Specialty retailer The Spiegel Group has appointed Rich Lauer as vice president of operations, replacing David Boothby who resigned from the company.

In his new role, Lauer will be responsible for Distribution Fulfillment Services Inc (DFS), Spiegel Group Teleservices (SGTS) and Spiegel-Hermes General Service LLC (SHGS). Lauer also will continue to serve as president and chief executive officer of DFS.

A wholly owned subsidiary of The Spiegel Group, DFS serves the catalogue and e-commerce fulfillment and distribution, as well as retail distribution needs for Spiegel, Eddie Bauer and other Spiegel Group ventures. SGTS is the Group's network of call centres.

Lauer played a key executive role in the establishment of DFS in 1995, and under his leadership it has played a critical role in providing distribution and fulfillment services to The Spiegel Group.