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• Unilever announced that Jostein Solheim, who has been working for the manufacturer for 14 years in five countries, has been named the new CEO of its Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream division. He also has been named Unilever’s vice president of Global Brand Development.

• The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Coca-Cola has named Katie Bayne, chief marketing officer for Coca-Cola North America, to be the president and general manager of "sparkling beverages" in North America, succeeding Hendrik Steckhan, who is returning to his native Germany to assume leadership of Coca-Cola's operations there.

Replacing Bayne in the chief marketing slot, the paper writes, will be Beatriz Perez, a 14-year veteran of Coca-Cola who is currently senior vice president of integrated marketing for Coca-Cola North America.
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