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Hobby Lobby name first female president in its history

BY Staff Writer

Brentwood, Tenn. — Hobby Lobby International has named its first female president, hobby industry veteran, Debra Love.

Love has been at Hobby Lobby since 2009 when she joined as VP IT and communications, and most recently served as executive VP.

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Stage Stores CEO resigns

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Houston — Stage Stores said Thursday that its president and CEO Andy Hall has resigned to pursue other interests, and will be replaced in the interim by Michael Glazer, a member of the company’s board since 2001.

Glazer is currently the president and CEO at Mattress Giant Corp., based in Addison, Texas. He previously served as managing director of Team Neu, a private equity firm, and he was also president and CEO of KB Toys Inc.

Stage Stores said it has already begun the search for a permanent CEO and the candidates will include Glazer.

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Advance Auto names head of Midwest store operations

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Roanoke, Va. — Advance Auto Parts has announced the promotion of Markus Hockenson to senior VP store operations, effective April 1.

Hockenson will be responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership to the company’s Midwestern operations, which includes more than 1,200 stores. Hockenson will report to Carl Hauch, senior VP national operations and will be based in Denver.

Hockenson joined Advance in September 2008 as regional VP. Prior to joining Advance, he served with Starbucks where he most recently had region-wide responsibility for project management of key company programs and held several other positions, including district manager.

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