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QVC names HR exec

BY Staff Writer

West Chester, Pa. — QVC announced Monday that Beth Rubino has been promoted to executive VP human resources and workplace services, reporting to QVC president and CEO Mike George.

Rubino was previously senior VP human resources and workplace services.

In addition to her global human resources role, Rubino will continue to oversee QVC’s corporate communications, as well as its community affairs programs and corporate social responsibility efforts.

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InComm launches digital content and gaming destination at Best Buy Mexico

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Atlanta — Prepaid product and transaction services company InComm said Monday that it has teamed with Best Buy Co. to launch a digital content and gaming destination at eight Best Buy stores in Mexico.

Best Buy has partnered with InComm for nine years in the United States and this new offering represents a global expansion of the relationship.

The InComm prepaid destination includes digital content and gaming products such as iTunes, Play Station, Club Penguin, IMVU and Zynga.

“Best Buy is already well-known as a leading retailer for prepaid products in the U.S. and InComm is excited to help it establish the same reputation in Mexico,” said Frank Monaco, VP International, InComm. “We have a great opportunity to help grow the prepaid market in Mexico by offering those consumers a convenient and secure way to purchase the digital content and online games they want.”

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Illinois lawmakers reach deal to keep Sears HQ in state

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Chicago –Illinois House leaders have agreed to pass tax breaks in order to keep Sears Holdings Corp. from abandoning its Hoffman Estates, Ill., headquarters in search of a new out-of-state home, according to Reuters.

The deal is also designed to keep Ill.-based securities and commodities trading company CME Group in-state as well.

The House had previously shot down the tax package.

"We have come to an agreement on a jobs package that will give some relief to a broad base of businesses in our state," said House Minority Leader Tom Cross (R).

The agreement appears to pave the way for relief for the companies, which had threatened to leave the state over heavy tax burdens.

The Illinois House voted in November against a plan that would have given $100 million in tax relief to Sears and CME. The state Senate had previously voted in favor of the package.

The Illinois House is expected to vote on Monday and the Senate on Tuesday.

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