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Best Buy appoints Weather Company exec to board

BY Staff Writer

New York — David Kenny, chairman and CEO of Weather Company, parent company of The Weather Channel, has joined the Best Buy board of directors.

Kenny, who joined The Weather Company in January 2012, previously served as president of Akamai, a cloud platform.

“We are delighted to have David join our Board,” said Hatim Tyabji, chairman of the Best Buy board. “One of the foundations of our Renew Blue transformation is the creation of a world-class multichannel experience for our customers. Given David’s deep experience in the digital field, I am certain that his voice on the board will be valuable on these and many other topics. He combines deep strategic experience with the passion of an entrepreneur, and I know I speak for the entire board when I say I look forward to him joining us.”

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Report: Home Depot expands Redbeacon service

BY Dan Berthiaume

Atlanta – The Home Depot, Inc. reportedly expanding the national rollout of Redbeacon, its online handyman referral service. According to Bloomberg, Home Depot is making Redbeacon, which connects customers online to home repair professionals, in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Montana, and Alaska.

Home Depot now offers Redbeacon in 11 states and plans to roll out the service in additional states during the next two years. The retailer acquired Redbeacon, which was founded by three former Home Depot employees, in 2012.

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Kroger named to Dow Jones sustainability index

BY Dan Berthiaume

Cincinnati — The Kroger Co. today announced its inaugural listing on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index-North America.

The Dow Jones Sustainability Index-North America tracks the economic, environmental and social sustainability performance of the top 20% of the 600 largest North America-based companies in the Dow Jones Global Total Stock Market Index.

"Inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index is an important mile marker and a sign of real progress for Kroger," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s president and CEO. "While we take great pride in the strides we have made to reduce our impact on the environment and to operate as good stewards in our communities, we have more work to do. We intend to continue pursuing our long-term sustainability goals with enthusiasm and determination."

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