The Kmart Corporation today announced the election of Richard J Statuto, 43, to its board of directors, effective April 17, 2001.

Statuto is president and chief executive officer of St Joseph Health Systems, Orange, Calif, a $2.3bn provider of hospital, physician, home care, wellness and insurance services. He has held a variety of positions at St Joseph Health Systems since joining the company in 1990 including vice president of marketing and chief operating officer. He also is vice chairman of the board and chairs the nominating committee of CHRISTUS Health in Dallas, Texas.

Commenting on Statuto's election to the company's board, chairman and chief executive officer Chuck Conaway said, "I am very pleased to welcome Richard Statuto to the roster of accomplished business leaders on Kmart's board of directors. Richard's expertise in product development and marketing as well as the service industry will be of great value to the Kmart board as we map corporate strategy to satisfy our customers better."