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Aaron's Shifts Management

Rent-to-own player Aaron's (NYSE: AAN)  has shuffled its management team promoting Steve Michaels to vice president of strategic planning and business development.

Prior to the promotion, Michaels was vice president of finance.

In addition, Aaron's has named Kimberly Rivera vice president of learning and development, and added corporate secretary responsibilities to Robert Kamerschen, senior vice president and general counsel.

"This is an exciting time for all members of Aaron's as we continue to strengthen our management team and build a platform for sustainable growth," said Ronald W. Allen,  chairman, president and CEO.

Michaels has been with the company since 1995. In his new position, he will focus on the company's profitable growth and new business development as well as the strategic analysis for future growth. He has held various roles within the organization starting in the audit department and progressing to his current role as vice president of finance in 2008.

Kamerschen joined Aaron's in June as senior vice president and general counsel. Kamerschen manages all legal and governmental affairs for Aaron's, including employment law, regulatory matters, intellectual property, litigation, vendor relationships, financings, acquisitions, and other general legal matters. As corporate secretary, Kamerschen will support the board of directors and will lead the company's corporate governance initiatives.

As vice president of learning and development, Rivera is responsible for creating and refining training and development programs for Aaron's associates. Rivera has 17 years of experience in corporate coaching, human resources, training and development, five of which were at the executive level as vice president of human resources, recruiting, and training in the restaurant industry. Most recently, Rivera owned a corporate training and development company and worked with Aaron's as a consultant to create a leadership development program for the management team.

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