Hbc Names Canadian Retail Veteran Mark Foote President & CEO of Zellers



    TORONTO, July 30 /CNW/ - Jeffrey Sherman, Chief Executive Officer of
Hudson's Bay Company (Hbc), today announced the appointment of Canadian retail
veteran Mark Foote as President and Chief Executive Officer of Zellers. In
this role, Foote will bring his successful track record of building retail
brands to every aspect of Zellers.
    Foote, who will start in mid-August, was most recently President and
Chief Merchandising Officer at Loblaw Companies. He oversaw procurement and
merchandising functions for all lines of business, marketing, supply chain and
information technology.
    Foote is best known for his extensive career with Canadian Tire
Corporation where he worked for more than 20 years, including five years as
President, Canadian Tire Retail. During that time, he helped to build the
Company's brand recognition including the development and implementation of
new store formats across Canada. Additionally, he led a major restructuring of
the Company's supply chain capabilities which improved merchandise in-stock
and service levels across the chain. Mark's leadership contributed to a
significant improvement in same store sales and retail profitability.
    "Mark's DNA is coded with tremendous Canadian retail experience," said
Jeffrey Sherman, CEO, Hbc. "He is a seasoned merchant who has helped to grow
some of Canada's most beloved retail formats. Mark has first-hand experience
working in almost every role within a large-scale retail organization. That
depth of knowledge will be an asset to Hbc as we move forward with our plan to
drive top line growth at Zellers and re-energize the brand."
    "I am thrilled to be joining Jeff, the leadership team and Zellers on
this tremendous opportunity to reposition Zellers in the Canadian marketplace.
Our focus will be on branded apparel, improved service along with the roll out
of our new prototype stores," stated Foote.

    About Hudson's Bay Company:

    Hbc is Canada's largest diversified general merchandise retailer,
operating The Bay - a major department store, Zellers - a mass merchandise
format, Home Outfitters - a kitchen, bed and bath specialty store, and
value-priced Fields stores. With more than 580 retail outlets and nearly
60,000 associates in Canada, Hbc provides Canadians with stylish, quality
merchandise at great value, through retail banners focused on exceptional
customer service.





For further information:

For further information: Hillary Marshall, Hbc, O: (416) 861-6315, C:
(416) 705-7302, Hillary.marshall@hbc.com


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