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RILA Hires VP for Asset Protection

BY CSA STAFF

The Retail Industry leaders Association (RILA) recently announced the hiring of Paul Jones as VP for asset protection.

A well-respected loss-prevention professional with more than 20 years of experience, Jones will lead RILA’s asset protection and loss-prevention activities and serve as RILA’s representative to its many private and public-sector partners.

Jones previously served for five years as senior VP for loss prevention for Ohio-based Limited Brands. In addition, Jones’ previous experience includes tenures with several major retailers, including Federated Department Stores, Sunglass Hut and Luxottica Retail Group.

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Blue Nile cfo steps down

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SEATTLE Blue Nile has announced that Robin Easton has resigned from the role of cfo to pursue other interests, effective March 31. The company said it has begun a search to fill the cfo position.

Upon Easton’s resignation, Terri Maupin, the company’s vp of finance and controller, will assume the duties of the principal financial and accounting officer. Maupin has served as the company’s vp of finance since July 2004 and controller since September 2003. Prior to Blue Nile, Maupin served as the staff vp of finance and controller at Alaska Air Group.

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MGP Ingredients ceo resigns

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ATCHISON, Kan. Ladd Seaberg has announced that he is stepping down as ceo of MGP Ingredients, effective immediately. Seaberg will continue to serve as chairman of the board of directors. He is being succeeded as ceo by MGPI President Tim Newkirk, who has also served as coo of the company since May 2006.

“I am very comfortable with the timing of this transition from my role as ceo, and have the utmost confidence in Tim Newkirk’s abilities to lead our company forward,” Seaberg said.

Seaberg became chairman of MGPI’s board in October 2006, succeeding Cloud Cray, who had held the post for 26 years. He has served as ceo of the company since 1988.

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