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New execs join Hot Topic

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. — Hot Topic has announced that two new executives have joined the company, Don Hendricks as CIO and Jeff Allison as SVP planning and allocation.

Hendricks will lead all information technology for Hot Topic Inc. Prior to joining Hot Topic, Hendricks was the CIO at Gymboree Corp. where he led many successful major systems implementations. In addition to his IT responsibilities, Hendricks was also responsible for distribution and logistics.

Allison will lead the merchandise planning and allocation teams for both the Hot Topic and Torrid brands. He most recently served as SVP planning and allocation for Chico’s FAS Inc. Prior to Chico’s Allison served for 10 years in several senior executive roles in merchandising, planning and allocation and finance at JCPenney. Allison also held various financial positions at the Limited, Inc. from 1990 to 2000.

In their respective roles, both Hendricks and Allison will report to Lisa Harper, the company’s CEO.

Harper said, “We are very pleased to have both Don and Jeff join our team. Their diverse experience in retail and strong leadership skills in their respective areas will add significant strength to our senior management team. We feel that the quality of leaders that we have selected to fill these critical roles will help us execute our strategy and elevate the business to the next level.”

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