Costello goes to Republic Industries

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John H. Costello, who spearheaded the marketing turnaround at Sears, Roebuck & Co. as exec VP-marketing, is leaving to become president of Republic Industries. Mr. Costello, 52, and current chairman of the Association of National Advertisers, will report to Co-CEO Steven Berrard and be responsible for building the AutoNation USA brand effective Jan. 1. At Sears, Mr. Costello will be succeeded by Mark A. Cohen, currently senior VP-merchandising for Sears full-line stores.

Copyright December 1998, Crain Communications Inc.

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