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• Albertsons announced that Dan Valenzuela, who has been running its Seattle division, has been named president of its Safeway Eastern Division, effective immediately. He succeeds Steve Burnham.

• The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon has hired away from eBay Hassan Sawaf, described as an artificial intelligence expert whose goal it will be to improve “the user experience for users of Amazon’s search capability across all products and businesses.”

The story notes that with its Alexa family of voice recognition devices, Amazon "is part of the scramble to develop artificial intelligence assistants, including Apple Inc.’s Siri, Alphabet Inc. ’s Google Now and Microsoft Corp. ’s Cortana. These companies and others are pouring money into artificial intelligence, which is expected to run everything from automobiles to houses in the future."

• Target announced that Jeff Jones, its chief marketing officer, has resigned "to pursue another opportunity." The company said that it is looking both inside and outside the company for a successor.

• Weis Markets announced it has promoted its corporate controller, Jeanette Rogers to vice president/corporate controller; she will continue in her roles as chief accounting officer and assistant treasurer.
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