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• Wal-Mart has hired Julie Roehm, the director of marketing communications at Chrysler Group, to be its new senior vice president – global marketing communications.

Roehm is hardly considered a safe choice for Wal-Mart. She is described by Advertising Age as variously “risk-taking,” “controversial,” and “edgy.”

• Seattle-based Associated Grocers hired David Brumley to be vice president of human resources, replacing Dick Harding, who left the company.
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