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Home Depot Marketing Chief Resigns

BY CSA STAFF

Atlanta, Home Depot Inc. said on Wednesday that its chief marketing officer, Roger Adams, has resigned to pursue other opportunities.

Chairman and chief executive Frank Blake announced the departure of Adams in an internal memo. He didn’t elaborate on the reasons or say what Adams plans to do next.

Adams joined the home improvement chain in February 2005 as senior VP of marketing and was named chief marketing officer in October 2006. He is credited with spearheading Home Depot’s multi-year sponsorship of the National Football League and the company’s True Stories campaign, which features testimonials from actual customers.

John Ross, VP of advertising, has been named interim chief of Home Depot’s marketing unit.

In an unrelated development, the company also reported the theft of a laptop computer containing data for about 10,000 employees.

The files in the laptop varied and may have contained name, address and social security numbers of employees, according to reports.

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U.S. Auto Parts Network Names CEO

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Carson, Calif., Online retailer U.S. Auto Parts Network Inc. has replaced CEO Mehran Nia with former Blockbuster Inc. executive Shane Evangelist.

Before joining U.S. Auto Parts, Evangelist was general manager of Blockbuster Online, where he oversaw the launch of Blockbuster’s online movie-rental service.

Nia served as president and CEO since founding U.S. Auto Parts in 1995 and will continue to serve on the board.

Evangelist will receive a stock-option grant to purchase up to 750,000 shares of common stock over a four-year period, as well as a performance-based option to purchase up to 250,000 shares of stock upon the attainment of certain share-price metrics.

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HSN Names Exec VP, Merchandising

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St. Petersburg, Fla., HSN announced that Lynne Ronon has been named executive VP of merchandising for the company. She will be responsible for planning and directing all of HSN’s merchandising strategies, programs and policies in its key categories.

Most recently, Ronon was with Burberry, where she had been senior VP, North Asia, since 2003.

Ronon is also a 16-year veteran of Saks Fifth Avenue, where she held several senior-management positions.

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