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Interim CEO of Limited Stores joins fast-growing specialty retailer


Altar'd State, a fast-growing women's fashion and home décor brand, has added to its senior leadership team with two retail veterans. Founded in 2009, the company now operates some 70 stores and is expanding.

John Buell has joined Altar'd State as senior VP, CFO. Buell is a 13-year Limited Stores veteran, having most recently served as Interim CEO. Prior to joining Limited, Buell spent 15 years at Sears, Roebuck, and Co.

In addition, Kelly Walker has been appointed VP, merchandise planning at Altar'd State. For the past eleven years, Walker served as executive director of planning, allocation, and tactics at Urban Outfitters and supported the company during their rapid growth expansion. Previously, he worked at Limited Stores, where he served as director of planning and senior buyer, women's knit tops and he spent time at Macy's and Lord & Taylor earlier in his career.

“The expansion of our senior leadership team will support our ability to provide an exceptional experience for our guests, while enhancing our operational capabilities and achieving the company's strategic growth plans." said Aaron Walters, chairman and CEO, Altar’d State.
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