MAYOR’S NEW BOARD: Massimo Ferragamo and Ann Spector Lieff have joined the board at Mayor’s Jewelers Inc., bringing the number of members to nine. Ferragamo is chairman of Ferragamo USA Inc., a subsidiary of Italian fashion house Salvatore Ferragamo, while Lieff is founder and president of The Lieff Co., a consulting firm specializing in leadership development. Controlling interest in the troubled jewelry firm was purchased this year by Canadian chain Henry Birks Inc., which is working to return Mayor’s to profitability and boost sales.

DOLLAR DON: Dollar General Corp. has named Donald S. Shaffer acting chief executive while continuing as president and chief operating officer. But the company also said Shaffer is a candidate in the ceo search, being conducted by Korn/Ferry International. No timetable has been set. Cal Turner, who was ceo and continues as chairman, said, "The appointment allows the company to adhere to the provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 that require certification of certain SEC filings by the principal executive officer of a company. Under the existing Dollar General structure, the financial reporting and control functions have reported to Don, so it is appropriate that he certify under Sarbanes." Shaffer, who joined Dollar General in 2001 as president and chief operating officer, is a 30-year veteran of Sears, Roebuck and former ceo of Sears Canada.

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