Retail briefs

Hanover Direct shifts responsibilities

Hanover Direct will not fill the positions of chief merchandising officer for The Company Store division and president of Domestications, both of which had been held by Farley Nachemin. Nachemin recently joined Bed Bath & Beyond.

Instead, The Company Store Group president John DiFrancesco will absorb Nachemin's responsibilities, and Nachemin's two direct reports — Jim Whitehead, vp, merchandising, Domestications, and Lisa Simms, vp, merchandising, The Company Store — will now report to DiFrancesco.

Sears appoints trio to oversee Lands' End

Mindy Meads, Lee Eisenberg and Dennis Honan will oversee Lands' End following the resignation of David Dyer as president and ceo on Aug. 4. Dyer, who also served as executive vp and general manager of Sears Direct as well as The Great Indoors division, has since become president and ceo of Tommy Hilfiger.

Meads, Lands' End evp, merchandising and design, also became executive vp, soft lines for the full-line Sears stores in April. Eisenberg is Lands' End creative and administrative executive vp, and Honan is the division's coo.

Fred's realigns responsibilities

Fred's has promoted Charlie Brunjes to executive vp/gmm, overseeing all merchandising for the 486-store general merchandise chain. Keith Curtis has been named executive vp of store operations. Charlie Michael was named senior vp/dmm hardlines. He was most recently senior buyer for home furnishings, one of the company's fastest growing departments.

Home Depot promotes merchants

The Home Depot has promoted Bill Lennie to senior vp, decor, and Craig Menear to senior vp, hard lines. It also added merchandising to the current marketing duties of John Costello, who is now evp, merchandising and marketing. The moves came following the announcement that Jerry Edwards, evp, merchandising, will retire after 12 years at the company.

Lillian Vernon names new chief merchant

Alyce Goodman has been named evp and chief merchandising officer at Lillian Vernon Corp., where she will be responsible for all merchandising, product development, sourcing and creative services. She replaces Lina LoRusso, who left the company in May.

Reporting to Strauss Zelnick, ceo, Goodman joins the company from Ballard Designs, where she was evp of merchandising. She has also served as svp of merchandising at Hanover Direct, president of Clifford and Wills, a division of J. Crew, and vp of merchandising for Ann Taylor.

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