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True Religion names former A&F exec to board

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Vernon, Calif. Jeans and clothing retailer True Religion Apparel said Tuesday it has named former Abercrombie & Fitch Co. executive Seth Johnson to its board of directors.

Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lubell said Johnson’s experience in growing Abercrombie & Fitch from 30 stores to more than 700 stores would help True Religion with its own growth plans.

Johnson served as Abercrombie & Fitch’s COO from 1999 to 2004 and was its CFO from 1992 to 1998.

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Duckwall-ALCO names president and CEO

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Abilene, Kan. Duckwall-ALCO Stores Monday announced its board of directors has named Richard E. Wilson as president and CEO effective Feb. 22. Wilson replaces Lawrence J. Zigerelli, president and CEO since July 2008, who has resigned.

Wilson has been principal of Corporate Alliance Group, a management consulting company specializing in marketing, product development, planning, strategy and brand management for the retail and wholesale trade, since 2007. Before that, he was senior VP, general merchandise, for BJ’s Wholesale Club.

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Great American Restaurants employs HotSchedules labor-management solution

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Austin, Texas HotSchedules announced that Great American Restaurants has successfully implemented HotSchedules Enterprise for restaurant labor management and online employee scheduling.

Great American Restaurants first implemented HotSchedules in two locations in 2007, and the feedback and results were so positive that the company’s leadership team decided to roll-out chain-wide.

“Our managers will never go back to the ‘old way’ now that we have HotSchedules,” said Colleen Sisk, talent development manager, Great American Restaurants, which operates 11 units under several banners. Now, they can spend more face time serving customers and talking with employees about issues that are more important to the overall business than scheduling.”

To date, Great American Restaurants has used HotSchedules primarily for its employee scheduling capabilities. As a focus in 2010, the company is working to increase productivity by analyzing sales trends and staffing for optimal service through HotSchedules sales forecasting and robust reporting.

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