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• Bob Ling, executive vice president of Unified Grocers, Inc., has been elected 2008 2009 Chairman of the California Grocers Association.

• CHEP, the pallet and container pooling services company, has named Brian Malloy as its new Chief Customer Officer of CHEP USA. Malloy remains in his current position as Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the US operation.

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