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Payless ShoeSource Names President, CEO

BY CSA STAFF

Topeka, Kan. Collective Brands Inc. said Wednesday that it has named retail veteran LuAnn Via as president and CEO for the Payless ShoeSource chain.

Via replaces Matt Rubel, who will continue as chairman and CEO of Topeka-based parent company Collective Brands.

Collective Brands also operates the Stride Rite chain and Collective Licensing International, which develops and manages apparel brands.

Via has been in the apparel business since 1974 and previously was group divisional president of Charming Shoppes’ Lane Bryant and Cacique chains. She also has been a VP at Sears, Roebuck and Co. and oversaw private-label development at Saks Inc.

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Golf Galaxy Closing Headquarters

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Eden Prairie, Minn. Specialty retailer Golf Galaxy, a subsidiary of Dick’s Sporting Goods, announced it will close the Golf Galaxy corporate headquarters in Eden Prairie and relocate corporate functions to the Dick’s Sporting Goods headquarters in Findlay Township, Penn.

According to the company’s SEC filing, Randy Zanatta, co-founder and chief executive of Golf Galaxy, will resign his duties effective July 18.

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Circuit City Director Resigns from Board

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Richmond, Va. Circuit City announced that its lead outside director Mikael Salovaara resigned from its board, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Salovaara, who was chairman of the nominating and governance committee in addition to lead director, resigned just one day after Blockbuster Inc. said it was withdrawing its proposal to buy Circuit City Stores Inc.

Circuit City said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that Salovaara had no disagreements with the company.

The Wall Street Journal also said that Circuit City amended its bylaws to reduce the size of its board to 14 directors from 15.

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