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Check Out Line: Talbots’ makeover includes board


talbots3.jpgCheck out the majority owner of Talbots exerting more control.

The women’s apparel retailer, which has endured hardships in recent months including falling sales, job cuts, an executive departure and a credit problem, said on Thursday that Tsutomu Kajita would become chairman of its board.

Kajita is senior vice president of international operations for Japan’s Aeon Co, Talbots’ majority owner.

“The appointment of Mr. Kajita as non-executive chairman further signifies Aeon and its management’s commitment and confidence in our continued success and ability to execute our long range strategic plan,” said Talbots Chief Executive Trudy Sullivan in a statement.

Talbots is working hard to turn itself around after a string of fashion and merchandising missteps hurt sales of its classic fashions that target women over 35. The weak U.S. economy hasn’t helped either.