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The hunt goes on

Who said good work is hard to come by?

Some major retailers are looking to fill vacancies at the top of their C-suites, after unplanned departures and other shake-ups left them without a permanent successor.

Elaine Hughes, founder and CEO of executive search firm E.A. Hughes, said the problem is far too prevalent in the industry.

"Part of the [CEO's] responsibility is to create succession planning," Hughes said. "They get a little confused, particularly in publicly traded companies. They think the name on the door is theirs and it's not."

Recruiters and other industry experts have said that executive positions are particularly hard to fill in retail and fashion because it's difficult to find candidates with the right mix of merchandising and financial know-how.

Adding to the complexity is the fact that the required skills have dramatically shifted over the past 15 years, when many current executives entered the field, because online shopping has transformed the industry, Hughes said.

But another factor behind retail's more limited talent pool is that many young people with financial knowledge opt to work on Wall Street or in private equity, she said.

"A lot of young people don't necessarily see retail as a burgeoning career," Hughes said.

Click ahead to see a list of nine retailers who are searching for a new CEO.

—By CNBC's Krystina Gustafson.
Posted 21 July 2014

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