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William Hutchinson to Head Sears’ Supply Chain

Dell, Best Buy veteran to succeed Raj Penkar, who will retire in May.

William Hutchinson, vice president of global fulfillment and logistics for Dell Inc., has been appointed senior vice president of Sears Holdings Corp. and president of supply chain for the Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based operator of Sears and Kmart.

He succeeds Raj Penkar, who has led supply chain operations since 2011 and will retire on May 31.

Hutchinson spent seven years with Dell following a two-year stint with Best Buy Co. Inc., as vice president of logistics and supply chain, and three years as vice president of transportation for Rite Aid Corp. Earlier in his career, he worked on supply chain issues with Accenture, Commerx and Andersen Consulting.

“Bill possesses the right combination of leadership, operational proficiency and technical acumen to lead our supply chain business unit,” said Edward Lampert, chairman and chief executive officer of Sears Holdings. “His significant background working within retail environments will support a seamless transition, and Bill’s proven ability to achieve results is critical to improving our members’ experience.”

Sears operates 2,400 full-line and specialty stores in North America and its Shop Your Way social shopping platform through the shopyourway.com Web site and mobile apps.