NEW YORK — Nicholas J. LaHowchic was named president and chief executive officer of Limited Distribution Services (LDS), a division of The Limited Inc., succeeding Lee Johnson, who becomes president emeritus of LDS, the company said Thursday.
LDS designs and implements operations that provide the company with effective and efficient delivery operations.
LaHowchic was president of supply chain services at Becton Dickinson and Co., a global medical technology firm based in Franklin Lakes, N.J., where his responsibilities included all logistical support, order and product fulfillment and financial and distribution services for eight worldwide operations.
Prior to joining Becton, LaHowchic was director of customer service and logistics at Colgate-Palmolive. He also held various positions at Nabisco Brands, McGraw Hill and Thomas J. Lipton.
“Under Lee’s direction, Limited Distribution Services has created a sophisticated and efficient support system consistent with our corporate initiatives,” said Kenneth B. Gilman, vice chairman and chief administrative officer of The Limited Inc.
“Nick brings a broad array of additional expertise in supply chain management that will complement what is already in place and take LDS into the next century.”
As president emeritus of LDS, Johnson will continue to work on strategic issues within the company.
The announcements come at a time when the retail industry in general, and the Limited in particular, is placing greater emphasis on logistics.
“If they can become more efficient and produce better quality merchandise it makes a lot of sense,” said Jennifer Black Groves, a retail analyst with Black & Co. in Portland. “Fine-tuning your distribution is always a necessity in terms of bringing in your bottom line. It’s just another step the Limited has taken to make themselves more efficient.”

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