Executive: Suite a Smooth Transition At Sears

Suite a Smooth Transition At Sears

Even before he joined Sears, Roebuck in 1956 as a salesman in Madison, Wisc., there was little doubt that Edward Brennan would find a home in the company. Working for Sears was a tradition in Brennan's family: both his parents were buyers for the firm, as were a grandfather and two uncles. Brennan, however, rose much farther through the ranks of the largest U.S. retailer. When Chairman Edward Telling, 66, announced last week that he will retire at year's end, it came as no surprise that he named Brennan, Sears' president since 1984, as his successor.

Brennan, 51, will head a...

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