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J.C. Penney marketing chief Boylson retires

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Plano, Texas — J.C. Penney Co. said Tuesday that its veteran marketing chief Mike Boylson has retired from the company. His successor will be selected by newly minted CEO Ron Johnson in what will be the former Apple executive’s first senior-level appointment at J.C. Penney.

Boylson was with the department store chain for more than three decades, the last eight years as chief marketing officer. He said in June he would retire from the company on July 1, according to a J.C. Penney spokeswoman.

Boylson was instrumental in the retailer’s launches of such brands as Liz Claiborne, MNG by Mango and American Living by Polo Ralph Lauren Corp.

In the interim, while Johnson works to fill the position, former senior VP marketing planning and promotions Bill Gentner will serve in the position.

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CVS settles Rhode Island discrimination claim

BY Staff Writer

Providence, R.I. — An Associated Press report on Tuesday said that CVS Caremark Corp. has resolved a complaint over a pre-hiring questionnaire that could discriminate against those with certain mental conditions.

According to the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, the complaint was settled voluntarily.

The ACLU said it filed a complaint with the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights that a CVS online questionnaire for job candidate interview screening could discriminate against applicants with social anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other mental conditions.

CVS has agreed to remove problematic questions and reimburse $6,750 in legal fees.

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Kroger names Smith’s division president

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Cincinnati — The Kroger Co. said Tuesday that it has promoted Mark Tuffin to president of its Smith’s Division, succeeding the retiring Jim Hallsey.

Tuffin joined Smith’s in 1996, and most recently served as VP merchandising. In 2009, he was named VP transition for Kroger.

He will assume responsibilities upon Hallsey’s retirement at the end of July.

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