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SEARS MERCHANDISE GROUP ELECTS TWO VICE PRESIDENTS

 HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Sears Merchandise Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Arthur C. Martinez today announced the election of Rolando de Aguiar as vice president and controller, and Joseph Smialowski as vice president and chief information officer. The Sears board elected the officers Wednesday and their appointments are effective Sept. 1.
 Aguiar, 45, has been vice president - planning and development, for Sears Roebuck de Mexico, S. A., Mexico City, since 1991.
 Smialowski, 44, joins Sears from Price Waterhouse's Management Horizons division, where he was a partner specializing in operational and information systems for the retail industry. Smialowski succeeds Robert J. Ferkenhoff, who retired from Sears earlier this year.
 Prior to joining Sears de Mexico, Aguiar was president and chief operating officer for American Network Exchange, Inc., Orlando, Fla., from 1988 to 1991. From 1986 to 1988, he was vice president - finance and administration, chief financial officer, for Systeme Corp., Maitland, Fla.
 Aguiar held various financial and audit management positions at Occidental Petroleum Corp., from 1977 to 1986. He began his career with Exxon Co., U.S.A., Houston, in 1975. He holds bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and M.B.A. degrees from Northeastern University, Boston, and is a certified public accountant.
 Smialowski joined Price Waterhouse in 1984 and provided consulting services for a number of retailers. Prior to Price Waterhouse, Smialowski held management positions at Dennison Manufacturing from 1983 to 1984, and at Xerox Corp., from 1974 to 1983.
 Smialowski holds a bachelor of arts degree from Merrimack College, North Andover, Mass., and a masters of science degree in computer systems management from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y.
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