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MONTGOMERY WARD ANNOUNCES SENIOR OFFICER PROMOTIONS

 MONTGOMERY WARD ANNOUNCES SENIOR OFFICER PROMOTIONS
 CHICAGO, July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Four officers were promoted to


senior positions, announced Bernard F. Brennan, chairman and chief executive officer of Montgomery Ward & Co.
 Gene McCaffery, 46, is promoted to executive vice president, marketing, reporting directly to Brennan. He formerly was senior vice president, advertising. McCaffery is replacing William J. McCarthy who retires Aug. 1, after 30 years of service.
 McCaffery has over 20 years of retail experience, including executive officer positions in merchandise, strategic planning and field operations. He joined Montgomery Ward in 1982 as a store manager.
 Brennan also announced the appointment of Don Docken, 47, to the newly created position of executive vice president, strategic planning and organizational development. Don joined Montgomery Ward in 1983, and has held various positions in store planning and strategic planning over the years. Immediately prior to this new assignment, Don was senior vice president, planning and merchandise presentation. His new position will report directly to Brennan.
 Coincident with Docken's promotion, Ed Zgonina, 46, will assume full responsibility for store planning and merchandise presentation as vice president, merchandise presentation. Ed joined Montgomery Ward two years ago and has been responsible for store planning, Zgonina will report to Docken in his new position.
 Joe Collins, 42, is appointed vice president, operational planning and chief information officer. Joe will have responsibility for all systems development and operations, as well as, the management of all liquidation centers throughout the company. Collins has been working with Montgomery Ward in these areas as a consultant for some time, and will now take direct accountability for some time, and will now take direct accountability for the functions.
 Brennan also announced that Rex Rambo is joining the company as vice president, advertising and sales promotion - Hardlines, reporting to McCaffery. Rambo is joining Montgomery Ward from Sears, Roebuck & Co., where he spent 30 years in positions of increasing responsibility in both the field organization and in marketing. His most recent position at Sears was national marketing manager, Brand Central, where he was responsible for the development of all strategic marketing for Brand Central, Sears' electronics and appliances business.
 "While Bill McCarthy's experience and enthusiasm will be missed at Montgomery Ward, these new marketing appointments will utilize the strengths and management experience of both McCaffery and Rambo as we continue to focus on the critical strategic marketing activities of the company. The creation of these new positions for Don Docken, Joe Collins and Ed Zgonina add emphasis to our growth plans through the integration of contemporary strategies with a focus on customer service and the development of the strongest workforce in our industry," Brennan said.
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 /CONTACT: Ann Raives of Montgomery Ward, 312-457-7410/ CO: Montgomery Ward & Co. ST: Illinois IN: REA SU: PER


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