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• Bi-Lo has named Michael Byars to be its new president and chief executive, replacing interim CEO Randall Onstead. Byars most recently was president and CEO of Minyard Food Stores in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Onstead has been interim CEO since November 2008, in addition to serving as chairman of the board. He replaced Brian Hotarek, who retired after more than 30 years in the grocery retail industry.

• In the UK, Retail Week reports that Andy Clarke, retail director at Walmart-owned Asda Group, has been promoted to be the company’s new COO.

It also is reported that group trading director Darren Blackhurst has been named chief merchandising officer, and marketing director Rick Bendel has chief marketing officer – new titles that bring Asda into line with Walmart’s overall management structure.

• Cott Corp. has named Jerry Fowden, who has been running the company’s international operations, as its new CEO. He replaces interim CEO David Gibbons, who replaced Brent Willis a year ago.

Fowden is Cott’s fifth CEO in six years.

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