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Staples Names Avon President to Board

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Framingham, Mass. Staples announced the appointment of Elizabeth Smith, president of Avon Products, to its board of directors.

Smith joined Avon in January 2005 as executive VP and brand president, and was given the additional role of leading Avon North America in September 2005. Smith was named president of Avon Products in September 2007.

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Tony Poma Joins True Religion Apparel as Director of Construction

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Tony Poma was appointed director of construction at True Religion Apparel. Poma joins True Religion following a seven-year tenure at International Coffee & Tea as their senior director of Design and Construction where he was instrumental in opening over 500 retail outlets in 16 different countries.

In his new role, Poma will oversee the buildout of all domestic retail outlets, as well as assist on the buildout of international outlets. He will also be responsible for the facilities management of all existing domestic-retail outlets. His immediate priorities are to continue to build a team of seasoned professionals that will be capable of effectively managing the aggressive rollout of multiple retail outlets in the years to come. Additionally, he will be focused on partnering with key outside vendors to assist in this aggressive rollout and not only delivering stores on time but also reducing the buildout costs of the retail outlets.

Poma began his career managing major hospital remodel and reconstruction projects throughout Southern California leading into a natural transition into hospitality and retail for brands such as Jamba Juice, Starbucks, Koo Koo Roo Chicken, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and others across the continental United States. Poma also plays an active role in the industry through his trade memberships and acting as an Advisory Board Member of SPECS since 2003.

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Gander Mountain CEO Resigns

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St. Paul Gander Mountain Co. announced Monday that Mark R. Baker has stepped down as president, chief executive and board member. Baker resigned to become president and COO of Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., where he has served as a director since 2004.

David C. Pratt, Gander Mountain’s chairman of the board, will serve as CEO on an interim basis. Baker has agreed to remain as an employee of the company during a transition period ending on Sept. 30, 2008.

“During Mark’s tenure, Gander Mountain has grown to 115 stores in 23 states and re-entered the direct business with the acquisition of Overton’s and the recent launch of our new e-commerce site and catalog,” said Pratt on behalf of the board. “With Mark’s help, we have also put in place strategic and cost-saving initiatives that offer opportunities for improved performance during the remainder of fiscal 2008 and beyond.”

Gander said its board will begin the search for a permanent CEO immediately.

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