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HP Poaches Dell CIO Mott

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Palo Alto, Calif., Technology giant Hewlett-Packard has hired former Wal-Mart CIO Randy Mott away from his most recent employer, Dell. Mott will serve as HP’s new CIO.

Mott has held the CIO post at Dell for the past five years. Prior to that, he spent 22 years at Wal-Mart Stores, including six years as senior VP and CIO.

HP will pay Mott a base salary of $690,000 per year, an option to buy 500,000 shares of HP common stock, and a short-term bonus opportunity of 100% of base salary guaranteed at target for the 2006 fiscal year and the remainder of 2005. Mott also will be awarded a $2.2 million signing bonus; a $1 million relocation bonus; restricted stock worth more than $7.1 million; and targeted long-term performance cash of $7 million for a three-year performance cycle, of which $5 million is guaranteed.

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Hundreds of Walgreens Pharmacists Return to Work

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Deerfield, Ill., Hundreds of striking Walgreens pharmacists have returned to work in Chicago-area stores. The actual number of pharmacists that have returned to work varies between reports from Walgreens and the National Pharmacists Association union. According to Walgreens, 409 pharmacists or about 36% have returned to work. The union, however, reports 300 pharmacists or about 25% have returned.

The strike, organized by the union, has entered its second week and was called to address staffing shortages and working conditions. Walgreens reported the return of pharmacists has allowed 64 pharmacies to return to their normal hours, including 25 pharmacies that are open 24 hours.

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Kohl’s Effects Turnaround With New Brands

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Menomonee Falls, Wis., Ayear-long climb on Wall Street, which culminated in a 14.4 % jump in June sales, is due, say analysts, to a host of new clothing lines that have helped drive store traffic and boost sales at Kohl’s.

After 2003-2004 struggles with stagnant fashion sales and excess inventories, Kohl’s made a big investment in brands and rolled out an exclusive string of new apparel names that were more fashion-forward and more popular with shoppers.

Next up for Kohl’s is an expansion of the jewelry and home offerings, as well as a deal to sell clothing under the skateboarder Tony Hawk’s Quicksilver brand and Candie’s brand.

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