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Report: Wal-Mart Reassigning Environmental Head

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Bentonville, Ark., Andrew Rubin, who as VP of corporate strategy and sustainability at Wal-Mart Stores helped drive sustainability and environmental concerns within the chain, will be moving to a new position as head of private-label strategy, published reports said Friday.

Ruben will be replaced by Matthew Kistler, currently senior VP for marketing at Sam’s Club, according to The New York Times, which based its report on a company memo.

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Penney Names Bedding VP

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Plano, Texas, J.C. Penney Co. has appointed Stephen Dinkins to the position of divisional VP and divisional merchandise manager for furniture and bedding. He will report to Jeff Allison, executive VP and general merchandise manager.

Prior to accepting this role, Dinkins was senior-bedding buyer at J.C. Penney. He succeeds Bob Price, who left the company in May after 32 years and now serves as a VP at Art Van Furniture.

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Penney Honored for Workplace Diversity

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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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