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    'Exceeding Customer Expectations' Is Top Goal of Kmart's New Merchandising Execs

    TROY, Mich. - Kmart Corp. promoted Robert Atteberry and Joyce Dillon to v.p. and general merchandise manager, while Peter Whitsett, divisional v.p. and merchandising/food and consumables, assumes additional responsibility for drugstore operations. The three individuals will report to Bill Underwood, Kmart's e.v.p. of sourcing and global operations.

    TROY, Mich. - Kmart Corp. promoted Robert Atteberry and Joyce Dillon to v.p. and general merchandise manager, while Peter Whitsett, divisional v.p. and merchandising/food and consumables, assumes additional responsibility for drugstore operations. The three individuals will report to Bill Underwood, Kmart's e.v.p. of sourcing and global operations.

    Julian Day, the beleaguered chain's top official, said with its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing behind it "establishing the management team that will lead the company into the future remains a top priority for me. Over the last several months, I have spent a great deal of time determining the leadership needs of the new company and assessing the talent within the organization. Rob, Joyce and Peter bring an innovative discipline to the merchandising side of our business. I am pleased to have them be part of the team of decision-makers that will help reshape and differentiate Kmart."

    Said Bill Underwood: "Rob, Joyce and Peter have exhibited the skills and dedication necessary to improving Kmart's merchandising efforts. We appreciate their contribution and look forward to having them utilize their leadership skills and experience to focus their teams on driving profitable sales growth and exceeding the expectations of our customers."

    Atteberry previously served as divisional v.p., merchandising, hard and soft home. His new responsibilities include managing all merchandising functions for hard and soft home, do-it-yourself, horticulture, and outdoor living. He joined Kmart in 1996 as a planner.

    Dillon, who served previously as divisional v.p., merchandising, toys, sporting goods and electronics, has held various positions of increasing responsibility at Kmart's corporate headquarters. Her new responsibilities include the oversight of all merchandising functions for electronics, toys, sporting goods, seasonal, celebration, and car care. She joined the company in 1984.

    Whitsett, named divisional v.p., merchandising, food and consumables earlier this year, adds managing the drug store business to his list of responsibilities. Joining Kmart in 1999 as a director, planning and replenishment, drug store business, Whitsett has had positions of increasing responsibility since that time.

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