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• Netherlands-based Ahold has hired James McCann, formerly executive director at Carrefour, to be its chief commercial development officer, a newly created position. According to the announcement, McCann will be responsible for “developing new and innovative ways to serve customer needs, build customer loyalty and broaden Ahold's offering. He also will be responsible for leading Ahold's e-commerce initiatives and will strengthen the company's online business globally.”

• The Financial Times reports that Judith McKenna, finance director at Asda, has been named as the new COO at the Walmart-owned retailer, succeeding Simon King, who departed after just a half-year in the job.
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