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Lowe’s names SVP customer experience design

BY Staff Writer

Mooresville, N.C. — Lowe’s announced that Lara Lee will join the company as SVP customer experience design, effective Feb. 25. She will report to Robert J. (Bob) Gfeller, customer experience design executive.

Lee joined Lowe’s from global design and innovation firm Continuum, where she served as chief innovation and operating officer.

Lee will be responsible for translating business strategies into integrated, multichannel experiences that deliver value to home improvement consumers.

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Hastings names COO

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Amarillo, Texas — Hastings Entertainment announced that Alan Van Ongevalle has been promoted to president and COO, effective Feb. 15.

Ongevalle previously served as EVP merchandising and has held various store management and senior management positions since joining Hastings in November 1992.

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Tennessee sex-discrimination claim against Wal-Mart dismissed

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Nashville — A federal judge in Nashville said Wednesday that Wal-Mart Stores’ female employees in Tennessee and four other southern states cannot pursue sex-discrimination claims against Wal-Mart through a class action lawsuit. The class action is denied because it was filed too late.

According to U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger, the class claims are “time-barred,” citing a 1988 decision by the federal appeals court in Cincinnati in a separate case, known as Andrews v. Orr, which blocks the women from joining a new class action.

Judge Trauger didn’t rule on the merits of the women’s claims.

The lawsuit was filed in Nashville last year by three women who claimed that Wal-Mart paid women less than men in comparable jobs and blocked promotions for female workers in five southern states.

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