Lawrence Benjamin has been named to Liz Claiborne Inc.’s board of directors, bringing the total number of directors to 10. His initial term is effective immediately and will expire at the company’s 2011 annual meeting in May, at which time he’ll be up for reelection.

Most recently, Benjamin served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Ahold USA, a subsidiary of Koninklijke Ahold NV, an international food retailing group based in the Netherlands. He was Ahold’s highest-ranking executive in the U.S., responsible for the Stop & Shop/Giant-Landover and Giant-Carlisle superstores and supermarkets, as well as all operations in the country. Benjamin will retire from Ahold next month. Earlier, Benjamin worked with several private equity firms and has held operating positions including chief executive officer of NutraSweet Co.

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