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Macy’s Vet to Oversee Division

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Chicago Macy’s Inc. promoted Mike Dervos to oversee the former Marshall Field’s division, according to the Chicago Tribune. The new post was created as the department store chain shutters its Minneapolis regional headquarters and opens a smaller office in Chicago.

Mike Dervos, who was named senior VP and regional director for the Chicago, Minneapolis and Detroit regions, is charged with making the stores more in tune with local tastes. He holds the highest position in the former Field’s region, the report said.

Dervos most recently was regional director of stores for the New York metropolitan region and was responsible for all Macy’s stores operating outside of Manhattan.

Dervos joined Macy’s in 1998.

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New Marketing Executive Joins Marks Plier

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Full-service advertising, marketing and interactive-marketing firm, Marks Plier recently announced the hiring of Don Schneider as group VP, Client Services.

With over 20 years in advertising and marketing, Schneider, 44, will bring his extensive experience in account management, process and workflow analysis, production and creativity. In his new role, Schneider will acquire and manage new business opportunities for new and existing clients.

Schneider has worked with multiple cross-functional departments that include merchandising, planning, branding, advertising, promotions and print buying organizations that provide him with the expertise to service clients from creative concepting to successful execution.

Prior to joining Marks Plier, Schneider was VP, Account Services at Ambrosi where he serviced top retailers including Sears and Office Max and specialized in print circulars, inserts, direct mail and catalogs. He analyzed, standardized and improved workflow between the client and Ambrosi’s creative, production and photography departments. These efforts increased productivity, improved quality and reduced costs for his clients. In a previous position with Ambrosi, Schneider was VP, Production Services responsible for the traffic, quality assurance, IT, training and operations departments. He started his career in Sears’ in-house marketing department producing print advertising.

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Pep Boys Names Interim CEO

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Philadelphia Pep Boys announced Wednesday it has named current COO Mike Odell as the automotive parts company’s interim chief executive effective immediately. Odell, 45, replaces Jeff Rachor who resigned to become a principal in an automotive dealership venture, the company said. A former Sears Holdings Corp. executive, Odell is considered a “serious candidate” for the permanent chief executive position, according to the company, which also said it has no plans to conduct a search at this time.

Pep Boys also announced that Ray Arthur, 49, will join the company on Monday as its executive VP and CFO.

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