Venator Group, the New York-based specialty athletic retailer, today announced the promotion of two finance executives. Joseph Bongiorno has been named vice president, logistics and Peter D. Brown has been named vice president, investor relations and corporate development.

"Both Joe and Peter have played important roles as we streamlined and repositioned our company as an athletic retailer," stated Matthew D. Serra, Venator Group's president and CEO. "We look forward to continuing to benefit from their talents and experience as we strive to profitably grow our business."

Mr Bongiorno began his career with Venator Group in 1966 as a trainee at the company's Financial Services Center in Camp Hill Pennsylvania. From 1966 to 1984 he received increasing responsibilities, rising to the position of divisional assistant controller. In 1984, Joseph was promoted to the corporate office in New York and has held various positions within the finance department, most recently as corporate expense controller.

Mr Brown began his career with Venator Group in 1976 as a divisional internal auditor at the company's former accounting office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1980, Peter was promoted to the corporate office in New York and has held various positions within the finance department. Most recently, he was assistant treasurer and director of investor relations.