• METTLER ON STEIN MART BOARD: Robert Mettler, the retired chairman and chief executive officer of the Macy’s West division of Macy’s Inc., has joined the board of Jacksonville, Fla.-based Stein Mart Inc. His addition increases the size of the board to 12 from 11 and the number of independent directors to seven. Mettler, who became a director of Jones Apparel Group Inc. earlier this year, joined Macy’s West as president in 2000 following executive roles at Sears, where he headed merchandising; May Department Stores Co., where he was ceo of Robinson’s, and Allied Department Stores. Of the firm’s new director, Jay Stein, chairman of Stein Mart, said, “After serving in leadership positions with some of the country’s premier retailers, his guidance will be invaluable.”

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