Calvin McDonald appointed President and CEO
TORONTO, June 23, 2011 /CNW/ - Sears Canada Inc. (TSX: SCC) announced
today the appointment of Calvin McDonald as its President and Chief
Executive Officer, effective immediately. Mr. McDonald most recently
served as Executive Vice President, Conventional Division of Loblaw
Companies Limited, with responsibility for over $10 billion revenue,
over 400 stores and over 50,000 associates. Mr. McDonald will succeed
Dene Rogers, who has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of
Sears Canada since 2006.
Mr. McDonald began working in retail more than 18 years ago. He
graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of
Science degree in 1994. Mr. McDonald also earned an MBA at the
University of Toronto in 2000. Mr. McDonald has progressed through a
variety of positions with increasing responsibility at Loblaw
Companies: Vice President On-line Services, Vice President
Merchandising & Marketing—No Frills Division, Senior Vice President,
Grocery Business Unit, and Executive Vice President, Marketing,
CRM—Brands & Corporate Strategy. Mr. McDonald is married with four
children and lives in Toronto.
"The Board of Directors of Sears Canada is pleased to have attracted Mr.
McDonald to lead Sears Canada and assume a position on the Board," said
William C. Crowley, Chairman of the Board, Sears Canada Inc. "Calvin
brings extensive retail experience, knowledge of on-line and
customer-relationship technologies, an energetic and engaging
leadership style, and an appreciation for the opportunity that Sears
Canada represents. Calvin joins an experienced executive team - with
success and expertise in department store and specialty retail, both in
operations and merchandising."
"I am excited to join Sears Canada," said Mr. McDonald. "The executive
team shares the Board's and my belief that Sears Canada has the
potential to significantly increase its sales and profitability by
better serving customers, by improving our brand offerings, by
executing at a higher level in all channels, and by capitalizing on the
affinity and affection that we Canadians have for this iconic retail
brand. I particularly look forward to working with our vendors to
achieve profitable and sustainable growth together."
"The Board would like to express its gratitude to Dene Rogers, who has
served diligently as our President and Chief Executive Officer since
2006," added Mr. Crowley. "Dene presided over many initiatives aimed
at improving the lives of Canadians such as the launch of the updated
Attitude women's apparel brand and the significant sales growth of the
younger-minded customer, an expanded gift registry service, growth in
e-commerce and the introduction of several sustainability programs
including those that led to Sears Canada being named as ENERGY STAR® Retailer of the Year for the past four consecutive years.
"Two years ago," continued Mr. Crowley, "Dene told me he was considering
returning to the U.S. with his family, but wanted to stay while the
Company weathered the economic recession and hired a management team
that could take the business forward. We thank Dene for his loyalty,
incredible hard work, and the beneficial changes he brought to Sears
"I want to thank the associates of Sears Canada for their support over
the past several years," said Dene Rogers. "I have enjoyed my time
here and feel that we have accomplished a great deal together. I look
forward to hearing of great progress at Sears Canada."
Sears Canada is a multi-channel retailer with a network that includes
196 corporate stores, 272 hometown dealer stores, 33 home improvement
showrooms, 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.
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