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•The Seattle Times reports that Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal is severing his last formal tie to the company, stepping down from the board of directors of the company he helped start almost 35 years ago.

At the company’s annual shareholders meeting, Sinegal said, “It’s time. … I’ve served for a long period of time, and I think that the company is in very good hands.”

CEO Craig Jelinek took over from Sinegal in 2012.

Sinegal, the Times writes, also “talked about the unexpected death six months ago of his partner in the venture, co-founder and board chairman Jeff Brotman … Sinegal described the ‘enormous hole in all of our hearts’ left by Brotman’s death last July. ‘He was a guy I truly love,” Sinegal said.”

• Bartell Drugs announced that Adam Wampler, most recently the Northern California Senior Vice President of Operations for Safeway/Albertsons, has been hired as its new Senior Vice President of Operations.

• The Houston Business Journal reports that John Hackett, most recently senior vice president of Global Juice, Dairy & Plant-Based Beverages for Coca-Cola, has been named president of the company’s Minute Maid business unit.

Hackett succeeds James Dinkins, who has been named president of Coca-Cola North America.
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