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Lowe’s announces executive moves, promotions

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Mooresville, N.C. — Lowe’s Cos. said Wednesday that it has made several key promotions and moves in its human resources, legal, merchandising, logistics and information technology areas.

Maureen K. Ausura was promoted to executive VP human resources, from senior VP in the same capacity.

Gaither M. Keener has been promoted to executive VP general counsel, secretary and chief compliance officer, from senior VP in the same capacity.

Both will continue reporting to CEO Robert Niblock.

Troy J. Dally has been promoted to senior VP and general merchandising manager-hardlines/building products, a position held previously by Robert J. Gfeller Jr., who was recently promoted to executive VP merchandising.

William L. (Leroy) Allen has been promoted to senior VP logistics, replacing Rick D. Damron, who was recently promoted to executive VP store operations.

Everett B. (Britt) Dayton has been promoted to senior VP IT business management, after previously serving in store operations support as VP store delivery fleet operations.

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William Ackman, Steven Roth named to J.C. Penney board

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Plano, Texas — J. C. Penney Co. announced Wednesday that its board of directors has elected William A. Ackman, founder and CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management, and Steven Roth, chairman of the board of Vornado Realty Trust, as directors.

The appointments had been previously announced on Jan. 24.

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Gap adds eight more European countries to online presence

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San Francisco — Gap said Wednesday that it has expanded its Gap and Banana Republic online presence to eight additional European countries through its dedicated European e-commerce sites.

Gap debuted the dedicated sites in the United Kingdom in August 2010 and then expanded to include nine additional European countries in October 2010. The newest announcement brings the total reach of it European e-commerce business to 18 countries.

“We’re excited to accelerate Gap’s global online expansion and extend our exceptional online experience to more European customers,” said Stephen Sunnucks, president, Gap Inc. Europe and Strategic Alliances. “Launching in eight additional European countries underscores the loyalty and enthusiasm customers in Europe have shown for our online brands since the sites launched last August.”

Gap said it is focused on executing its global growth strategy. It opened its first Gap and Banana Republic flagship stores in Italy in 2010, and its first company-owned Gap stores and online retail site in China.

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