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Sears Canada Taps Sears Holdings Execs

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Toronto, Sears Canada announced Friday that its board of directors appointed Dene Rogers as president and CEO, effective Thursday. Rogers has been the company’s acting president since May 9.

Prior to his role with Sears Canada, Rogers was executive VP of restructuring and business improvement for Sears Holdings and previously served as executive VP and general manager of Kmart Stores. He joined Kmart in October 2003.

William Crowley has been named chairman of Sears Canada. Crowley, also a member of the board of directors of Sears Holdings, has served as Sears Holdings’ executive VP and chief administrative officer, and has been a member of the Sears Canada Board since March 2005.

Former CEO Brent Hollister left Sears Canada in May after 37 years with the company.

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Kline Named VP of Marketing at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft

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Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, the nation’s largest fabric and craft retailer, has promoted Riddianne (Riddi) Kline to VP, marketing. She will be responsible for the strategy and execution of all branding, marketing and promotional elements for the company, including advertising planning, creative, marketing support, and public relations.

Kline has been with Jo-Ann for four years, most recently as creative director. She has served other management positions for the company, including director of business management and media, and director of marketing programs. Prior to Jo-Ann, Kline held brand management and marketing positions at Kraft Foods, RadioShack and Michaels Stores.

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Office Depot to Move Headquarters

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Boca Raton, Fla., Office Depot Inc. broke ground Tuesday on a new headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla. The facility, expected to be completed in 2008, will replace a current headquarters in Delray Beach. It will accommodate up to 2,500 people, 500 more than the current facility.

?“It symbolizes not only our growth, from a company operating a single store in South Florida to a $15 billion enterprise serving customers in 42 countries, but also our commitment to the local community that gave us our start,” Office Depot’s Chairman and CEO, Steve Odland, said in a statement. ??

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