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Modell’s makes executive appointments

BY Staff Writer

New York — Modell’s Sporting Goods announced the promotions of two members on the company’s executive team.

Charles Castaneda has been promoted to executive VP — planning, allocation, replenishment and e-ccommerce merchandising. Castaneda joined Modell’s in December of 2010 as senior VP – planning, allocation and replenishment.

Todd Smyth has been promoted to VP/GMM of the licensed product division. He has been with Modell’s for the past 12 years.

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Payless ShoeSource names GM for women’s, accessories

BY CSA STAFF

TOPEKA, Kan. — Payless ShoeSource, a business unit of Collective Brands, has named Michele Bergerac SVP and general merchandise manager for Payless’ women’s and accessories businesses, reporting to LuAnn Via, president and CEO for Payless.

Bergerac will oversee product creation and merchandising for the Women’s footwear and accessory collections, covering a range of categories including dress, sandals, casuals and boots for women, as well as accessories including handbags, socks and hosiery, scarves, jewelry and beauty and body products.

Since 2009, Bergerac most recently served as divisional VP divisional merchandise manager for soft home goods at the Marmaxx division of TJX. Prior to TJX, Bergerac served as president, chief merchant for Bakers Footwear Group from 1999 to 2007, and from 1998 to 1999 she served as president for Edison Footwear Group. She served as VP women’s, men’s and vhildren’s Shoes for Foley’s from 1991 to 1998. Prior to Foley’s, she served as VP divisional merchandise manager, women’s shoes at G.Fox from 1987 to 1991 and as a buyer at May Company California from 1982 to 1987. Bergerac began her career in New York at Abraham & Straus, working her way up from the executive training program to buyer of junior and misses shoes during 1977 to 1981. Bergerac earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University.

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Long-time Lowe’s exec to retire

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MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Michael Brown, EVP and CIO of Lowe’s is retiring after nearly 28 years with the company and has announced plans to accept the company’s voluntary separation program.

“Mike’s leadership in both store operations and information technology over the years has been invaluable to Lowe’s,” said Robert Niblock, chairman, president and CEO. “After a successful career in store operations and merchandising, Mike took on responsibility for the company’s IT function, upgrading technology and store infrastructure, positively impacting employees’ ability to access information and better serve customers. We respect Mike’s decision to go a different direction and wish him well.”

Brown was named CIO in 2011 after a 26-year career in store operations and merchandising. He joined the company in 1984 and served in numerous roles, including store manager, merchandising vice president and vice president of specialty sales, regional VP, SVP and EVP store operations.

The company has already begun a search for a chief information officer. Brown will continue to serve in his present role for a period of time to assist with the transition.

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