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Kmart Promotes Merchandising Execs

23 May, 2003 By: Hive News

Kmart Management Corp. has hired or promoted executives to lead merchandising efforts aimed at improving merchandising and the shopping experience.

Robert Atteberry and Joyce Dillon have been promoted to VP and general merchandise manager of two divisions and Peter Whitsett, divisional VP, merchandising food and consumables, assumes responsibility for drugstore.

“With Chapter 11 behind us, establishing the management team that will lead the company into the future remains a top priority for me,” said Kmart president and CEO Julian Day . “Over the last several months, I have spent a great deal of time determining the leadership needs of the new company and assessing the talent within the organization. Rob, Joyce and Peter bring an innovative discipline to the merchandising side of our business. I am pleased to have them be part of the team of decisionmakers that will help reshape and differentiate Kmart."

Dillon moves up from serving as divisional VP merchandising–toys, sporting goods and electronics. She has held various positions of increasing responsibility at Kmart's corporate headquarters. Her new responsibilities include the oversight of all merchandising functions for electronics, toys, sporting goods, seasonal, celebration and car care. She joined Kmart in 1984 as an assistant store manager in Philadelphia, Penn., and holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Penn.

Atteberry previously served as divisional VP, merchandising – hard and soft home. His new responsibilities include managing all merchandising functions for hard and soft home, do-it-yourself (DIY), horticulture and outdoor living. He joined Kmart in 1996 as a planner and holds a bachelor of science degree in marketing and human resources from Miami University in Ohio.

Named divisional VP, merchandising – food and consumables earlier this year, Whitsett adds managing the drug store business to his list of responsibilities. He joined Kmart in 1999 as a director, planning and replenishment, drug store business planning and has moved up since. He has a bachelor of science degree in marketing from California State University Northridge.

All three will report to Bill Underwood, Kmart EVP, sourcing & global operations.

"Rob, Joyce and Peter have exhibited the skills and dedication necessary to improving Kmart's merchandising efforts,” Underwood said. “We appreciate their contribution and look forward to having them utilize their leadership skills and experience to focus their teams on driving profitable sales growth and exceeding the expectations of our customers."

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