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Sears Names New CIO

Hoffman Estates, Ill. — Sears Holdings has appointed Jeff Balagna executive VP and chief information officer.

 Balagna joins Sears from Eli Lilly, where he held the same post. In his new role, he will be responsible for all technology and infrastructure initiatives within the company’s support centers and stores.

“Jeff is a proven executive with an analytical approach and experience in transforming complex organizations in rapidly evolving industries,” said Sears chairman/CEO Edward Lampert.

“Innovation and technology are cornerstones in Sears Holdings’ efforts to build lasting relationships with our Shop Your Way members, and Jeff’s deep expertise in information technology infrastructure, customer loyalty programs and leveraging IT as a business-enabler make him a strong addition to our team.”

Balagna added, “Sears Holdings is at the forefront of leveraging technology and ‘big data’ initiatives to better understand and build its relationships with members. I welcome the opportunity to advance these efforts in support of our stores and associates.”