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Tech entrepreneur appointed CEO of Chute Gerdeman

BY Staff Writer

Columbus, Ohio — Rolfe Swinton, a creative, consumer insight and technology entrepreneur, has joined strategic brand and design firm Chute Gerdeman as CEO. Co-founders Denny Gerdeman and Elle Chute will become co-chairmen of the company.

Swinton founded and built Lumi Mobile, a provider of mobile-enabled consumer insight technologies backed by WPP and Australian billionaire Chris Morris. He also co-founded Reality Mine, the leading provider of passive mobile data collection and behavioral analytics.

"This announcement marks an exciting day in Chute Gerdeman’s history," said Gerdeman. "Rolfe brings a unique expertise that cuts across design, technology, and consumer insight – skills that we believe are core to the future of retail and to Chute Gerdeman."

The addition of Swinton to the executive team will allow Gerdeman and Chute to facilitate an ambitious strategic vision for the company, including potential acquisitions and partnerships.

"Retail is in the midst of a once-in-a-lifetime revolution, driven by profound changes in technology, consumer insights and society in general,” Swinton said. “Chute Gerdeman has taken a leadership role in this new retail environment, and I look forward to the adventures that lie ahead."

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Pier I Imports names former J.C. Penney exec as executive VP of marketing

BY Marianne Wilson

Fort Worth, Texas — Pier 1 Imports has named Eric Hunter as executive VP of marketing, responsible for the company’s brand image and integrated marketing efforts. He most recently served as senior VP of marketing and acting chief marketing officer for J.C. Penney Co., where he led strategy, research, creative, media, customer relationship management and digital direction for the JCP enterprise brand and all JCP-owned brands.

Previously, he served as chief marketing officer & group president with Kellwood Company, an affiliated portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners.

Hunter’s appointment at Pier I comes days after the company credited misguided marketing as one of the reasons for its poor performance in the second quarter.

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Weis Markets CEO resigns; vice chairman named interim chief executive

BY Marianne Wilson

Sunbury, Pa. — Weis Markets announced that company president and CEO David J. Hepfinger has left the company to pursue other interests. Company vice chairman Jonathan H. Weis replaces him as interim CEO. Robert F. Weis remains as company chairman.

Hepfinger has also resigned from the company’s board of directors. As part of the reorganization, Kurt Schertle, executive VP, sales and merchandising will report directly to Weis who will also oversee the company’s real estate/store development, finance and human resources’ teams.

Until the reorganization is complete, Schertle will take on additional responsibilities, overseeing store operations and its operations support team.

Weis Markets operates165 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia.

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Sep-24-2013 11:39 am

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Sep-24-2013 10:11 am

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There is always a better business that we can carry in this place. - Integrity Spas

G.Hearn says:
Sep-24-2013 11:39 am

Thank you for another fantastic posting. Where else could anyone get that kind of information in such a perfect way of writing? I have a speech next week, and I was looking for more info ; AC Dealer in mumbai

L.Kjl says:
Sep-24-2013 10:11 am

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