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• Safeway announced that Jonathan Mayes, the Group Vice President of Government Relations and a 16-year company veteran, has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Government Relations, Public Affairs, Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy.

• Marks and Spencer in the UK announced that it has hired Alan Stewart as its new CFO. Stewart, who used to be the finance director at WHSmith, most recently was CFO at aircraft leasing company AWAS.

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