to the CEO slot, having previously served as such at the company from 1990 to Sept. 2001.

Stein Mart’s assortment of merchandise features current season, moderate to better fashion apparel for women and men and accessories, shoes and home fashions.

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Intuit CEO joins Nordstrom board

BY Dan Berthiaume

Seattle – Brad Smith, president and CEO of Intuit Inc., has joined the board of directors of Nordstrom. Smith, who has been with Intuit since 2003, was named president and CEO in 2008. Prior to joining Intuit, Smith held sales, marketing and management roles with companies including ADP, PepsiCo, Seven-Up and Advo. He is also a former director of Yahoo.

“Brad adds to the already strong talent and diverse expertise represented on our board,” said Enrique Hernandez, Jr., chairman of the board of directors for Nordstrom. “In addition to his corporate governance experience as a public company director, he brings an impressive track record of leading a successful customer-driven business with a reputation for developing innovative products and solutions. We’re delighted to have him on our team and look forward to his contribution as we work to improve the service experience and extend our reputation with customers and shareholders alike.”

Nordstrom directors serve one-year terms, and all board members must be elected annually. Smith’s addition brings the total number of directors to 12, nine of whom serve as independent directors.

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