The Spiegel Group (Spiegel, Inc.) announced that it appointed James M. Brewster senior vice president and chief financial officer for The Spiegel Group on February 26, 2003. For the past 10 years, Brewster has served as senior vice president and chief financial officer for the company's Newport News subsidiary.
"We are delighted to have someone with Jim's capabilities to step into the position of chief financial officer and make an immediate and meaningful contribution at the corporate level," said Martin Zaepfel, vice chairman, president and chief executive officer of The Spiegel Group.
As senior vice president and chief financial officer of The Spiegel Group, Brewster will report to the CEO and will have responsibility for the company's financial planning and controls as well as the company's strategic activities in the legal, tax, investor relations and loss prevention functions.
Brewster joined Newport News in 1986 as manager of financial systems and moved up through the organization, serving as director of finance, director of inventory control, vice president and treasurer, and vice president and chief financial officer before being promoted to senior vice president and chief financial officer in 1992. Prior to joining The Spiegel Group, Jim worked in various financial positions in banking and public accounting in Norfolk, Va.
A certified public accountant, Jim earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Hofstra University, Long Island, New York.
In addition, the company announced that on February 26, 2003, John Steele was promoted to senior vice president and treasurer of The Spiegel Group, from his current position of vice president and treasurer of The Spiegel Group. He will now report to the company's CEO.
Prior to joining The Spiegel Group in 1993, Steele was vice president and corporate finance director for Deutsche Bank AG in Chicago. He also has held the position of vice president at Bank of America and at Continental Bank of Chicago, where he began his career and held a number of financial positions.
Steele earned a bachelor of arts degree and a master of business administration degree at Indiana University. He also attended Hamburg University in Hamburg, Germany, and Harlaxton Manor in Grantham, England.
About the Company
The Spiegel Group is a leading international specialty retailer marketing fashionable apparel and home furnishings to customers through catalogs, 560 specialty retail and outlet stores, and e-commerce sites, including eddiebauer.com, newport-news.com and spiegel.com. The Spiegel Group's businesses include Eddie Bauer, Newport News, Spiegel Catalog and First Consumers National Bank. The company's Class A Non-Voting Common Stock trades on the over-the-counter market ("Pink Sheets") under the ticker symbol: SPGLA. Investor relations information is available on The Spiegel Group Web site at http://www.thespiegelgroup.com.
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