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Big Lots reports exec changes


COLUMBUS, Ohio Big Lots today announced a retirement, advancements, and new assignments.

Donald Mierzwa, evp of store operations, will retire April 15, 2008, after 19 years with the company. Mierzwa oversaw store standards, customer service, personnel development, and program implementation for the chain's 1,300+ stores in 47 states. A search will begin immediately for his successor.

Norman Rankin has been named senior vp of Big Lots Capital and will be responsible for Big Lots Capital and the wholesale division. Rankin will report to ceo Steve Fishman in his new role.

Robert Segal has been promoted to senior vp of general merchandise manager responsible for the furniture and home divisions.

Charles Haubiel II has assumed additional responsibility for the company's real Estate Department and has been named senior vp of legal and real estate. He will continue to serve as the company's general counsel and corporate secretary.

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