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Sears names president of Retail Services unit

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Hoffman Estates, Ill. — Sears Holdings announced that Deidra Cheeks Merriwether has been promoted to senior VP and president of its Retail Services business unit, succeeding James H. Haworth who will be leaving the company to pursue other opportunities. Merriwether will be responsible for the oversight and leadership of retail services for all Kmart and Sears stores.

Merriwether most recently served as SVP, procurement and finance. She also serves as a member of Sears Canada’s board of directors and is the executive sponsor of the company’s African American Associate Network.

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Home Depot’s Menear honored with City of Hope award

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Los Angeles — In recognition of his business and philanthropic achievements, The Home Depot’s executive VP merchandising, Craig Menear, will receive The Spirit of Life Award from City of Hope’s Hardware/Homebuilding Industry group. Menear will be honored Jan. 11, at a reception, at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Fla., by colleagues and industry members. The day will begin with a golf tournament event that supports City of Hope’s lifesaving research, education and treatment programs for cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Menear has nearly 30 years of experience in the retail and hardware home improvement industry. Since he joined The Home Depot in 1997, he has held various executive positions including senior VP merchandising of hardlines, merchandising VP hardware, merchandising VP of the Southwest Division and divisional merchandise manager of the Southwest Division. In addition, Menear is currently the chairman of The Home Depot Foundation’s board of directors.

“It’s an honor to receive this special recognition from City of Hope, an institution that helps patients everywhere who are facing serious diseases,” said Menear. “Our industry has been a tireless supporter of City of Hope’s efforts to cure and ultimately prevent cancer and other life-threatening diseases. I am honored to continue that tradition of support.”

“Since it was founded in 1982, City of Hope’s Hardware/Homebuilding Industry has raised more than $140 million for lifesaving research, treatment and education programs. The group has grown to encompass a nationwide network of high-profile manufacturers, retailers, distributors, manufacturers’ representatives and related members.

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Buxton names Charles Wetzel as CEO

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Fort Worth, Texas — Buxton, a leading customer analytics firm, has named Charles Wetzel as its new CEO.

Wetzel, 35, started at Buxton in 2004 as COO. He assumed the role of president in 2008.

“Charles is the ideal candidate to assume the CEO post at Buxton,” said Tom Buxton, founder and chairman of Buxton. “He holds the right combination of analytical expertise and management needed to lead this company into the future.”

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