Kmart, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), today announced the promotion of Peter Whitsett, 39, to senior vice president and Kmart merchandising officer, effective immediately. In his new position, Whitsett oversees all merchandise categories for Kmart stores and reports directly to Aylwin Lewis, president of Sears Holdings and chief executive officer of Kmart and Sears Retail. Whitsett previously served as SVP/GMM, with responsibilities for Kmart's hardlines, food & consumables, drug store and pharmacy merchandise divisions.
"Peter has a proven track record in several major product categories. In his new role he will take that experience and accelerate improvements already made to the depth and quality of Kmart's assortment," Lewis said. "Peter has built a strong team since joining the business and developed trusted relationships with our vendors. We are confident that he will be instrumental in helping to chart the course for Kmart's merchandising success."
Whitsett joined Kmart in 1999 as Director, Merchandise Planning & Replenishment and has served in a variety of positions, including Vice President/General Merchandise Manager and Divisional Vice President Merchandising Planning.
Kmart, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a mass merchandising company that offers customers quality products through a portfolio of exclusive brands that include Thalia Sodi, Jaclyn Smith, Joe Boxer, Martha Stewart Everyday and Route 66. For more information visit the company's website at http://www.kmart.com/ or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at http://www.searsholdings.com/ .
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 3,800 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/ .
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