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Amazon Hires Ad Exec

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Seattle Amazon.com has appointed a senior Microsoft Corp. executive to head its U.S. advertising sales as the company plans to ramp up its online ad business, according to the New York Post. Amazon has not yet publicly announced the hiring, the report said.

Lisa Utzschneider, who worked at Microsoft for 10 years, will become senior VP of national ad sales for Amazon.

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Cost Plus Appoints Former Tweens Exec to Board

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Oakland, Calif. Cost Plus Inc. said Thursday that the former president of teen retailer Tween Brands Inc. has been appointed to its board of directors.

Kenneth T. Stevens, who was also the COO of Tween Brands before resigning in June, will serve on the board until the company’s annual meeting next summer.

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Staples Names Avon President to Board

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Framingham, Mass. Staples announced the appointment of Elizabeth Smith, president of Avon Products, to its board of directors.

Smith joined Avon in January 2005 as executive VP and brand president, and was given the additional role of leading Avon North America in September 2005. Smith was named president of Avon Products in September 2007.

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