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Jones Group shuffles executive leadership

BY CSA STAFF

New York City The Jones Group said Friday it is realigning its management in the company’s footwear, accessories and retail business, effective immediately.

Rick Paterno, formerly president, Wholesale Better Footwear Brands, has been appointed group president of Footwear, responsible for all of Jones’ wholesale footwear businesses, both domestically and internationally.

Ron Offir, formerly president of e-commerce, has been appointed president, Jones Direct Group. Offir will be responsible for all of Jones’ direct-to-consumer businesses, including company-owned and e-commerce retail.

Both Paterno and Offir will report directly to Richard Dickson, president and CEO of Branded Businesses. Dina Battipaglia, group president of Handbags, and Fran Lukas, group president of Jones Jewelry Group will also report to Dickson.

The company said the reorganization follows the departures of Andrew Cohen, formerly CEO of Footwear, Accessories and Retail, and Jay Friedman, who formerly led the company-owned retail business.

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Saligram named OfficeMax chief

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Naperville, Ill. OfficeMax said late Wednesday that Ravi K. Saligram will succeed Sam Duncan as CEO, effective Nov. 8.

Saligram, 54, most recently was president of uniform retailer Aramark Corp. He will also hold the title of president and director at OfficeMax.

Duncan, who also holds the titles of chairman and president, will step down on Nov. 7, but will remain a special advisor to the company until Feb. 28.

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Charming Shoppes CEO steps down

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Bensalem, Pa. Charming Shoppes said Thursday that James P. Fogarty has stepped down as the company’s CEO and has resigned from its board of directors.

Anthony M. Romano, executive VP global sourcing and business transformation, has been promoted to COO and will oversee day-to-day operations until a new CEO is named. Michael Blitzer of corporate advisory firm Portsmouth Partners, LLC, will be joining the board and will serve as a consultant as the retailer searches for and transitions to a new chief executive.

Charming Shoppes operates 2,094 retail stores nationwide under the banners Lane Bryant, Cacique, Fashion Bug and Catherines Plus Sizes.

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