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Report: Publishing exec leaves Amazon

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – Larry Kirshbaum, a publishing industry executive who joined Amazon.com’s New York-based publishing unit in 2011, is reportedly leaving the company to become a literary agent. According to the Associated Press, Kirshbaum, who formerly was in charge of the Time Warner Book Group will officially leave his position in January 2014.

The Associated Press quoted an Amazon.com spokesperson as saying the company will continue efforts to grow its New York publishing office and create new publishing imprints. Barnes & Noble, among other major competing booksellers, does not stock books published by Amazon.com, which reportedly impeded Kirshbaum’s ability to sign authors.

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Brooks Brothers names exec VP of global human resources

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Brooks Brothers today announced that Mary Pytko has joined the company as its new executive VP of global human resources.

Pytko has held leadership roles at companies including American Express and Lord & Taylor. Most recently she was senior VP, human resources at the Thomson Reuters Corporation.

“Mary brings a wealth of experience and a global perspective to the position,” said Matteo Del Vecchio, Brooks Brothers’ Chief Administrative Officer. “I welcome her to Brooks Brothers and look forward to working together as we continue our rapid expansion across the U.S., and around the globe.”

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Former CMO of Kohl’s joins Cardtronics board

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York — The former chief marketing officer of Kohl’s, Julie Gardner, has joined the board of Cardtronics, which operates more than 80,000 ATMs at locations throughout the United States and internationally.

Gardner spent 14 years at Kohl’s and most recently served as executive VP and chief marketing officer. Prior to Kohl’s, Gardner was with the Eckerd Corp., a regional drugstore chain that was eventually acquired by CVS.

"Julie will be a valuable asset on Cardtronics’ board, given her marketing expertise in the retail industry and background with rapid business expansion, as well as her insights with drugstore chains, a key retailer constituent of Cardtronics,” said board chairman Dennis Lynch.

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