Thomas D. Fingleton, a 43-year-old veteran corporate finance executive, has been named to the No. 2 post at Hecht's, the department store chain's parent, May Department Stores Co., announced yesterday.
He succeeds Warren Harris, 62, who is retiring after 18 years with May. The move is effective April 1.
Mr. Fingleton, whose new title is chairman, will report to Irwin Zazulia, 49, who continues as president and chief executive officer of Hecht's. In the May department store units, contrary to the practice at most large corporations, the president is the ranking executive, said Jim Abrams, corporate spokesman for St. Louis-based May.
"The chief executive officer is primarily the merchandising side, and the chairman handles the sales support side," Mr. Abrams explained. Sales support includes such functions as finance and accounting.