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• Hy-Vee announced that Gary Goodhall has been promoted to vice president, business development at Hy-Vee, Inc. He had been assistant vice president, business development.
• Sears Holdings Inc. has hired Ron Boire, the CEO of Brookstone and former high-ranking merchandising executive with both Best Buy and Toys R Us, to be its new chief merchandising officer and president of the Sears and Kmart store formats. He also will be responsible for integrating Sears's stores, website and mobile-phone applications.

Coverage of the hiring noted that the move represents a shift for Sears Holdings, which the Wall Street Journal noted has long been criticized “for giving short shrift to the shopping experience,” with CEO Lou D'Ambrosio “a former technology executive who had no prior retail experience.”

The move also comes as Sears Holdings said it would close up to 120 Sears and Kmart stores following disappointing holiday sales.
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