Sears Holdings Names Ryan Vero To Lead Grocery, Drug And Pharmacy Business Unit

Executive with extensive retail, eCommerce, and B2B experience

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD) announced today that Ryan Vero will join the company as senior vice president and president, Grocery, Drug and Pharmacy. Mr. Vero most recently served as the executive vice president and chief merchandising/marketing officer for OfficeMax, Inc. In his new role with Sears Holdings, Mr. Vero will be responsible for the oversight, leadership and growth, both in-store and online, for the company's Grocery, Drug and Pharmacy businesses.

"Ryan's breadth and depth of experience in both stores and online make him a terrific fit to lead these very important businesses at our company," said Ron Boire, Sears Holdings' executive vice president, chief merchandising officer and president, Sears and Kmart formats. "Ryan is a proven executive who focuses on customers and innovation, two key qualities that support our drive to be the leader in integrated retail."

Mr. Vero added, "I am excited about the opportunity to join Sears Holdings and provide our customers and Members greater value in all areas of health and wellness while serving them at over 920 pharmacy locations nationwide."

Mr. Vero has over 17 years of experience with OfficeMax. In his most recent position he was responsible for merchandising, marketing, new channels, and eCommerce business, in addition to global sourcing, private brands, product development and pricing.

Mr. Vero received a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from St. Bonaventure University in Olean, N.Y.

About Sears Holdings Corporation

Sears Holdings Corporation is a leading integrated retailer with over 2,600 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada and the home of ShopYourWay, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through  Sears Holdings is the leading home appliance retailer as well as a leader in tools, lawn and garden, fitness equipment and automotive repair and maintenance.  Key proprietary brands include Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard, with a broad apparel offering, including such well-known labels as Lands' End, the Kardashian Kollection, Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer, as well as Sofia by Sofia Vergara and The Country Living Home Collection.  We are the nation's largest provider of home services, with more than 15 million service and installation calls made annually and have a long-established commitment to those who serve in the military through initiatives like the Heroes at Home program. We have been named the 2011 Mobile Retailer of the Year, Recipient of the 2012 ENERGY STAR® "Corporate Commitment Award" for Product Retailing and Energy Management and one of the Top 20 Best Places to Work for Recent Grads.  Sears Holdings Corporation operates through its subsidiaries, including Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation.  For more information, visit Sears Holdings' website at Twitter: @searsholdings||Facebook:

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