Unifi Network announced the findings of the Severance & Retention Practices: 2001 survey that examines executive employment agreements and company-wide severance pay practices across an array of industries and company sizes.

Verizon has appointed David Valdez to succeed Shelley Harms in leading the company's privacy efforts.

Compaq Computer Corporation announced the U.S. availability of new Spanish-language Presario 5000T Series Internet PCs.

Buoyed by the growing importance of the Internet as a distribution medium, and overcoming the 2001 U.S. economic slowdown, the global entertainment and media industry will reach $1.2 trillion by 2005, growing at a 7.2 percent compound annual rate.

CreatAbility is flexing its Latin American capabilities with a 120-day initiative targeting U.S. based companies with business in the Americas.

Detailed research into the role of advertising during a recession shows that advertisers taking an aggressive approach can gain significant market share and sales, as their competitors cut back. Nicola Lockey, VP Strategic Planning at J.

Sí TV, a Los Angeles based television production company, and Coca-Cola announced an advertising agreement supporting three Sí TV properties. Coca-Cola will sponsor Sí TV's 6th Annual Latino Laugh Festival, being held in San Antonio from June 28th - July 1st.

Unilever announced that it will put up for sale its U.S. Iberia Foods business, a leading distributor of food and consumer products to the Hispanic-American market.

Merrill Lynch has cut its rating of Grupo Televisa to accumulate from buy.

As more than 60 million Americans in their prime working years grow older and retire in the next 30 years, foreign-born workers will be needed to fill job openings and provide critical skills to the U.S. labor market, according to an analysis by the Employment Policy Foundation.

The Gable Group announced the hiring of Jose Moreno as its director of public affairs.

Chrysler Group President and CEO Dieter Zetsche told an audience of more than 500 people at the Women's Economic Club lunch today at Detroit's Cobo Hall that the company is committed to promoting women's careers and women's issues.

Microsoft Corp. announced that Claudette Whiting, a 20-year industry veteran and former director of employee initiatives for DuPont, will join Microsoft as senior director of diversity.

Based on new data, IDC has revised its U.S. PC shipment forecast for 2001, lowering it from the previously expected 2.2% growth to a 6.3% decline from 2000. IDC has also taken down its worldwide forecast number for the full year, dropping it from 10.3% to only 5.8% over 2000.

If a nation wants to participate and prosper in today's global economy, it will first have to bridge its "digital divide." That is, it will need to ensure information and communications technology is available and accessible to all segments of the population.