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HBC Appoints Brooks to Vice Chair, Rodbell to President

TORONTO - Hudson's Bay Company has made some changes at the top of its executive structure.
     Owner of retailers Hudson's Bay, Home Outfitters and Lord & Taylor, the company has promoted Bonnie Brooks to vice chairman and Liz Rodbell to president.
     Brooks was previously president, while Rodbell formerly served as evp, chief merchant.
     Both report to Richard Baker, chairman and ceo.
     The transition is expected to be completed by the end of the company's current fiscal year, come January 2014.
     "This new structure will continue to drive our long term growth strategy, as we build upon the company's momentum toward revitalizing its banners and product offerings, and strengthening the customer experience," Baker said.
     In her new role, Brooks will act in an advisory capacity to Baker and the company's board of directors, HBC noted. She will continue to provide input into both the Hudson's Bay and Lord & Taylor businesses.
     Rodbell, who was appointed to her previous post in February 2012, was credited by HBC with leading the merchant integration of the Lord & Taylor and Hudson's Bay banners and successfully driving a repositioning of the buying group.
     She joined Lord & Taylor in 1985 and held management positions of increasing responsibility over her time there. Starting in 1992 and beyond, she served as svp, gmm over various merchandising assignments, and finally evp, merchandising - the latter from 2008 to February 2012.

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