Kmart Names New Senior Vice President For Kmart Stores And Executive Vice President, Restructuring And Business Improvement

Oct 04, 2005, 01:00 ET from Sears Holdings Corporation

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Kmart Holding Corporation, a
 wholly-owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (Nasdaq:   SHLD), today
 announced Donald J. Germano, as senior vice president and general manager for
 Kmart's more than 1,400 stores and Dene L. Rogers as executive vice president,
 restructuring and business improvement.
     In his new position, Germano is responsible for the financial performance,
 operations and management of all of Kmart's stores and reports directly to
 Aylwin B. Lewis, chief executive officer and president of Sears Holdings.
 Germano previously served as vice president of inventory management and
 replenishment.  Rogers will report to and work closely with William C.
 Crowley, executive vice president, and chief financial and administrative
 officer.  Rogers previously served as executive vice president of Kmart
     "Don's leadership roles within our supply chain organization over the last
 four years position him well for his new expanded, operations
 responsibilities," Lewis said.  "I'm confident his exceptional coaching
 skills, leadership ability, drive for results and customer advocacy will help
 deliver a dynamic, relevant customer shopping experience for our Kmart
     Lewis added, "Dene has made substantial progress in improving the
 performance and the efficiency of the stores.  We have asked him to apply his
 considerable change management skills more broadly across Sears Holdings.  We
 believe these changes will allow the company to benefit from these two skilled
     Germano joined Kmart in 2001 as divisional vice president, supply chain,
 and has held increasingly responsible positions within Kmart's supply chain
 organization. Earlier in his career, he held senior management and logistics
 positions with, Nabisco, North American Van Lines and United Parcel
 Service.  Germano holds a B.S. degree from the United States Naval Academy.
     Rogers joined Kmart in 2003 and served in a variety of roles before
 assuming the position of senior vice president, stores in 2004. Before joining
 Kmart, Rogers was senior vice president, planning, development and new
 products for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.  He also served as
 senior vice president, business development at General Electric Capital.
     About Kmart
     Kmart Holding Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings
 Corporation (Nasdaq:   SHLD), is a mass merchandising company that offers
 customers quality products through a portfolio of exclusive brands that
 include Thalia Sodi, Jaclyn Smith, Joe Boxer, Martha Stewart Everyday and
 Route 66. For more information visit the company's website at or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at .
     About Sears Holdings Corporation
     Sears Holdings Corporation is the nation's third largest broadline
 retailer, with approximately $55 billion in annual revenues, and with
 approximately 3,900 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States
 and Canada.  Sears Holdings is the leading home appliance retailer as well as
 a leader in tools, lawn and garden, home electronics and automotive repair and
 maintenance.  Key proprietary brands include Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard,
 and a broad apparel offering, including such well-known labels as Lands' End,
 Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer, as well as the Apostrophe and Covington brands.
 It also has Martha Stewart Everyday products, which are offered exclusively in
 the U.S. by Kmart and in Canada by Sears Canada. The company is the nation's
 largest provider of home services, with more than 14 million service calls
 made annually.  For more information, visit Sears Holdings' website at .

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