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• In Lubbock, Texas, the Avalanche-Journal reports that Dan Sanders has resigned as chief executive officer of 50-store United Supermarkets. Robert Taylor, the company's chief logistics officer, will serve as interim CEO until a search for a replacement is completed.

• Unilever said yesterday that Walt Freese, the CEO and vice president of global brand development for its Ben & Jerry’s brand, is resigning to pursue other investment and business opportunities.
KC's View:
One of Freese’s accomplishments has been to allow Ben & Jerry’s to be on the edge of what corporations usually allow, encouraging the company to invest in the kind of social activism that is part of its cultural DNA. He didn’t treat the company as just another ice cream brand, but rather as a unique entity that deserves a different kind of nurturing. Kudos to him.