Whitehall to delay fiscal results due to the death of its top official

Whitehall Jewellers, Inc., said Friday that due to the sudden passing of Hugh Patinkin, the company’s chairman and CEO, it will delay the announcement of its fourth quarter and fiscal year-end results. The company had planned to announce its results on Tuesday.

In addition, the Chicago-based company said that due to the changes in management responsibilities it may also delay the filing of its annual report.

Patinkin died suddenly on Wednesday of an apparent heart attack. Daniel H. Levy, Whitehall’s board of directors named Daniel H. Levy, board director, as interim chairman and Lucinda (Cindy) M. Baier as interim CEO.

Whitehall Jewellers, Inc. is a national specialty retailer of fine jewelry, currently operating 384 stores in 38 states. The company operates stores in regional and superregional shopping malls under the names Whitehall Co. Jewellers, Lundstrom Jewelers and Marks Bros. Jewelers.