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Odd woman in


simone-bagel-trahSimone Bagel-Trah bucks the trend.  The number of women on German company top-level board posts — low to begin with in Europe’s largest economy – is dropping.  In steps Bagel-Trah. The slender blonde will become the first supervisory board chairwoman at a German blue chip. On Tuesday, she takes over the helm at glue-to-detergents maker Henkel .

 The doctor of microbiology will also head the shareholders’
committee which represents the Henkel family members who hold
about 52 percent in the creator of Persil detergent.

But the 40 year old great-great-granddaughter of the Henkel
founder is not the pioneer many would like to see in her.

“She basically helps to manage her own fortune. It’s a
family job,” said Hagen Lindstaedt, head of the Institute of
Management at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

Check Out Line: Kramer leaves Abercrombie for Kellwood


abercrobie.jpgCheck out Abercrombie losing its CFO to Kellwood.
Michael Kramer is leaving Abercrombie & Fitch as of Aug. 18 to take the top job at clothing manufacturer Kellwood Co and Wall Street doesn’t like it.
“With Mike Kramer’s departure, we are less certain that margins stay at historical levels and growth initiatives are pursued carefully, Thomas Weisel partners analyst Liz Dunn said.
Abercrombie already has problems with tepid sales as customers cut spending to cope with rising gasoline and and food costs.
Sluggish sales require “prudent management of expenses and capital spending, Credit Suisse analyst Paul Lejuez said. “Without a CFO, there is no one to lead the charge.”
Also in the basket:
Fortune Brands profit tops lowered Wall St expectations.
Consumer confidence rebounds from 28-year low
Foreclosures double from last year 
(Photo: Reuters)