NEW YORK — Kmart Corp. has promoted two key apparel executives and expanded the duties of a third, reflecting the improved performance of its fashion assortments, especially proprietary brands such as Route 66 and Sesame Street.
Lucinda (Cindy) Sapienza was named vice president and general merchandise manager of women’s apparel, lingerie, and fashion accessories, and Lorna E. Nagler was appointed vice president and gmm of men’s wear and Kidsworld.
Both positions are new.
Sapienza and Nagler will continue to report to E. Jackson (Jack) Smailes, senior vice president and gmm of apparel, who is taking on additional responsibility for Kmart’s global sourcing and quality assurance programs.
In her new post, Nagler, 42, assumes additional responsibility for men’s apparel. She had been Kmart’s divisional vice president of Kidsworld, and brand director of Sesame Street since joining the company in 1996. Previously, she was a merchandise manager and buyer at several chains, including Lane Bryant, Montgomery Ward, and Kids ‘R’ Us.
Sapienza, 46, joined Kmart in 1997 as divisional vice president of women’s apparel, following 19 years at J.C. Penney in various merchandising posts. Prior to that, she was a branch manager for Lord & Taylor in New York.
“Cindy Sapienza and Lorna Nagler have done a spectacular job creating solid, stable apparel businesses, and carving out a niche we didn’t have before,” said Robert Burton, divisional vice president of investor relations, referring to Kmart’s newest proprietary brands, such as Sesame Street and Route 66 apparel, and Martha Stewart home goods.