Coleman named to new Comporium VP position
Michael Coleman has been named vice president and chief information officer for Comporium Communications and its subsidiaries, the company announced Monday.
In the newly created position, Coleman will have responsibility for the activities of Comporium data services and the computer systems work groups. The new structure will coordinate the development and support of all of Comporium's software and computer hardware, the company said.
Coleman, a native of Asheville, N.C., holds a bachelor's degree in computer electronics from Berea College. He has worked in a variety of information technology areas, including work as a programmer/analyst and international work in Europe and Asia with Ashland Inc.
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In his 20-year career, he has held several senior level positions, including director of management information system business solutions for Lowe's Companies. Most recently, he served as the vice president of information systems for Advance Auto Parts at the company's corporate headquarters in Roanoke, Va.
Lancaster Lunch & Learn resumes Wednesday
LANCASTER -- Computers in Small Business will be the next topic for the Lunch & Learn series, sponsored by the Small Business Council of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce.
The session, scheduled for noon Wednesday at JoMars Restaurant, will be led by David MacNeil of D&R Computers. The only charge for the session is each individual's lunch cost. The seminar should end by 1 p.m.
All Lancaster County small business owners and staff members are invited to participate. For more information or to register, call the chamber at (803) 283-4105.
Ex-Starbucks CEO to lead restructuring initiative
SEATTLE -- Starbucks said Monday it is bringing its chairman and former chief executive, Howard Schultz, back to lead a major restructuring initiative, replacing CEO Jim Donald.
Starbucks said the leadership shuffle is part of a series of initiatives to increase shareholder value, which also include closing underperforming U.S. stores and slowing the pace of store openings.
The company said it plans to take some of the capital originally intended for U.S. store growth and use it to accelerate its international expansion.
Krispy Kreme chairman to become its CEO
CHARLOTTE, -- After years of trying to get its recipe right to run a profitable company, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts on Monday added yet another ingredient: A new CEO.
The Winston-Salem, N.C.-based doughnut chain announced that Chief Executive Daryl Brewster has resigned and will be replaced with the company's chairman, James Morgan.
Brewster left his position for personal reasons but will stay with Krispy Kreme until the end of January, the company said.
CNBC, New York Times agree to online alliance
NEW YORK -- CNBC and the New York Times said Monday that they will share financial articles and video on their Web sites, an alliance that comes as News Corp. seeks to take them on with its Fox Business Network and the Wall Street Journal.
The collaboration, a first for the Times and CNBC, will include sharing material on business, technology, economics and personal finance.
Under the agreement, CNBC will provide articles and multimedia from its Web site, and the Times will provide content from its online and print editions.
"This is the beginning of a collaborative digital relationship that we hope to expand," said Mark Hoffman, president of CNBC, which is owned by General Electric's NBC Universal.
The allied Web sites will "reach more business decision makers than any other financial Web site in the U.S.," said Vivian Schiller, general manager of NYTimes.com.