HIRED. NICK LEESON, 38, former expatriate banker in Singapore who brought about the collapse of the U.K.'s Barings Bank in 1995; as commercial manager of soccer club Galway United; in Galway, Ireland. Leeson, whose autobiography Rogue Trader became a best seller and was made into a movie starring Ewan McGregor, has been in demand as a speechmaker since his release from prison in 1999. The Galway appointment is his first new job in a decade.

RETIRING. LANCE ARMSTRONG, 33, six-time Tour de France winner; after this year's Tour ends in July. Armstrong, who overcame testicular cancer, told reporters...

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