Comcast to hire 5,500 people to bolster customer service

Comcast says it is planning to hire thousands and roll out new tools to improve its customer service.

The Philadelphia company has long been dogged by a terrible reputation for customer service. It told a cable industry trade show in Chicago that it will add 5,500 customer service jobs over the next few years, build three new call centers and add technicians.

It also wants to simplify its bills and will begin testing new versions in Portland, Oregon, in June.

Buffett auctioning lunch to benefit homeless charity

Those hoping to sit down to a meal with billionaire Warren Buffett should be prepared to shell out big bucks. Buffett will again auction off a private lunch to raise money for a California homeless charity. Buffett is chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.

Bidding for the lunch on eBay will begin May 31 and close June 5. Bidding starts at $25,000. Bidders must prequalify.

The annual auction benefits the Glide Foundation, which provides social services to the poor and homeless in San Francisco.

Last year’s winner paid nearly $2.2 million to dine with Buffett. The winning bids have topped $2 million for the past six years.

The winner can invite up to seven friends to join the lunch at Smith & Wollensky steakhouse in New York City.

Apple executive tops pay list for women with $82.6 million

Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of retail and online stores, was the highest-paid woman executive in the U.S. last year. The former chief executive officer of London-based fashion retailer Burberry Group was awarded $82.6 million in 2014, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Ahrendts, 54, joined the world’s most-valuable company in May 2014 and became the first woman on its management team.

Ahrendts’s pay included a sign-on bonus and a make-whole grant for awards left behind at Burberry. The pay package is currently valued at $105.5 million. Josh Rosenstock, a spokesman for Apple, wouldn’t comment on her compensation.

— From news service reports