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Talbots Names COO

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Hingham, Mass. The Talbots Inc. said Monday it named Michael Scarpa as COO, effective immediately.

Scarpa, 53, previously worked at Liz Claiborne Inc., where he served as COO and CFO, among other positions.

Talbots also said CFO Ed Larsen is retiring, effective Jan. 5. Once the 63-year-old Larsen retires, Scarpa will also assume the role of CFO.

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Supermarket Veteran Joins Rite Aid

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Camp Hill, Pa. Rite Aid Corp. announced Thursday that it has appointed Ken Martindale, a retail veteran with more than 35 years of diverse marketing, merchandising and operations experience, as senior executive VP of merchandising, marketing and logistics. His appointment is effective immediately.

In this position, Martindale, 48, is responsible for category management, merchandising, marketing, supply chain and inventory management for Rite Aid.

Martindale most recently served as co-president, chief merchandising and marketing officer for Pathmark Stores, a $4.0 billion regional supermarket chain with a strong pharmacy business. He served there until December 2007 when the company was sold to the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co.

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Ace Hardware Announces Exec Changes

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Oak Brook, Ill. Ace Hardware Corp. has appointed Rick Affolter to serve as VP of finance, and has promoted Rick Whitson to VP of retail support.

Affolter will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of Ace’s finance department and will oversee the company’s controller, tax director and director of financial planning and analysis. He joins Ace from HD Supply, Inc., a wholesale distributor of construction and maintenance products.

Whitson, which has been with Ace Hardware for 29 years, will direct activities at Ace’s 14 retail distribution support centers and six cross dock facilities. Most recently, he served as director of retail support and engineering, for which he will continue to provide leadership.

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