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Macy’s Chairman to Appear on ‘The Apprentice’

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Cincinnati Macy’s chairman Terry J. Lundgren is slated to appear on an upcoming episode of Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice.”

Lundgren, also president and CEO of Macy’s, will be a guest judge for one episode on the NBC television show that pits celebrities against one another in business-related tasks.

The first episode of “Celebrity Apprentice” aired at 9 p.m. Thursday on NBC. Lundgren isn’t expected to appear on the show until later this month.

“Terry Lundgren was terrific on the show,” Trump said Thursday morning, hours before the debut of the seventh season. “Some people have brains, and a lot have the looks, but rarely do you see both qualities together. Terry brought great perspective to the boardroom and in front of some very tough people.”

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New Creative Director for Banana Republic

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San Francisco Gap Inc. on Thursday named Simon Kneen executive VP of design and creative director for Banana Republic, the latest effort by the apparel retailer to boost its product offerings and improve sales. He will begin the new position next Wednesday.

Kneen was previously creative design director at Retail Brand Alliance, where he led creative direction for the Brooks Brothers and Adrienne Vittadini brands.

He replaces Deborah Lloyd, who had been executive VP of product design and development. She left in October to become co-president and creative director of Liz Claiborne Inc.’s Kate Spade brand.

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Save Mart President to Step Down

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New York City Bob Spengler, the president and COO of Save Mart Supermarkets, announced that he plans to retire Jan. 4, according to the East Bay Business Times.

Spengler initially retired from Modesto, Calif.-based Save Mart in December 2005. He returned in October 2006 to help lead the effort to acquire Albertsons LLC.

Save Mart became major player in the Bay Area grocery market after buying 130 former Albertsons stores throughout Northern California. Under Spengler’s leadership, the company resurrected the Lucky store name for 72 of those locations in the Bay Area, restoring a name that had been a staple of the local supermarket scene until now-defunct Albertson’s Inc. dropped the name when it bought the chain in 1998.

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