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• HE Butt Grocery Co. announced its CFO, Martin Otto, will take on additional responsibilities as the company’s chief merchant, effective January 1, 2010. He succeeds Steve Harper, who will transition to a part-time role after 16 years with the company.

According to CEO Charles Butt, “Martin is a powerful and well-rounded leader with the proven ability to meet our customers' ever-changing needs. His insight as chief merchant will ensure that we continue to be strongly positioned for success now and in the future.”

Advertising Age reports that Bernhard Glock, 46, VP-global media and communication for Procter & Gamble Co., “is leaving the company, and his duties overseeing the company's roughly $8 billion global media outlay will be split between P&G's former shopper-marketing chief, Dina Howell, and a senior purchasing executive.
The move appears to give purchasing a bigger role in marketing services, as it expands duties for Stewart Atkinson, manager-global marketing purchases, who assumes part of Mr. Glock's role as manager-global brand-building purchases. Mr. Stewart's duties now include overseeing global media agencies in addition to other marketing-services shops, including creative agencies, design, public relations and market research.”

• Staples Inc. announced that it has hired Amee Chande, formerly Walmart’s vice president of business development, to be its new senior vice president of strategy.
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