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Retired chairman of KPMG joins Wal-Mart board

BY Marianne Wilson

Bentonville, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores announced on Monday that the retired chairman of accounting and consulting firm KPMG International has joined its board of directors, effective immediately.

Timothy Flynn, 55, will serve as a member of the retailer’s audit committee and becomes the 17th member of Wal-Mart’s board.

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Williams-Sonoma names CFO

BY Staff Writer

San Francisco — Williams-Sonoma has named Julie Whalen as permanent CFO. Whalen replaces Sharon McCollam, who retired in March. Whalen had been serving as acting CFO since McCollam retired.

Whalen joined Williams-Sonoma, which operates namesake stores, Pottery Barn, West Elm, and other stores, in 2001 and has served in a variety of positions, including treasurer.

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Several Walmart stores evacuated after bomb threat; no explosives found

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New York — Seven Walmart stores in Missouri were evacuated after receiving bomb threats but no explosives were found and no injuries were reported, according to Reuters.

The threats were called in late on Friday to stores in Raytown, Gladstone, Jefferson City, Nixa, St. Peters and Ozark, the report said.

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