Merriam, Kan.-based Lee Co. has reorganized its sales department, naming Kent Pech to the new post of vice president of retail marketing.

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Joe Ablan, vice president of sales, as well as national account sales managers Doug Gauert, Mike Lettera and Bill Lynch, now report to Pech. Previously, they had reported to president Gordon Harton.

Pech, who previously served as vice president of consumer marketing, will continue to report to Harton.

Kathy Collins, vice president of marketing, said, “We felt that we needed another layer to be closer to our retail accounts.”

Gauert, Lettera and Lynch oversee sales to three major accounts: Kohl’s, J.C. Penney Co. and Sears Roebuck & Co. Ablan oversees sales to all other customers.

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