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OfficeMax opens most stores Thanksgiving night

BY Dan Berthiaume

Naperville, Ill. – Count OfficeMax as the latest in a growing list of retailers opening its doors at 8 p.m. local time Thanksgiving night (as permitted by law). Online Black Friday discounts at OfficeMax.com start at 12:01 a.m. EST Thanksgiving morning.

The OfficeMax Black Friday shopping event will take place for three days from Thursday, Nov. 28 to Saturday, Nov. 30 in stores and at OfficeMax.com.

"Black Friday shopping has become a celebrated and cherished tradition nationwide, and we know that many customers want to get a head start on the savings as part of their holiday festivities," said Michael Lewis, executive VP and president of retail at OfficeMax. "We’re opening our doors at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving to help make OfficeMax among the first stops in the holiday shopping tradition."

Other major retailers opening their doors Thanksgiving night include Macy’s, Kohl’s and J.C. Penney.

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Restoration Hardware bolsters board with tech exec

BY CSA STAFF

Restoration Hardware has appointed Katie Mitic to its board of directors. Mitic, who will also serve on the board’s audit committee, has nearly 20 years of strategic product, marketing and business development experience.

“We are thrilled to have Katie join RH’s board. Her entrepreneurial mindset and digital expertise will be invaluable as we continue to evolve and enhance the ways in which we connect with our customers,” said Gary Friedman, chairman, creator, curator, and co-CEO.

Mitic is currently the co-founder and CEO of Three Koi Labs, a mobile services startup. Previously, she led platform marketing for Facebook, where she is credited with advancing the growth of ground-breaking products for the developers and businesses that engage with Facebook’s community worldwide. Additionally, Mitic has served on the board of directors of eBay for the past two years and on the board of directors of Special Olympics International since May 2011.

“I am excited to be joining an iconic brand in RH that is at the forefront of innovation in retail customer experiences,” said Mitic. “I look forward to working with the team to continue the tremendous business momentum that has already been created and contributing to the long-term success of the Company.”

Prior to joining Facebook, Mitic served as SVP of product marketing at Palm, leading hardware and software product management and marketing and corporate development. Previously, she was VP and GM at Yahoo!, managing strategic global communities and communication businesses. She has also served as executive in residence at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Elevation Partners. She began her career in the mergers and acquisitions group at Credit Suisse First Boston, before going on to become the product leader in a number of successful startups including Four11 (acquired by Yahoo!) and NetDynamics (acquired by Sun Microsystems).

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MBH Architects announces appointments, business development hire

BY Staff Writer

Alameda, Calif. — MBH Architects appointed team members Eddie Hall and Joanna Wong to associates and has hired Paula DeLiso as its new business development representative.

As an associate, Eddie Hall will be taking on more of a leadership role within the internal operations of the company while maintaining his position in MBH’s retail studio, where he recently worked on Portland CityTarget.

Wong, with more than 12 years experience in retail, housing, and commercial projects, will be involved in more of the internal leadership, where she will continue to help mentor junior staff, and work on global brands.

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