Sears Canada Appoints Chief Administrative Officer

TORONTO, May 16 /CNW/ - Sears Canada Inc. (TSX: SCC) announced today that Thomas J. Fitzgerald has been appointed Executive Vice-President and Chief Administrative Officer effective today. In his new role, Mr. Fitzgerald will oversee the finance, merchandise procurement, supply chain, store operations and information technology functions.

"We are fortunate that Tom will join Sears Canada in a leadership position," said Dene Rogers, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sears Canada. "Tom's extensive retail experience and successful leadership roles will have wide-ranging benefits to the organization. I look forward to working closely with Tom as we continue our journey to becoming Canada's No. 1 retailer."

Mr. Fitzgerald was most recently with Liz Claiborne Inc. as chief executive officer of the Lucky Brand Jeans division, and also held senior positions in other divisions at Claiborne. Prior to that, he was Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Burlington Coat Factory and Chief Operating Officer at Bath & Body Works, a division of Limited Brands, following a period there as CFO. Before this, Mr. Fitzgerald held various management roles at Pepsico Inc., including two years stationed in Toronto. Mr. Fitzgerald looks forward to returning to Toronto.

Sears Canada is a multi-channel retailer with a network that includes 196 corporate stores, 268 hometown dealer stores, 33 home improvement showrooms, over 1,800 catalogue merchandise pick-up locations, 108 Sears Travel offices and a nationwide home maintenance, repair, and installation network. The Company also publishes Canada's most extensive general merchandise catalogue and offers shopping online at www.sears.ca.

SOURCE Sears Canada Inc.

For further information: Contact for Media: Eliana Cugini, Sears Canada, Corporate Communications, 416-941-4426, ecugini@sears.ca


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