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Sears to Find Out If Lampert Knows Washers From Dryers

January 10, 2013

The future of Sears Holdings boils down not to its same-store sales, online strategy, or any of retail's countless other metrics, but this one question: Is Eddie Lampert a budding Warren Buffett or a Willy Loman?

That's long been a question on Wall Street, never more so than this week after Lampert, 50, the chairman of the company and founder and head of hedge fund ESL Investments, inserted himself as Sears's fifth chief executive officer in seven years. You cannot help but wonder if Lampert knows what he wants to do



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