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Teen apparel retailer names new finance chief


The search is over.

The Buckle named Thomas B. Heacock as VP of finance, treasurer and CFO, effective July 20. As CFO, he replaces Karen B. Rhoads, who in May announced her intention to retire. Rhoads will assist in the transfer of her duties and responsibilities to Heacock, and will continue to serve as a member of the company’s board.

Heacock has been employed by the company since October 2003, serving as VP of finance, treasurer and corporate controller. Previously, he was employed by Ernst & Young. His promotion to CFO comes after The Buckle retained an executive search firm to assist it in identifying and evaluating both internal and external candidates.

"After reviewing many resumes and interviewing multiple candidates, the Audit Committee members were unanimous and enthusiastic in their support for Thomas B. Heacock’s promotion to the position of chief financial officer," stated Daniel J. Hirschfeld, chairman, The Buckle.

Headquartered in Kearney, Nebraska, Buckle currently operates 462 retail stores in 44 states.

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