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MONTGOMERY WARD ELEVATES SENIOR EXECUTIVES

 CHICAGO, June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Bernard F. Brennan, chairman and CEO, Montgomery Ward, announced the appointment of Richard Bergel to the newly created position of vice chairman in charge of operations and specialty catalog. Bergel will have responsibility for all store operations, as well as his current duties as CEO for Montgomery Ward Direct, the specialty catalog joint venture with Fingerhut. Among the positions Bergel has held during his 34 years with Montgomery Ward are president store operations and executive vice president distribution and product service.
 In addition to Bergel's promotion, Brennan announced the restructuring of the stores organization into three territories. Gary Ramsey, formerly of Sears, has joined Montgomery Ward as the vice president East Territory. He will have responsibility for the Albany, Detroit, Tampa and Washington Regions. Ramsey was most recently the CEO of Sears Business Centers.
 Al DiGangi, a veteran of over 23 years with Montgomery Ward, who was managing the West Territory, will move to the new Central Territory as vice president of Chicago, St. Paul, Dallas and San Antonio Regions. Mollie Hall will be promoted to the vice president West Territory position with responsibility for Denver, Los Angeles and Oakland Regions. Hall has 15 years of experience with Montgomery Ward in positions including store manager, area manager and regional managing director.
 Brennan said, "In September 1992, we brought Hal Kahn, our president, into the company to lead the critical mission of developing and implementing our merchandising and marketing strategies. The addition of an executive with Dick's leadership skills and field experience will insure that those strategies are executed consistently and efficiently throughout our stores.''
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 /CONTACT: Robert Kasenter, executive vice president human resources of Montgomery Ward, 312-467-3082/


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