Whitsett to head Kmart merchandising

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. -- Kmart, now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation, has promoted Peter Whitsett to senior vice president and Kmart merchandising officer. &?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />&o:p>&/o:p>

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In his new position, Whitsett oversees all merchandise categories for Kmart stores and reports directly to Aylwin Lewis, president of Sears Holdings and CEO of Kmart and Sears Retail. Whitsett previously served as senior vice president and general merchandise manager, with responsibilities for Kmart's hardlines, food and consumables, drug store and pharmacy merchandise divisions.&o:p>&/o:p>

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Whitsett joined Kmart in 1999 as director, merchandise planning and replenishment, and has served in a variety of positions, including vice president and general merchandise manager and divisional vice president, merchandising planning.&o:p>&/o:p>

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