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GameStop President Resigns

BY CSA STAFF

Dallas GameStop Corp. president Steve Morgan will leave the company on May 2, according to the Dallas Business Journal.

Morgan “has made the decision to reapply his energy and drive outside of the company,” said GameStop spokesman Chris Olivera.

Morgan’s primary role as president was heading store operations in North America, including Guam and Puerto Rico.

Olivera said that with Morgan’s departure, the company has decided to make some strategic moves that include a shift of all U.S. store operations to COO Dan DeMatteo. All international store operations will continue to be led by CEO Dick Fontaine, but will now also include Canada.

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Davaco Retail Services Names Director of Sales Operations

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DAVACO, Inc., the national leading provider of retail services, announced that KC Culbert has been named director of sales operations. In this role, Culbert is responsible for overseeing the company’s sales operations, including the management and training of the sales team, the development of strategic account programs and the preparation of departmental reports and forecasts. Culbert reports directly to Paul Hamer, executive VP of sales.

Culbert joins DAVACO with over 15 years of experience in the management of retail sales and operations, representing a variety of retail segments including specialty, drug/convenience, big box and grocery. He most recently served as the senior director of client services for Crossmark. In this position, he led the integration of departments and team responsibilities following a corporate acquisition, as well as launched and managed a special events and product team for a client program. Prior to that, he held the position of senior director of client services, where he managed a client program for Albertsons.

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Wal-Mart Settles Lawsuit Filed by Disabled Job Applicant

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St. Louis Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will pay $300,000 to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of a job applicant who claimed he wasn’t hired because he is disabled with cerebral palsy, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) said Thursday.

In a suit filed in 2004 by the EEOC, Steven J. Bradley Jr. claimed he was questioned during an interview in 2001 for a job at a new Wal-Mart Supercenter in Richmond, Mo., about his ability to work in his wheelchair. Ultimately, he was not hired.

The EEOC lawsuit claimed Wal-Mart violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. In 2005, a federal judge in Kansas City granted summary judgment to Wal-Mart, saying that the EEOC didn’t present sufficient evidence on Bradley’s behalf. But last year, the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned that ruling and allowed the lawsuit to proceed.

In addition to the financial settlement, Wal-Mart agreed to provide ADA training to managers at its Richmond store; notify job applicants about the settlement; and inform several Kansas City-area job service agencies that the company seeks to employ qualified persons with disabilities.

“This is an isolated situation that we wish had never happened,” said Daphne Moore, a spokeswoman for Wal-Mart. “It has been resolved to the satisfaction of everyone involved. Wal-Mart is one of the largest employers of persons with disabilities, and our commitment to recruit and retain a diverse work force remains as strong as ever.”

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