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Mizrahi Leaves Target for Liz Claiborne

BY CSA STAFF

New York City Liz Claiborne Inc. said Tuesday it has hired Isaac Mizrahi as its creative director for its namesake brand in a bid to rejuvenate its foundering and aging label.

In signing on with Liz Claiborne, the designer is also ending his contract with Target Corp. He had created the Isaac Mizrahi for Target collection, which has been a magnet in driving customer traffic to its stores and helped solidify Target’s niche in cheap chic designs since its inception five years ago.

Mizrahi’s first women’s collection for Claiborne, to arrive in stores for spring 2009, will appeal to the same customer but will be updated with bold colors.

In a separate statement, Target said that the Mizrahi collection will continue to be available exclusively in select Target stores and at Target.com through the end of 2008.

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Bass joins Tractor Supply board of directors

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. Tractor Supply Company today announced that William Bass has been appointed to the company’s board of directors.

Bass co-founded and currently serves as ceo for Fair Indigo, a direct response men’s and women’s apparel retailer formed on the premise of “fair trade.” Prior to that, he held several management positions with Sears, Roebuck & Company and was responsible for leading the e- commerce initiatives for Sears Customer Direct and Lands’ End, where he grew landsend.com from $60 million in annual sales to more than $550 million.

Jim Wright, chairman, president and ceo, stated, “We are very pleased Bill is joining Tractor Supply’s board of directors. His extensive retail knowledge coupled with his proven success in both e-commerce and merchandising provides additional strength and broadens the expertise of our board. Additionally, Bill’s leadership experience and entrepreneurial spirit will be valuable assets to Tractor Supply as we continue to grow our business.”

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Nintendo names new Latin America head

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REDMOND, Wash. Nintendo of America announced the appointment of Bill Van Zyll as director and general manager of Latin America, effective immediately.

Van Zyll heads Nintendo of America’s Latin America department, which is responsible for the creation, direction and implementation of short- and long-term sales, marketing, and operational strategies for Latin America.

Before joining Nintendo, Van Zyll was with Whirlpool for more than 15 years, where for the past four years he has served as director of finance for sales for the company’s North American region.

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