Linens 'N Things adds home furnishings vet

Clifton, NJ — Intensifying its efforts to set itself apart in a rapidly evolving retail world, big-box pioneer Linens 'N Things has hired home furnishings veteran Audrey Schlaepfer as executive vp and the company's first chief merchandising officer.

In her newly created post, Schlaepfer will be responsible for the strategic direction of the company's entire merchandising division, product development, branding initiatives, new business development and proprietary products.

The new position marks a major expansion of the merchandising responsibilities held by former gmm Steven Silverstein before his recent promotion to president of the home furnishings chain.

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