Blair Corporation, (Amex: BL) a national catalog and direct mail marketer of women's and men's apparel and home products, today announced the appointment of William E. Warrin as vice president of corporate development.

Mr Warrin will be responsible for exploring and developing new external business opportunities including strategic alliances, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions as part of the company's strategic growth plan.

William Warrin has over eighteen years of experience in financial management, strategic planning, and corporate development. Prior to joining Blair, Mr Warrin served as CFO and vice president of finance for the business services division of ARAMARK, a $7bn global provider of managed services, and uniform and career apparel.

John E Zawacki, Blair president and CEO said: "Bill Warrin's broad financial management and corporate development experience will help Blair continue to expand its position as a premier direct marketer. Seeking external growth opportunities to complement our internal initiatives is a key element of our strategic growth plan for becoming a billion-dollar company before the end of the decade."

About Blair
Blair Corporation sells fashion apparel for men and women and a broad range of home products, primarily through direct mail merchandising. Blair Corporation operates facilities in Erie and Franklin, Pennsylvania as well as Wilmington, Delaware.