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Gupta removed as InfoGROUP chairman

Miami Herald- Database provider InfoGROUP Inc. said Tuesday it has removed founder Vin Gupta as chairman, citing excessive corporate expenditures and expense reimbursements.

The changes are the result of an internal investigation, which came in response to an ongoing Securities and Exchange Commission investigation and a shareholder lawsuit. Gupta will continue to serve as chief executive officer of the company, which used to be named InfoUSA.

The company also said Gupta has "orally agreed" with the Board of Directors’ Special Litigation Committee to pay InfoGROUP $9 million. According to a news release, the payment is subject to a settlement agreement and court approval, but it’s not clear if it is referring to settlement of the shareholders lawsuit.

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