The TJX Companies, the US-based bargain retailer of apparel and home fashions, has elected Gail Deegan to its board of directors. Ms Deegan currently holds the position of executive vice president and chief financial officer of Houghton Mifflin Company. Prior to this role, she served in a number of senior level finance positions, including senior vice president, Regulatory and Government Affairs for Nynex - New England, and senior vice president, chief financial officer and chief administrative officer of Eastern Enterprises.