HOFFMAN ESTATES -- Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores elected James F. Gooch to its board of directors and as chair of the board's audit committee.
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Gooch had served as president and chief executive officer of RadioShack Corp. and prior to that as its chief financial officer. Earlier in his career he was employed by Helene Curtis, The Quaker Oats Company, Kmart Corporation, and Sears Holdings. He is a certified public accountant.
"We are delighted to add Jim Gooch's strong financial, analytical, and retail skills to our board of directors and Audit Committee. As we continue to grow our business, we look forward to his leadership and contributions," said William R. Harker, chairman of the board of directors of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. "Mr. Gooch's extensive experience, knowledge, and understanding of retail and consumer-product businesses will help us accelerate our growth."
Gooch's election increases the number of directors to seven.