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Meads named president, CEO of Lands' End

Michele SanFilippo -- Home Textiles Today, January 19, 2004

Sears has promoted Lands' End executive vice president of merchandising and design Mindy Meads to president and CEO of Lands' End, effective Feb. 1. She replaces Dave Dyer, who left the company last year.

Meads, an 11-year veteran of Lands' End, will continue to serve as executive vice president of Sears, reporting to Alan Lacy, chairman and CEO.

She was named Sears executive vice president and general manager of apparel in April 2003, while continuing her merchandising responsibilities at Lands' End. Meads began at Lands' End in 1991 as vice president, general merchandise manager, and was promoted with increasing responsibilities to senior vice president and executive vice president of merchandising and design.

"Mindy is an outstanding retailing executive who has built a solid platform from which we can take Sears and Lands' End apparel merchandising to new levels," said Lacy. "Her proven leadership and vision will guide Lands' End to continued success, leveraging the strengths of both direct and retail distribution."

Replacing Meads as executive vice president and general manager of apparel for Sears is Gwen Manto, formerly vice chairman and chief merchandising officer at Stein Mart. She will report to Mark Cosby, Sears executive vice president and president of full-line stores. Manto previously served as

In her new role, Manto is responsible for all apparel merchandising and design functions for Sears apparel, footwear and accessories for women, men and children.

Before Stein Mart, she served as president of Kids Foot Locker and held senior leadership positions at Kids R Us, Babies "R" Us, and Federated Department Stores' Macy's, Rich's, Lazarus and Goldsmith's divisions.

"Gwen brings a depth of leadership experience in department store and specialty retailing to her new position at Sears," said Cosby. "Her track record for driving business results, paired with her sense of fashion and strong customer focus, will serve us well as she leads the Sears apparel organization. She will be instrumental in continuing the forward progress already underway in Sears apparel to grow the business and position Sears as a destination of choice for apparel customers."

Reporting directly to Meads at Lands' End are: Lisa Fitzgerald, senior vice president of merchandising-international, kids and home; Dennis Honan, chief operating officer; Bill Bass, senior vice president of e-commerce for Lands' End and vice president, general manager of Sears Customer Direct; Sid Mashburn, senior vice president of design; David McCreight, senior vice president of core merchandising-women's, men's, specialty apparel and footwear; Kelly Ritchie, senior vice president of employee services; and a creative and marketing executive.

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