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Duke president stepping down in 2017

April 29, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Duke University President Richard Brodhead will take a year's sabbatical then return to teaching and writing. He has led the university for 12 years. During his tenure, he has overseen more than $1 billion in construction projects and the opening of a new campus in China.

Ally's new general counsel to be based in Charlotte

April 29, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

Ally Financial named Scott Stengel, 44, its new general counsel. Nearly half of the Detroit-based lender's 16 top executives now will be based in Charlotte. The company's CEO, chief financial officer and chief compliance officer are already based in the Queen City. Stengel replaces William Solomon, who is based in Detroit and is retiring.

Hanesbrands appeases investors with 3-prong strategy

April 29, 2016

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Hanesbrands' shares had fallen to a 52-week low of $23.25 earlier this year, with investors wondering what the Winston-Salem company would do next. On Wednesday, the company announced its largest acquisition to date — it will pay $800 million for Pacific Brands of Australia — and approved a share repurchase authorization for up to 40 million shares. Its board also declared a first-quarter dividend of 11 cents a share.

Report: Ingram stepping down as chairman of Valeant

April 29, 2016

(WRAL TechWire)

Drugmaker Valeant's newly appointed CEO Joseph Papa is expected to assume the role of chairman, The Wall Street Journal reports. Current Chairman Bob Ingram is expected to give up his post as early as Friday. Ingram, a former CEO of Glaxo Wellcome and general partner at Durham-based Hatteras Venture Partners, has been chairman or lead director of the Quebec-based drugmaker since 2010.

Visitor spending on the rise at national parks in NC

April 29, 2016

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

The latest report from the National Park Service shows that 17.8 million visitors spent $1.19 billion in North Carolina in 2015, supporting 19,984 jobs and generating an economic impact of $1.67 billion. The Blue Ridge Parkway is the most popular attraction in the NPS with more than 15 million visitors in 2015. 

Duke Energy to increase investments in renewables

April 29, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte-based Duke Energy plans to increase its wind, solar and biomass capacity to 8,000 megawatts by 2020, raising its goal of 6,000 megawatts set in 2013 by 33%. At the end of 2015, the company owned or purchased nearly 4,400 megawatts of renewable energy: 49% wind, 39% solar and 12% biomass.

Hanesbrands buying Australia's Pacific Brands for $800 million

April 28, 2016

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Pacific Brands is Australia's top underwear company, best known for its Bonds brand. It will be the sixth acquisition for Winston-Salem-based Hanesbrands in the last three years. The company paid $585 million for Maidenform Brands in 2013 and $528 million for European manufacturer DBApparel in 2014 and just announced a $228 million deal to buy Champion Europe.

ECU names former Georgia state senator as its new chancellor

April 28, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Cecil Staton, 58, is currently interim president of Georgia's Valdosta State University and vice chancellor for extended education for the University System of Georgia. He served as a Republican state senator in Georgia from 2005-2014. The Greenville, S.C., native will begin July 1 and will receive an annual salary of $450,000, making him the third highest-paid chancellor in the UNC System. Staton succeeds Steve Ballard, who is stepping down after 12 years in the position.

BofA shareholders approve directors; CEO calls for HB2 repeal

April 28, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

At Bank of America's annual shareholder meeting, CEO Brian Moynihan repeated the bank's position that HB2 should be repealed. Shareholders approved all directors and compensation for top executives, while Moynihan fielded questions about continued weak stock performance and defended his decision to maintain his primary residence in Boston. Related: How much NC bank CEOs get paid

High Point U announces $160M in new construction

April 28, 2016

(News & Record, Greensboro)

The university will build a residence hall for 310 students, a $60 million science building and a $70 million arena and convention center. The arena will have 5,000 permanent seats but will be able to accommodate up to 6,500 people for concerts and ceremonies. The convention center will hold up to 2,500 people. The projects will be paid for through fundraising and operating revenues.