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Home Depot Names Chief Marketing Officer

BY CSA STAFF

Atlanta The Home Depot Inc. named Frank Bifulco senior VP and chief marketing officer.

He will have full responsibility for the strategic marketing vision of Home Depot along with category marketing and brand development. He will join the company April 28.

John Ross, who served as the interim head of the company’s marketing department while performing his regular duties, will remain in his role of VP, advertising.

Most recently, Bifulco served as chief customer officer and president of Hasbro North America, sales.

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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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Charlotte Russe Chairman To Retire

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San Diego Charlotte Russe Holding Inc. on Thursday said chairman Bernard Zeichner will retire, effective June 1. Director Jennifer Salopek, a principal with ARC Business Advisors LLC in New York, will replace him. She has been on the company’s board since February 2006.

Zeichner was named president and chief executive of Charlotte Russe in 1996 and became chairman in 1999, when the company went public.

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