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eBay-Owned Skype CEO Steps Down

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San Jose, Calif., Niklas Zennstrom has stepped down as CEO of eBay-owned Skype. Zennstrom, who co-founded Skype in 2003, will become non-executive chairman of the Skype board of directors. Michael van Swaaij, eBay’s chief strategy officer, will become acting CEO until a permanent successor is found.

Henry Gomez, Skype’s president, who remained a senior VP at eBay during his two-year tenure at Skype, will return to eBay as senior VP for corporate affairs, reporting to president and CEO Meg Whitman.

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Gap Says Job-Applicant Data Stolen

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San Francisco, Gap Inc. said Friday a laptop containing personal information of about 800,000 job applicants, including Social Security numbers, was stolen from a vendor’s office, according to the Associated Press.

The stolen laptop contained personal data for people who applied online or by phone for jobs at Old Navy, Banana Republic, Gap and Outlet stores between July 2006 and June 2007 in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. The computer did not contain Canadian applicants’ Social Insurance numbers, the report said.

The vendor, which a Gap spokeswoman declined to identify, failed to encrypt the personal data, though that was part of Gap’s agreement with it.

Gap said it has no reason to believe the applicants’ data were the target of the theft or that the information has been accessed or used improperly. Since the company uses more than one vendor to manage job-applicant data, not all of those who applied for work during the time frame are affected, according to the report.

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Chico’s Appoints Chairman of the Board

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Fort Myers, Fla., Chico’s FAS, Inc. announced that Scott A. Edmonds, president and CEO, has been elected to serve in the additional position of chairman of the board. The board’s action was taken after its vote to accept Michael Weiss’ resignation, which was submitted following his appointment as CEO of Express, as required by the company’s policies.

The board also voted to appoint Ross Roeder, one of the company’s seven independent directors, as lead director and to reduce the number of Board seats from 10 to nine.

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