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Hilco names Lynch svp, SD Retail Consulting

Chicago -- Strategic retail advisory firm SD Retail Consulting, a unit of Hilco Trading LLC, has appointed Dick Lynch to the post of senior vice president of merchandising and strategy.

In his new role, Lynch is responsible for helping retailers create shareholder value through process, organization and technology enhancements in the key merchandising and inventory management functions. He will assist management, owners and lenders in shareholder value creation assignments.

Lynch brings more than 30 years of career experience in retail. He has served as president and coo of The Sports Authority, interim ceo of Sur La Table, and ceo of Hechinger (post-bankruptcy). During his 10 years with The Sports Authority, Lynch played a significant role in growing the company from a two-store start-up to a publically owned, multi-billion dollar retailer listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

"Dick has an impressive track record of solving complex retail issues, having played a key role in successfully enhancing sales and margins, improving field and merchandising effectiveness and reducing the cost structure for numerous retail chains," said Antony Karabus, president. "Partnering with Farla Efros, evp/chief operating officer of merchandising and strategy, Dick will be invaluable as SD Retail continues to expand its merchandising and strategy practice, and deliver innovative client solutions to meet the challenges and opportunities created in the current retail environment."

Added Lynch: "Today's landscape poses many opportunities and challenges for retailers, and I look forward to working with the talented senior management team at SD Retail to identify and implement strategic growth opportunities to enhance the businesses of our clients."

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