ShopKo Stores, Inc. has named Paul White, ShopKo division senior vice president, general merchandise manager – softlines. White assumes responsibility for the merchandising and profitability of ladies, plus size, men's, children's and intimate apparel; active shoes, accessories and jewelry.

White, 47, has more than 18 years of apparel merchandising and marketing experience. “Paul's experience and leadership will be valuable as we focus on improving sales performance and meeting the apparel needs of ShopKo customers,” said Kevin Easton, ShopKo executive vice president and chief merchandising officer.

White comes to ShopKo from St. Louis, Mo., where he worked for the May Department Stores' Famous-Barr division as senior vice president and general merchandise manager, and senior vice president of advertising and sales promotion. He also held senior merchandising positions with the Lazarus division of Federated Department Stores, Cincinnati, Ohio. Earlier in his career, White worked for Elder Beerman Department Stores, Dayton, Ohio. He is a graduate of Ohio State University.