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New director for 3M

BY HBSDealer Staff

3M has appointed Sondra Barbour to its board of directors. 

Barbour currently is executive VP of Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions business division and an officer of Lockheed Martin.

Prior to Barbour’s current position, she served as senior VP of the Enterprise Business Services organization and Lockheed’s chief information officer, heading all of the corporation’s internal information technology operations, including protecting the company’s infrastructure and information from cyber threats. Her experience also includes leadership in Shared Services and Internal Audit functions providing knowledge and oversight of supply chain activities, internal controls, and risk management.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Ms. Barbour to our board,” said Inge Thulin, 3M chairman, president and CEO. “She is a talented and proven business leader with valuable insight and tremendous experience with leading large-scale information systems operations.”

Active in the global business community, Barbour has been a Director at Lockheed Martin Australia Pty Ltd, a subsidiary company focused on security and aerospace, since 2013. She was recognized by Fortune Magazine last year as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business.”

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HCN Stock Watch: Hanging in there

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With a stagnant retail sales report this morning, it wasn’t a great day for economic indicators. However, HCN stocks performed decently on Wednesday.

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IKEA Miami gets ready for launch

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IKEA is prepping for the grand opening of its new Miami-Dade location, set to open on Aug. 27, 2014 to mark the company’s second South Florida outpost.

“Construction work has advanced far enough to allow the interior build-up process and finishing details to be complete by August 27,” noted Selwyn Crittendon, store manager of the future IKEA Miami. “Now our primary goal is the final training of the more-than-350 local hires joining the IKEA coworker family.”

Customers will be able to begin lining up at the door 48 hours in advance of the opening to take advantage of grand opening promotions.

The new 416,000-sq.-ft. store is located in Sweetwater adjacent to the Dolphin Mall, at the intersection of the Dolphin Expressway and the Florida Turnpike. It will also feature South Florida’s largest rooftop solar array.

As is typical for the Swedish retailer, IKEA Miami will house nearly 10,000 products, 44 room vignettes, three model home interiors, a supervised play area for kids and an in-house restaurant.

The opening is set to create 350 jobs, in addition to the 500 jobs created from construction.

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