Whitehall Jewellers Hires COO
Chicago, Whitehall Jewellers hired former Sears executive Lucinda Baier as COO. Baier has been a senior VP and general manager at Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based Sears. She has more than 20 years of financial, accounting and management experience having served in senior positions at major retail corporations, including Sears and U.S. Office Products, the company said.
Ross Stores Appoints New VP
Pleasanton, Calif., Ross Stores has appointed Michael Kobayashi to the position of senior VP and CIO, effective Dec. 16. He will report directly to Jim Peters, the retailer’s president and COO. Prior to joining Ross, Kobayashi spent 18 years with Accenture, most recently as a partner with the Retail & Consumer Goods practice.
Casual Male Completes Sale of Levi’s Outlet Stores
Canton, Mass., Casual Male Retail Group has completed the previously announced acquisition of its 32 remaining Levi’s/Dockers Outlet stores to Hub Holding Corp., an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, for approximately $12.8 million in cash. The proceeds from the sale will be used to reduce Casual Male’s outstanding debt under its revolving line of credit.