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Sears announces executive appointment

BY CSA STAFF

Hoffman Estates, Ill. — Sears Holdings announced today retail veteran Chris Capuano will join the company as senior VP and president — Home Fashions. She will be responsible for the oversight, leadership and growth of the in-store and online merchandising of home fashions in both the Sears and Kmart formats.

Capuano most recently served as executive VP GMM – Home and Footwear at Kohl’s.

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Men’s Wearhouse COO to replace founder as CEO

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Houston — Men’s Wearhouse said its president and COO, Douglas Ewert, will replace company founder George Zimmer as CEO in mid-2011.

Zimmer, 62, who founded Men’s Wearhouse in 1973, will remain executive chairman of the board. The company said he would help Ewert with "strategic direction" for Men’s Wearhouse and keep a hand in marketing decisions.

Said Zimmer, “For the past 37 years, I have emphasized that continuity and culture are a vital part of our ability to serve customers. This orderly approach is designed to enhance both continuity and culture.”

Ewert has been president and COO of Men’s Wearhouse since 2008.

The COO position will not be filled after Ewert’s promotion.

The succession plan for Men’s Wearhouse comes after recent efforts to diversify its business.

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Nielsen to retire from Jewel-Osco

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ITASCA, Ill. — Jewel-Osco, a Supervalu-owned company, announced that Keith Nielsen, Jewel-Osco president, has informed the company of his retirement effective at the end of the fiscal year (Feb. 28).

Nielsen’s successor will be Brian Huff, SVP specialty retail for Supervalu. Huff will transition into the position beginning Feb. 7. All operations and business strategies will continue as normal.

Huff joined Supervalu in 2003 as VP merchandising at Cub Foods. In 2005, he was named president of Cub Foods, leading the division to its highest ever sales and market share. Since 2009, he has served as SVP specialty retail for Supervalu.

Prior to joining Supervalu, Huff served as VP merchandising at Walmart. Having spent his entire career in retail grocery, Huff has also held positions at Price Chopper, Bruno’s and Metro Food Markets.

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