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• Family Dollar Stores said yesterday that it has hired Don Hamblen, the former chief marketing officer at Sears, to be its new senior vice president of customer marketing.

• McDonald’s Corp. said yesterday that it has promoted Don Thompson, who has been running its US business, to the role of president/COO of the global business. He succeeds Ralph Alvarez, who resigned last month because of health concerns.
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