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Ruby Tuesday appoints PepsiCo exec as marketing chief

BY Dan Berthiaume

Maryville, Tenn. – Ruby Tuesday Inc. has appointed David Skena as chief marketing officer.

During the past nine years, Skena progressed through PepsiCo Inc. with increasing levels of responsibility, most recently serving as the VP of premium and value brands.

In the chief marketing officer role, Skena will be responsible for developing and implementing effective marketing strategies and initiatives to build brand awareness and customer loyalty through traditional media, digital and social channels, and other innovative platforms.

Prior to PepsiCo, Skena served more than six years at Kraft Foods Inc. in brand management for multiple product lines.

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NRF: Business seeks ACA changes

BY Dan Berthiaume

Washington, D.C. – Following up on last month’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the National Retail Federation (NRF) and other business groups today urged Congress to move quickly on reforms to the five-year-old healthcare law.

“We write to urge Congress to put priority attention toward easing the cost and compliance burdens associated with the Affordable Care Act,” the groups said in a letter to members of the House and Senate.

“Though the broader debate continues with respect to the ACA overall, there are numerous bipartisan bills that could bring real relief to the employers we represent and their employees,” the letter said. “Though the needs are diverse, their timing is urgent. We strongly urge you to enact as many of these changes to the ACA as possible before the end of the year.”

The letter was signed by NRF and 23 other groups representing retailers, restaurants, supermarkets, franchises, insurance, human resources and other industries. Since each of the groups has its own priorities for reform of the ACA, the letter called for broad action rather than addressing specific legislation.

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Sears Hometown & Outlet gets hometown recognition

BY Dan Berthiaume

Hoffman Estates, Ill. – Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores Inc. is getting a little love from its hometown. For the third consecutive year, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores has been recognized as one of “Chicago's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” by the National Association for Business Resources.

The list highlights companies that deliver and uphold exceptional practices in human resources. Participating companies and their employees were surveyed and evaluated on the workplace environment. Criteria included: compensation, benefits and employee solutions; employee enrichment, engagement and retention; employee education and development; recruitment selection and orientation; employee achievement and recognition; communication and shared vision; diversity and inclusion; work-life balance; community initiatives and strategic company performance.

"We recognize the great role employee satisfaction plays in the overall success of our company and are proud to be recognized for such a prestigious award three years in a row,” said Will Powell, president and CEO of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores. “This confirms that our efforts to make Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores a great place to work are effective. We strive to be a valued member of each society in which we serve, and that starts from within our organization."

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