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Lowe’s names new senior VP

BY Staff Writer

Mooresville, N.C. — Lowe’s Companies announced that Michael P. McDermott will join the company as senior VP and general merchandising manager- building and maintenance, a new position.

McDermott will be responsible for the lumber & building materials, millwork, hardware & tools and rough plumbing & electrical divisions. He will report to chief merchandising officer, Michael A. Jones.

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Former Coach exec named CEO of REI

BY Marianne Wilson

Seattle — Recreational Equipment (REI) named Jerry Stritzke as the company’s president and CEO, effective Oct. 1, following an extensive national search. Stritzke most recently served as president and COO for Coach, which announced his resignation, effective Sept. 2.

At REI, Stritzke replaces former president and CEO, Sally Jewell, who left the company in April when she was confirmed as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. In addition to serving as the company’s CEO, he also will serve as a member of the co-op’s board of directors.

Prior to joining Coach, Stritzke had an eight-year career with Limited Brands, Inc.

“REI’s board set high standards in pursuing the company’s next CEO," said Board Chair John Hamlin. "Jerry brings to REI an outstanding record of success in all aspects of specialty retail, particularly brand building, operations, and customer insights. He possesses strategic vision, he knows how to foster a high-performing executive team, and he has proven skills in navigating the disruptive forces that have become the norm in today’s business world."

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Online retailer Piperlime brings new guest editor onboard

BY CSA STAFF

SAN FRANCISCO — Online retailer Piperlime continues to grow its Guest Editor program. The program’s most recent addition is actress Jessica Alba, who will join current guest editors Rachel Zoe and Olivia Palermo to launch the fall 2013 season.

The partnership kicks off today, giving customers access to Alba’s product picks, favorite trends and fall must-haves.

"I am excited to partner with Piperlime and select my picks for fall," said Alba. "I love the brands they carry and how they have edited the styles down to the best of the best with a mix of price points."

Piperlime carries more than 500 apparel, footwear and accessories brands ranging from casual to designer. Piperlime customers receive free shipping and free returns on every order, along with 24-hour customer service via phone or email. Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy credit cards are accepted, and customers can earn and redeem reward points at piperlime.com. Customers can also shop four other Gap Inc. online stores using the same shopping bag and one easy check out.

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