Byline: Valerie Seckler

NEW YORK — The TJX Cos. has appointed Miriam Lahage vice president of Internet research and strategy. The post is a new one and signals an effort by the country’s leading off-pricer to pump up its online initiative, which has yet to embrace e-commerce.
And TJX may not conduct e-commerce anytime soon, a spokeswoman for the Framingham, Mass., firm said Monday.
“Not necessarily,” the spokeswoman responded, when asked if the Lahage appointment means TJX is planning to start selling off-price fashion online.
“We’ve created the post to explore the vast array of opportunities on the Internet,” she added. “They could include an investment strategy, an acquisition, a business-to-business arrangement, perhaps a startup and probably, more than anything else, an extranet for our own workplace and vendors.”
In her new position, which she will assume on May 30, Lahage, 41, will report to Donald Campbell, executive vice president of finance and chief financial officer at TJX.
Lahage, a 16-year veteran of the company, most recently was vice president, and general merchandise manager for The Marmaxx Group, which comprises T.J. Maxx and Marshalls. She also has managed numerous merchandise classifications and has worked at the store level.
Commenting on the Lahage appointment, Edmund English, president and chief executive officer of TJX, said in a statement, “Miriam has a wide range of experience on both the operational and merchandising sides of the business, and a keen understanding of the off-price industry. This knowledge base uniquely qualifies her to evaluate the best potential fit of the Internet and its place within TJX.”