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Big Lots' Chief Merchant Plans Retirement

Big Lots's evp, chief merchandising officer, John Martin, has informed the company of his intention to retire. He will continue in his current capacity until his successor is appointed, and he has committed to provide guidance to the company through May 2014.
     Big Lots has retained Spencer Stuart to conduct a search of external candidates to succeed Martin.
      "On behalf of the board of directors and our nearly 40,000 associates across the country, I would like to thank John for his dedication and unwavering support of Big Lots over the last 10 years," said Philip Mallott, chairman of the board."
     David Campisi, Big Lots' recently appointed ceo and president, said he and Martin are currently working together toward a new marketing direction while looking for new merchandising leader.

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