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Merchant Pellenberg Joins Linen Source

Charles Pellenberg has joined retailer Linen Source as senior vp, gmm, a new post. He reports to Steve Cobden and Frank Hill, co-presidents of the Thompson Group, owner of Linen Source.

Pellenberg is responsible for merchandising, product development, and all of the creative initiatives for the direct catalog/internet Linen Source brand, a division of Thompson Group. Previously, the company had a single gmm overseeing all its direct marketing brands: Linen Source, Casual Living, Thompson Cigar, and Café Belmondo.

All linen source buyers, merchandise managers and creative staff now report to Pellenberg.

Pellenberg, a longtime home furnishings retailing executive, held buying positions at the former Gimbels in New York, he launched the Domestications catalog and later joined Brylane Home — now corporately named Redcats USA. He returned to Hanover Direct as president of Domestications in 2004.

In another new appointment, Sharon Pennington has joined the company as director of e-commerce marketing for all brands. She formerly was with Home Shopping Network, and earlier, Shop At Home.