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• Kansas City-based Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. (AWG) announced that Dan Funk, the company's Chief Supply Chain and Merchandising Officer, has been promoted to the role of COO.

In addition, AWG said that Jeff Pedersen, its EVP, Chief Sales & Support Officer, will "assume the functional oversight for the growing VMC subsidiary," which is in the business of "procurement and marketing of Health, Beauty & Wellness, General & Seasonal Merchandise, Natural, Organic and Specialty Food, and Pharmacy programs."

And, Tye Anthony, the company's VP - AWG Brands and Merchandising, is being promoted to a new role as SVP, Merchandising.

• Stater Bros. announced that Dennis McIntyre, the company's executive vice president-marketing, has been named its chief marketing officer.

• Arts and crafts retailer Michaels announced that Mark Cosby, its interim CEO since last February, is having the "interim" removed from his title.

Cosby's previous jobs included being president, North America at Office Depot Inc. and president of retail at CVS Caremark.
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