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• The Kroger Co. announced yesterday that Tim Brown, who has been serving as vice president of operations for the company’s Virginia division, has been promoted to be president of its Delta division, which is based in Memphis and operates stores in Western Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Arkansas and Missouri.

• Rick Bendel, marketing director at Walmart-owned Asda Group in the UK, reportedly will begin working in a broader marketing-related role for the mother company. He will remain based in London.

Bendel will be succeeded at Asda by Stephen Smith, the former Delhaize executive who has spent the last year as chief marketing officer for Walmart’s China business.
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