Value City Department Stores announced the appointment of Heywood Wilansky as President and CEO to head Filene’s Basement Inc.

From 1995 to 2000 Mr. Wilansky was President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director with The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. Prior to that, he was with The May Department Stores Company for more than 19 years, last serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Foley’s division from 1992 to 1995 and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Filene’s division from 1991 to 1992. During this period he also held executive positions at Lord & Taylor and The Hecht Company. Mr. Wilansky joins Filene’s Basement, Inc. from the University of Maryland, R. H. Smith School of Business where he has been a Professor in the Marketing Department, Retailing Specialty. Wilansky is a graduate of Canaan College.

“It gives me great pleasure to welcome Heywood to our Filene’s Basement and Value City team,” said John Rossler, President and CEO of Value City Department Stores. “The addition of Heywood represents a significant step for Filene’s Basement given his very successful track record at other retail companies. We believe Heywood is a proven leader and he will play an integral role in the development of Filene’s Basement.”