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Sears Holdings taps Dell exec to lead supply chain unit

Hoffman Estates, Ill. - Sears Holdings announced today that William Hutchinson will join the company as senior vice president and president, supply chain.

Hutchinson most recently served as vice president of global fulfillment and logistics for Dell, in Round Rock, Texas. He succeeds Raj Penkar, who has led the company's supply chain business unit since 2011. Penkar will retire from Sears Holdings on May 31.

In his new role, Hutchinson will be accountable for all aspects of the company's supply chain, including distribution, transportation, customs compliance and global sourcing.

"Bill possesses the right combination of leadership, operational proficiency and technical acumen to lead our supply chain business unit," said Edward Lampert, Sears Holdings chairman and ceo. "His significant background working within retail environments will support a seamless transition and Bill's proven ability to achieve results is critical to improving our members' experience."