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Tiffany names Ludru senior VP of North America

BY Staff Writer

New York – Anthony Ludru has been named senior VP of North America by Tiffany & Co.

Ledru, 40, has luxury industry experience including with Cartier in Latin America and the U.S., as well as serving as global VP of sales with Harry Winston International.

“As a member of the senior management team, Anthony will drive sales results in our largest region, composed of the United States and Canada, while contributing a key voice to the articulation of the global brand.,” said Tiffany executive VP Frederic Cumenal.

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Foot Locker appoints Alvitti as chief HR officer

BY Staff Writer

New York — Foot Locker Inc. has appointed Paulette Alvitti as senior VP and chief human resources officer. Alvitti will begin her new role on June 3 and oversee the development and delivery of global human resources, including compensation and benefits, organization and executive development/succession planning, employee engagement, talent management, human resources management systems, and corporate communications. She comes to Foot Locker from PepsiCo, where she spent 17 years, most recently serving as senior VP and chief human resources officer at PepsiCo Asia, Middle East and Africa.

"I’m very excited to be joining Foot Locker, which is known for its dedication to superior customer service and valuing associates as our competitive strength," Alviti said. "I look forward to working with the human resources organization and Foot Locker’s leadership team to further develop our talent, diversity and culture to accelerate long-term growth."

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PriceGrabber: Father’s Day gets practical

BY Dan Berthiaume

Los Angeles – A survey from online shopping site PriceGrabber indicates U.S. consumers are leaning toward practical Father’s Day gifts this year. Almost four-in-10 (38%) consumers plan to purchase practical Father’s Day presents this year, such as tools, auto accessories or appliances.

Nearly one-fifth of respondents (18%) are planning to shop for a tech-type gift such as a computer, tablet or smartphone. Forty-five percent of men plan to buy a practical gift, compared to 33% of women.

Other findings indicate that more than half of respondents (55%) will spend less than $100 this year, while 23% will spend between $100 and $249, 12% will spend more than $250 and 10% do not have a budget. About six-in-10 consumers (59%) will purchase gifts online.

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