Sears Holding Corp. named J. Miles Reidy executive vice president and CFO of the $53 billion retailer, based in Hoffman Estates, Ill. Reidy, 45, replaces William C. Crowley, acting CFO and chief administrative officer. Reidy joins Sears from Capital One Financial Corp., where he assumed senior financial and planning roles, most recently as financial cost executive. Before Capital One, he held numerous financial and strategy positions with Chevy Chase Bank, FSB, First Commerce and Mellon Bank.

Owens Corning, the $6.4 billion leader in building materials systems and composite solutions, based in Toledo, named Duncan Palmer CFO. Palmer, 41, replaces Mike Thaman, who has been promoted to CEO. Before joining Owens Corning, Palmer spent 20 years with Royal Dutch Shell PLC, most recently serving as vice president of upstream commercial finance for Shell International Explorationa and Production BV. He has also served as vice president of finance for the Shell Lubricants business internationally.

Ann Taylor Stores Inc. appointed Michael J. Nicholson executive vice president and CFO of the $2.3 billion women's specialty retailer, with headquarters in New York. Nicholson, 41, succeeds James M. Smith, who resigned to pursue other interests. Throughout his career, Nicholson has held various senior finance positions with Colgate-Palmolive Co. and Altria Group Inc. He has spent the last seven years with Limited Brands Inc., most recently serving as executive vice president, chief operating officer and CFO of Victoria's Secret Beauty Co.

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