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• Walmart announced the creation of a new c-suite role - chief customer officer - and the hiring of Janey Whiteside, a longtime American Express executive, to fill the job.

Walmart also announced that it has hired healthcare industry veteran Sean Slovenski, formerly the President of the Population Health Division for Healthways and CEO of Care Innovations, an Intel-GE joint venture, to be the new senior vice president of health and wellness at Walmart US.

• Kroger announced the retirement of Atlanta Division President Bruce Lucia and the promotion of Tim Brown, currently Cincinnati/Dayton division president, to succeed him.

In addition, Kroger said, Michigan division President Scott Hays has been promoted to president of the Cincinnati/Dayton division.

• Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG) announced that Scott Welman, the company’s Executive Vice President, Real Estate, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer.

At the same time, AWG saids that Stephanie Becker, the company’s Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, has been promoted to Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.

• Erik Keptner, previously Senior Vice President of Sales, Merchandising and Marketing for the Giant Food Stores division of Ahold Delhaize, has been named Senior Vice President of Marketing for Wakefern Food Corp.

• The Cincinnati Business Courier reports that Brian Athaide, formerly Procter & Gamble’s CFO in Russia, Ukraine and Central Asian nations, has been named CEO of the Green Organic Dutchman Holdings, described as “a cultivator of medical marijuana that plans to expand into cannabis-infused beverages.”
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