Kmart Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: KMRT) today announced the opening of the Kmart Design Group Office in New York. The office, located at 111 8th Avenue, is the first product design presence Kmart has held in New York and is home to Lisa Schultz, Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, and her team of designers.
In the fall of 2004, Kmart will unveil its first collection that has been entirely refocused and redesigned in-house by the Kmart Design Group. With a focus on quality and style, the design team will redefine Kmart's exclusive brands and offer customers an even wider range of products, all at a great value.
Lisa Schultz joined Kmart in September of 2003 as Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, a newly created position, and is responsible for the creative vision of Kmart. Prior to her position at Kmart, Schultz was Executive Vice President of Product Development and Design at Gap, Inc. for 14 years and has held executive positions at Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein.
Schultz's design team, led by Divisional Vice Presidents June Beckstead, Orlando Carreras, Matthew Morris, and Kim Omae, officially opened the office March 18.
Prior to joining Kmart, June Beckstead, Divisional Vice President, Women's, Girls, Infant, and Toddler was Vice President of Product Design at Gap Inc.
Orlando Carreras, Divisional Vice President, Men's and Boys, is the former head of men's design at Pacific Sunwear.
Matthew Morris, Divisional Vice President, Home, is a former consultant to designer Donna Karan and is the founder of Blue Ribbon Dog Company.
Kim Omae, who has been with Kmart for nearly five years, has been promoted to Divisional Vice President, Intimate Apparel, Sleepwear, and Accessories. Omae served most recently as a Design Director.
Designer candidates interested in joining the Kmart team may send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please reference source code NYDESIGN.
About Kmart Holding Corporation
Kmart Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: KMRT) and its subsidiaries (together, "Kmart") is a mass merchandising company that offers customers quality products through a portfolio of exclusive brands that include Thalia Sodi, Jaclyn Smith, Joe Boxer, Kathy Ireland, Martha Stewart Everyday, Route 66 and Sesame Street. Kmart operates more than 1,500 stores in 49 states and is one of the largest employers in the country with approximately 158,000 associates. For more information visit the Company's website at www.kmart.com .
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