Kmart Corporation (NYSE: KM) has announced the retirement of vice president and secretary, Nancie LaDuke, effective February 1, 2001, and that Jim Defebaugh has been selected to fill the post, also effective February 1. LaDuke joined Kmart in 1977 serving as commercial law attorney and then commercial law counsel, prior to being promoted to vice president and secretary in 1991. She has been responsible for Kmart's Commercial Law, Intellectual Property and Trade Regulation legal matters as well as board of directors activities.