BOSTON — Former Bon Ton chief executive Heywood Wilansky has taken the top job at Filene’s Basement, planning to rejuvenate the 22-store off-price chain and possibly spin it off as publicly traded company within three to five years.

Wilansky replaces ceo Alan R. Schlesinger, who resigned Jan. 8 after a two-year stint amid reports his brand vision wasn’t aggressive enough for parent company Value City Department Stores. Wilansky reports to John Rossler, Value City president and ceo.

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