OPERATIONS

Former Tuesday Morning CEO files discrimination lawsuit again ex-employer

BY Dan Berthiaume

Dallas — Kathleen Mason, former CEO of Tuesday Morning, has filed a lawsuit against her ex-employer in Dallas District Court claiming discrimination. Mason, who was fired last June, alleges that Tuesday Morning mistreated and then terminated her within months after learning she was suffering from breast cancer.

"Kathleen Mason did more than any employee in Tuesday Morning’s history to promote the company and make sure it was financially strong, but she ended up getting fired over the phone soon after telling board members that she was battling breast cancer. Our hope is that this lawsuit will hold Tuesday Morning accountable for discriminating against Kathleen based on assumptions about her ability to do her job despite her demonstrated effective leadership,” said Mason’s attorney Rogge Dunn of Clouse Dunn LLP.

Mason had previously filed a discrimination claim with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission. Tuesday Morning has not yet publicly commented on the suit or her allegations.

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Starbucks names Chiquita exec as executive VP, global supply chain

BY Marianne Wilson

Seattle — Starbucks Coffee Co. has appointed Deverl Maserang as executive VP leading the company’s global supply chain organization, effective June 3. He will be accountable for end-to-end supply chain operations globally spanning manufacturing, engineering, procurement, distribution, planning, transportation, inventory management and worldwide sourcing.

Maserang joins Starbucks from Chiquita Brands International, where he led the Global Value Chain for Chiquita and Fresh Express.

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Nordstrom Q1 profit and sales disappoint

BY Marianne Wilson

Seattle — Nordstrom Inc. reported its first quarter net income fell a greater-than-expected 3%, hurt by weak demand for spring merchandise and softer performance in the Northeast and Midwest. The company also lowered its full-year sales forecast.

The results were a rare miss for the upscale department store chain whose shoppers have proved resilient throughout the uncertain economy.

Nordstrom’s net income in the quarter ended May 4 fell to $145 million, down from $149 million a year ago. Revenue increased 5% to $2.75 billion, missing Wall Street expectations. Same-store sales were up 2.7%.

Nordstrom’s top performing categories included makeup, women’s apparel and handbags.

At the company’s outlet store division, Nordstrom Rack, net sales increased 10% to $58 million, reflecting 16 store openings since the first quarter of fiscal 2012. Same-store sales increased 0.8%.

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