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Politzer's prize merchant: exec veep at Filene's B'mnt

Jerald Politzer has been appointed to the newly created post of executive vp of merchandising at Filene's Basement, a division of Value City Department Stores.

He will report to Heywood Wilansky, president and ceo.

He joins Filene's from Secure Connections, where he was ceo. From 1997 to 1999, Politzer served as chairman and ceo of Salant Corp., a men's apparel company, and from 1989 to 1996, he was executive vp of Melville Corp., where his responsibilities included overseeing six store divisions.

Prior to 1989, he was president and ceo of J. Fox Stores.

"We are extremely pleased that Jerry has joined the Filene's Basement team," said Wilansky. "He is a proven senior executive with a history of generating top- and bottom-line growth in department stores, specialty stores and the wholesale apparel business. His contacts throughout the retail community will provide a significant contribution to our merchandising initiatives."

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