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Apple’s Jobs Takes Medical Leave

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Cupertino, Calif. Apple Inc.’s CEO Steve Jobs said Wednesday he is taking a medical leave of absence until the end of June.

Jobs told employees in an e-mail that his health issues are more complex than he originally thought. He recently disclosed that he had a hormone deficiency that had resulted in a dramatic loss of weight.

Apple’s COO, Tim Cook, will take over Jobs’ responsibilities while he is on leave.

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Gander Mountain Names Execs

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St. Paul, Minn. Gander Mountain Co. announced Monday it has named Michael Owens executive VP and COO, and Steven Uline senior VP, marketing.

Owens is a 27-year veteran of Anheuser-Busch, where he led efforts to expand the company’s product offerings. He most recently served as Anheuser-Busch’s VP, business operations.

Uline worked for Anheuser-Busch for 24 years, most recently as the company’s VP, geographic marketing, field media and special-event marketing.

Both Owens’ and Uline’s responsibilities begin immediately.

Gander Mountain also promoted Eric Jacobsen to executive VP, general counsel and secretary, and Casey Ramm to senior VP, merchandising.

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Mattress Giant Names VP

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Dallas Mattress Giant Corp. announced that Armando Murillo has joined the company as VP, merchandising. Murillo will be responsible for identifying new merchandising initiatives through existing and prospective manufacturing partners, as well as enhancing current initiatives such as the Web site, store-product offerings and sleep offerings.

With more than thirteen years of experience in the mattress manufacturing, mattress retailing and home-furnishings industries, Murillo has held sales-management positions with such companies as Sealy, Serta and Palliser.

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