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Parker’s names convenience vet as VP of real estate

BY Dan Berthiaume

Savannah, Ga. – Bill Bishop has been named VP of real estate and development of convenience store chain Parker’s, a new position for the company. He will work with president and CEO Greg Parker on the company’s strategic real estate negotiations and acquisitions, citing research and permitting coordination with local officials.

He will work with President and CEO Greg Parker to implement a new strategic growth plan while handling all real estate and construction matters for new store development and acquisitions, and will also manage all asset management functions for the company’s existing portfolio.

From 2012 to the present, Bishop served as senior real estate manager for Thorntons Inc., a convenience store group. He was previously real estate acquisitions and development manager for Circle K Stores, from 2008 to 2012, and also served as VP of real estate for Prime Development Group from 2004 to 2008.

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Williams-Sonoma shuffles leadership

BY Dan Berthiaume

San Francisco – Williams-Sonoma Inc. has shuffled the positions of several top executives. Chief strategy and supply chain officer Dean Miller has been named COO, and chief marketing officer Pat Connolly will assume the position of chief strategy and business development officer.

In this role, Connolly will work closely with senior management to refine the company’s long-term strategy, including the development of new businesses, and the evaluation and execution of acquisitions and alliances. In addition, CIO John Strain has been promoted to the position of chief digital and technology officer. In this new role, Strain will assume additional responsibility for the company’s digital and direct marketing efforts.

Also Felix Carbullido has been promoted to the position of chief marketing officer, succeeding Connolly. He will oversee the marketing of all brands.

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American Apparel’s new board includes its first female director, and RadioShack CEO

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — American Apparel Inc. announced four new directors to its board, including the company’s first-ever female board member, Colleen Brown, a former CEO of Fisher Communications, and former Walgreens executive Joseph Magnacca, who took the reins as CEO of RadioShack last year.

The other new directors are David Glazek, a partner with hedge fund Standard General, which holds a nearly 44% stake in American Apparel, and Thomas J. Sullivan, a director of Media General.

The four new directors will join existing board members Allan Mayer and David Danziger, who will stay on as co-chairmen of the board. The new board will take their seats on Aug. 2.

The new board slate is the result on an agreement between American Apparel and Standard General.

“This slate of directors brings significant financial, retail, and corporate turnaround expertise to the board," Glazek said in a statement.

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