GALYANS APPOINTMENT: Galyans on Monday named Rick Leto president and chief merchandising officer, effective mid-June, confirming a WWD report. Leto will be responsible for the marketing, merchandising, planning and allocation and will report to Edwin J. Holman, chief executive officer. Galyans has 47 stores and specializes in equipment, apparel, outerwear and footwear for 150 sports and outdoor activities.
BULGARI TAKES SCENTS: Bulgari is moving its U.S. fragrance business in-house. Starting in January, Bulgari Corp. of America will officially take over all sales, marketing and financial operations of Bulgari Parfums USA, functions that had been handled since 1994 by Fragrances Exclusive Inc. “After successfully growing our business over the last decade with Fragrances Exclusive,” Bulgari chief executive officer Francesco Trapani said in a statement, “Bulgari will internalize its fragrance business as a natural evolution and long-term strategy to further strengthen our position in the U.S. market.” FEI’s vice president and general manager, Connie Ruscio, said, “We’re very happy we could bring them to this point. FEI has been instrumental in helping Bulgari to build a strong position in the U.S. marketplace. The fragrance division had grown significantly and we were pleased to have been partners.”
CFO SHUFFLE: David Tehle resigned as chief financial officer of Haggar Corp. to take the same position at Dollar General Corp., both companies said Monday. Haggar appointed John Feray, who has been vice president, finance, since 2000, as interim cfo. He will begin on June 3, when Tehle’s resignation becomes effective. Meanwhile, Tehle, who will join Dollar General on June 7, will take over the cfo duties from chief executive officer David Perdue, to whom he also will report.
SEARS APPOINTMENT: Sears, Roebuck & Co. named Linda Knapp vice president and general merchandise manager of juniors’ and dresses, reporting to Patti Simigran, senior vice president and gmm of women’s apparel. Knapp, 51, was vice president and gmm for Mishmash, the former teen business of Too Brands, a division of The Limited Too. Prior to joining The Limited Too in 2002, she worked at Lane Bryant, May Co. and The Venator Group in Toronto.