By  on December 26, 2006

Dene Rogers has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Sears Canada.

Rogers had been acting president of the company since May, when former president and ceo Brent Hollister stepped down. The appointment was effective on Thursday.

Prior to joining Sears Canada, Rogers worked at Sears Holding Corp. as executive vice president of restructuring and business improvement. Before that, he was executive vice president and general manager of Kmart Stores, where he had worked since 2003. Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart merged to form Sears Holdings in 2005.

"I am proud of the progress Sears Canada's 37,000 associates have made this year," Rogers said in a statement. "I look forward to working with our team as we tackle the significant challenges ahead of us.

Separately, Crowley was named chairman of Sears Canada's board on Dec. 21. He has been a board member since March 2005, and also is on Sears Holdings' board. The chairman's position at Sears Canada has been open since the July departure of Alan Lacy, who was also vice chairman at Sears Holdings.

Sears Holdings owns 54 percent of Sears Canada. An attempt by Sears Holdings earlier this year to take the Canadian company private was abandoned in November after prolonged legal proceedings followed by a minority shareholder rejection of the takeover. The deal was valued at $880 million.

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