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Jones names new chief merchants

BY CSA STAFF

New York City The Jones Group announced Tuesday the additions of Rodney Hutton as chief merchandising officer of Anne Klein Brands and Daniela Bocresion as chief merchandising officer of Rachel Roy Brands, both effective immediately.

Hutton and Bocresion will both report to Susan Metzger, CEO of women’s wholesale sportswear for The Jones Group.

In the newly created role of CMO of Anne Klein Brands, Hutton will oversee all merchandising activities for production, sales, marketing and design. Prior to joining The Jones Group, Hutton was principal at Fashion Iconic LLC, a brand strategic development consultancy.

In the newly created role of CMO of Rachel Roy Brands, Bocresion will oversee all merchandising activities for production, sales, marketing and design for both Rachel Roy and RACHEL Rachel Roy. Most recently, she was senior VP merchandising and marketing at Lacoste USA.

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Kroger names group VP

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Cincinnati The Kroger Co. said Monday that Jeffrey D. Burt has been promoted to group VP perishables merchandising and procurement.

Burt was previously VP deli/bakery merchandising and procurement.

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Office Depot chief resigns after SEC settlement

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Boca Raton, Fla. Office Depot announced Monday that its chairman and CEO Steve Odland has resigned from the company. The departure comes just days after Office Depot, Odland and the former CFO were levied with civil penalties related to an SEC probe.

Odland’s departure, effective Nov. 1, is by mutual agreement with the Office Depot board of directors, said the company.

Office Depot recently reported that it agreed to pay $1 million to settle federal charges that it overstated earnings and revealed information to a group of investors and analysts that it failed to include in public filings. Odland and former CFO Patricia McKay each will pay civil penalties of $50,000.

Odland will be replaced in the interim by lead director and former NFL president Neil Austrian, who will step in as interim chairman and CEO. Odland will remain on board as a consultant until the end of the year. Office Depot has tapped Heidrick & Struggles to find a permanent replacement.

Austrian said in a statement that “this is an appropriate time to seek new leadership to make the most of the platform we have in place, return to sales growth, improve financial performance and reinvigorate our franchise.”

In 2008, a dissident shareholder group rallied to replace Odland and former chairman David Fuente from the board but withdrew its nominees in the face of resistance from major proxy advisory firms.

Office Depot operates 1,600 stores worldwide.

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