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Julian Geiger resigns from Aeropostale board

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New York City — Aeropostale said Friday it has appointed seven-year board member Karin Hirtler-Garvey as chairman of the board, replacing Julian R. Geiger who has stepped down as chairman and resigned from the board.

In November, Gieger left his chairman/CEO post with Aeropostale to join Crumbs Bake Shop as president and CEO.

Hirtler-Garvey is a CPA, and most recently was the chief risk executive for Ally Financial Inc. Prior to that, she held various senior level management positions at Bank of America.

The company also announced that Janet E. Grove has been appointed to its board of directors. She was most recently vice chairman of Macy’s Inc.

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NRF BIG Show Wrap-Up Report

BY Staff Writer

New York City — Seamless customer experience, empowered consumers, mobile commerce and social shopping were among the buzzwords at the National Retail Federation’s Annual Convention & Expo in New York City. Highlights of the show, which set new records for attendance and featured a keynote address by a former president, are featured in Chain Store Age’s NRF BIG Show Wrap-Up report.

Click here to download the report.

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Urban Outfitters names CEO for namesake brand

BY Marianne Wilson

Philadelphia — Urban Outfitters Inc. has appointed a former executive as CEO of its namesake brand. The company named Tedford Marlow as head of the Urban Outfitters Group, effective Feb. 6. Marlow he retired from the chain in 2010, after spending nine years as president of the Urban Outfitters brand.

The announcement came almost a month after Richard Hayne, the company’s chairman and president, succeeded CEO Glen Senk, who resigned. Hayne co-founded the company in 1970.

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