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Lands' End adds coo, but to lose three execs

DODGEVILLE, WI -Lands' End Inc. announced an executive appointment last week, as well as the resignations and retirement of three others.

Jeffrey Jones had been named coo, a new position, reporting to Dave Dyer, president and ceo. Jones spent the previous seven years with ShopKo Stores and its subsidiary, Provantage Health Service. He served as ShopKo's senior vp and cfo until 1997, when he was named coo and later ceo of Provantage.

"I'm excited to have found Jeff as an operating partner," said Dyer. "His experience and capabilities bring great strength to our organization, especially in areas that are important to Lands' End: strategic planning, finance and information systems."

In addition, Chip Orum, executive vp and cfo, has announced his plans to retire in early spring 2001.

"Chip has been a strong contributor to our growth and success for almost 10 years, and we wish him the best," Dyer said. "With Jeff on board, effective immediately, and Chip with us for the next few months, we have sufficient time for a smooth transition."

Two of the company's board members, David Heller and Howard Krane, announced their plans to resign as board members in late January, at the end of the fiscal year. Both have served as directors since 1986, when the company went public. Each is resigning to make time for other interests, the company said. The board plans to fill these vacancies.

"We will miss David and Howard and in particular miss their wisdom and counsel on corporate governance matters," said Gary Comer, founder of the company and board chairman.

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