Kmart (NYSE: KM) today announced the appointment of Valeria Jewell Stokes to vice president Human Resources-Corporate, effective immediately.

Reporting directly to David Rots, Kmart executive vice president, Human Resources and Administration, Stokes will be responsible for corporate staff human resources, diversity, business services and executive recruiting.

"As we continue to build a customer-centric culture at Kmart, Ms Stokes' ideas and best practices will reinforce our strategy to become a world-class retailer," said Rots.

Prior to joining Kmart, Stokes served as vice president, ACCO World Learning & Organizational Development, a subsidiary of Fortune Brands and the world's largest office products manufacturer, where she directed strategy and development of all corporate learning and organisational planning, communication and e-learning initiatives. From 1994-1996, Stokes held the position of management and executive consultant for Sears Roebuck and Co where she designed and directed education and consultative functions including the development and launch of Sears University.

Kmart Corporation serves America with 2,106 Kmart, Big Kmart and Super Kmart retail outlets. In addition to serving all 50 states, Kmart operations extend to Puerto Rico, Guam and the US Virgin Islands. More information about Kmart is available on the web at www.bluelight.com in the "About Kmart" section.