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OfficeMax names new head of contract business

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Naperville, Ill. — OfficeMax has named new leadership at its contract division. The company announced that, effective April 2, John Kenning will serve as executive VP and president and will report directly to Ravi Saligram, president and CEO of OfficeMax.

"John’s extensive knowledge of managing business-to-business enterprises will add significant value to OfficeMax. We are eager to leverage John’s general management skills and his proven track record of leading sales teams to drive profitable growth as we focus on building momentum in our Contract business," said Saligram.

Most recently, Kenning was president, North America Commercial for ADT Security Services where he was responsible for the complete North American P&L including $2 billion in revenue and 10,000 employees. In that role, he had direct responsibility for all aspects of the business, including sales, applications, operations, IT, human resaources, legal and North American monitoring facilities. Prior to that, he was senior VP global strategic sales and global partners for Nortel Networks Inc. where he championed Nortel’s transition from a product-focused company to a solutions company.

"The OfficeMax contract team is on an exciting trajectory with the addition of a targeted small and medium business sales force," said Kenning. "It is a great time to join the OfficeMax team and I look forward to enhancing the value proposition for our enterprise customers and driving profitable, sustainable growth in the business."

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GRB Holdings launches two new retail websites

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Las Vegas — Internet retailer GRB Holdings on Monday announced the launch of two new e-commerce websites: GreenThumbDecor.com and SilverGroupMall.com/SG1277.

GreenThumbDecor.com is an online store offering home and garden products. SilverGroupMall.com/SG1277 is an affiliate marketer of SilverGroupMall.com and recommends a variety of retailers based on quality, price, and limited time offers. Retailer categories include children, pets, electronics, entertainment, gifts and flowers, accessories and beauty.

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NRF: Don’t broaden cybersecurity legislation

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Washington, D.C. — Two bills designed to protect "covered critical infrastructure" against cyber attacks by terrorists and others should remain focused on their key purpose and not be expanded to include data breach legislation or broad new privacy regimes, the National Retail Federation said.

The cybersecurity bills in question are the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, which was introduced last month by Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee chairman Joseph Lieberman, I-Vt., and ranking member Susan Collins, R-Maine; as well as the the Strengthening and Enhancing Cybersecurity by Using Research, Education, Information and Technology Act, or SECURE IT Act, which was introduced by Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee ranking member Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, and fellow committee member Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

NRF said that while the bills are not directed specifically at retailers, if the legislation is broadened, it may "become a vehicle to which lawmakers would try to attach long-pending proposals regarding online security and privacy." This potentially could include data breach measures that could force retailers to unnecessarily spend millions of dollars on data monitoring services for customers if their databases were hacked.

"Cybersecurity legislation includes the laudable goal of increasing information sharing between the government and private sector, but the goals underlying the cybersecurity legislation and provisions in data breach notification legislation are fundamentally contradictory," NRF senior VP government relations David French said in a letter. "Juxtaposing these contrasting proposals would place businesses in a precarious position when their systems are attacked by cyber criminals. Thoughtful examination and comparison of these pieces of legislation reveal that they are not properly aligned."

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