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Penney Honored for Workplace Diversity

BY CSA STAFF

Dallas, J. C. Penney Co. was honored at this year’s Corporate Equality Index Awards for the company’s perfect score on the 2007 Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equality Index. The index is the only nationally recognized measure of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender workplace equality. As part of this recognition, J.C. Penney will be included on HRC’s “Best Places to Work” list as well as the organization’s annual “Buying for Equality” guide.

“Inclusion and diversity are integral to our goal of making J.C. Penney the preferred choice for a retail career,” said Michael Theilmann, executive VP and chief human resources officer for J.C. Penney.

HRC honored the chain for its implementation of comprehensive workplace policies and associate benefits, such as domestic partner benefits, comprehensive diversity training sessions and an associate affinity group.

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Former CEO of Walmart.com to Head NetShops

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Omaha, Neb., NetShops Inc., a developer and operator of specialty niche e-commerce Web sites, announced Thursday the appointment of Carter Cast as CEO. He most recently served as president and CEO of Walmart.com, which he helped launch in 2000 and develop into one of the highest volume e-commerce sites in the world. Prior to Walmart.com, Cast was a member of the start-up team for Blue Nile.

“Online shopping is continuing to grow at a double-digit rate as consumers increasingly turn to the Internet to find both common and out-of-the-ordinary products,” Cast said. “NetShops’ unique business model of creating hundreds of niche, specialty e-commerce stores offers consumers significantly more choice than any physical retailer can.”

Doug Nielsen, co-founder and president/CEO of NetShops, will assume the title of chairman.

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Home Depot Marketing Chief Resigns

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Atlanta, Home Depot Inc. said on Wednesday that its chief marketing officer, Roger Adams, has resigned to pursue other opportunities.

Chairman and chief executive Frank Blake announced the departure of Adams in an internal memo. He didn’t elaborate on the reasons or say what Adams plans to do next.

Adams joined the home improvement chain in February 2005 as senior VP of marketing and was named chief marketing officer in October 2006. He is credited with spearheading Home Depot’s multi-year sponsorship of the National Football League and the company’s True Stories campaign, which features testimonials from actual customers.

John Ross, VP of advertising, has been named interim chief of Home Depot’s marketing unit.

In an unrelated development, the company also reported the theft of a laptop computer containing data for about 10,000 employees.

The files in the laptop varied and may have contained name, address and social security numbers of employees, according to reports.

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