Baier resigns from Whitehall

Lucinda M. Baier resigned as president and chief operating officer of Whitehall Jewellers, Inc., the company said in a statement Wednesday. She also served as its interim chief executive officer. No reason was given for her departure. She has been replaced by Daniel H. Levy who will serve as interim chief executive officer while the company finds a permanent CEO.

Baier was named interim CEO of the Chicago-based retail chain in March following the sudden death of Hugh Patinkin, Whitehall’s chairman and CEO. The retailer in August named former J.C. Penney Co. executive Beryl Raff as CEO to succeed Patinkin, but in September Raff resigned before she started the job.

Baier first came to Whitehall in December, 2004, as president and chief operating officer. She previously served as senior vice president and general manager of Sears’ credit and financial products division.

“The company owes a great debt of gratitude to Cindy for her steadfast service,” Levy said in a company statement. “The company wishes her the best in all of her future endeavors.”

Levy, 62, has served as a director of the company since 1997. He also served as interim chairman of the company from March until August following Patinkin’s death.

Whitehall Jewellers, Inc. operates 387 stores in 38 states. In malls under the names Whitehall Co. Jewellers, Lundstrom Jewelers, and Marks Bros. Jewelers.

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