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Dillard’s Avoids Proxy Fight

BY CSA STAFF

Little Rock, Ark. Dillard’s Inc. on Tuesday said it agreed to nominate four new directors to avoid a proxy fight with an activist shareholder group.

Barington Capital Group LP and its affiliate, Clinton Group Inc., which own 5.4% of shares, had earlier said they wanted to nominate four candidates to Dillard’s board.

Dillard’s said it would nominate one of the candidates Barington had selected, Nick White, a former executive with Wal-Mart Stores, to its board.

Other nominees, who were not on Barington’s original list, include James A. Haslam III, chief executive of Pilot Travel Centers LLC; R. Brad Martin, a former chief executive of Saks Inc.; and Fran R. Mori, a former chief executive at Anne Klein Inc. and Donna Karan International.

Barington and Clinton agreed to stop their efforts to elect their slate and to vote for the company’s nominees.

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Syntax names interim cfo

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TEMPE, Ariz. Syntax-Brillian, a leading manufacturer and marketer of LCD HDTVs, digital cameras, and consumer electronics products, has announced that Bradley Lines has been appointed to the position of interim cfo effective March 24. Lines has been serving as the firm’s senior vp of finance and corporate treasurer. He will replace Jack Hodgson, who has resigned as evp, cfo and director to pursue other opportunities.

Mr. Lines joined Syntax-Brillian in May 2007 and becoming senior vp of finance and corporate treasurer in November 2007. He will report directly to James Li, president and ceo, and will direct and oversee Syntax-Brillians worldwide financial management and accounting activities.

“Brads deep understanding of Syntax-Brillian and his global perspective make him the perfect choice for cfo and a major asset for all Syntax shareholders, said Li. We thank Jack for his contributions and wish him the best in his future endeavors.

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Curren to head ACCO’s Day-Timer business

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LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa. ACCO Brands has named Martha Curren vp and general manager of its Day-Timer brand business for the U.S., Canadian and international marketplace.

Curren served as president of Goebel of North America from 2005 to 2008. Prior to that she served as president of Lenox Collections since 1998.

“I am very pleased to be leading a team of caring and knowledgeable professionals at Day-Timers. I look forward to developing a collaborative environment that will build upon the traditional level of quality and service our customers expect while we move forward with creating innovative new products to appeal to ever changing customer needs. Continuing to build value added relationships with current consumers and trade customers is a high priority,” said Curren.

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