Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) today announced the promotion of Julie Younglove- Webb, 35, to senior vice president and general manager, Sears Essentials and Sears Grand, effective immediately. In her new role, Younglove-Webb oversees all new store development, store operations and merchandising for the two off- mall formats and reports directly to Aylwin B. Lewis, president of Sears Holdings and CEO of Kmart and Sears Retail, who will become Chief Executive Officer and President of Sears Holdings on September 30. Younglove-Webb previously served as VP of space planning for Kmart stores, where she directed store refurbishment, while also supporting the Sears Essentials rollout.
"We want to have a customer-focused and performance-driven company. Julie exemplifies the type of leadership that will help us accomplish this goal," Lewis said. She brings an outstanding track record of results to this job. In her new position she will lead our efforts to refine and expand Sears Essentials, as well as direct the continued refinement of the Sears Grand concept."
Younglove-Webb joined Kmart from IBM in 1999 as a team manager. She has held positions of increasing responsibility, including divisional vice president of information technology. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and holds a MS in management and organization from Pennsylvania State University and a MBA from Wayne State University.
About Sears Holdings Corporation
Sears Holdings Corporation is the nation's third largest broadline retailer, with approximately $55 billion in annual revenues, and with approximately 3,900 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. Sears Holdings is the leading home appliance retailer as well as a leader in tools, lawn and garden, home electronics and automotive repair and maintenance. Key proprietary brands include Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard, and a broad apparel offering, including such well-known labels as Lands' End, Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer, as well as the Apostrophe and Covington brands. It also has Martha Stewart Everyday products, which are offered exclusively in the U.S. by Kmart and in Canada by Sears Canada. The company is the nation's largest provider of home services, with more than 14 million service calls made annually. For more information, visit Sears Holdings' website at http://www.searsholdings.com/ .Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050324/CGTH017LOGO
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