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U.S. Auto Parts Network Names CEO

BY CSA STAFF

Carson, Calif., Online retailer U.S. Auto Parts Network Inc. has replaced CEO Mehran Nia with former Blockbuster Inc. executive Shane Evangelist.

Before joining U.S. Auto Parts, Evangelist was general manager of Blockbuster Online, where he oversaw the launch of Blockbuster’s online movie-rental service.

Nia served as president and CEO since founding U.S. Auto Parts in 1995 and will continue to serve on the board.

Evangelist will receive a stock-option grant to purchase up to 750,000 shares of common stock over a four-year period, as well as a performance-based option to purchase up to 250,000 shares of stock upon the attainment of certain share-price metrics.

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Blockbuster Names General Counsel

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Dallas, Blockbuster said Tuesday that it has appointed Eric Peterson as executive VP, general counsel and secretary for the company.

Most recently, Peterson was executive VP and general counsel for the former TXU, a $32 billion Fortune 200 Dallas-based energy company

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Wal-Mart’s Head of Outreach to Exit

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Bentonville, Ark., Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s head of outreach to environmental groups, Harriet Hentges, is leaving the company.

The former nun and conflict-resolution expert is leaving Wal-Mart just over a year after she was hired to help the world’s largest retailer rally support from environmental groups and other nonprofits in its battles with union-led critics.

Hentges, who was hired in July 2006 as Wal-Mart’s first “director of stakeholder engagement,” will leave Friday for personal reasons, Wal-Mart spokesman David Tovar said.

Tovar also said Wal-Mart is seeking a replacement for the same position and remains committed to working with outside groups on issues including the environment.

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