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As Sears Canada head moves to launch bid, wife’s role in company raises questions

TORONTO — As Sears Canada executive chairman Brandon Stranzl prepares to launch a bid for the ailing department store chain, questions persist as to how his wife was able to secure an executive role with the retailer that lasted for more than a year and ended weeks before the company filed for bankruptcy protection.

Jennifer Stranzl worked as the company’s chief marketing advisor on a contract that stretched from September 2015 to June 2017. That fact was never disclosed in the retailer’s public documents, press releases or website, though it was well known within the walls of Sears Canada, where Stranzl occupied a corner office on the same floor as her husband and other executives.

Current and former employees and senior managers of the company, who spoke with the Financial Post on condition of anonymity, said that Jennifer Stranzl’s presence caused significant tension in the upper ranks of the beleaguered retailer.

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