NEW YORK — Brian Bender has joined ShopKo Stores as senior vice president and chief financial officer. He succeeds Paul Freischlag, who left the company in June.
Bender most recently was senior vice president and cfo at, after serving in that capacity at Proffitt’s in Jackson, Miss., and as senior vice president and controller of Younkers in Des Moines, Iowa. He also has been corporate vice president for capital planning and analysis at May Department Stores Co. as well as senior vice president and cfo for its Sibley’s and May D&F divisions.
At ShopKo, he reports to William Podany, chairman, president and chief executive, and has responsibility for functions including control, audit, treasury, strategic planning and investor relations. Additionally, he will serve on the firm’s operating, executive and president’s review committees.
In a statement, Podany said that Bender’s “track record of financial leadership in the retail sector, combined with his experience on Wall Street, will serve ShopKo well in the future.”
ShopKo, based in Green Bay, Wis., operates 164 ShopKo and 226 Pamida discount stores spanning 22 states.

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