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• Tesco said this week that it has named Ken Towle, who has been serving as CEO of its China business, to be its new Director of Internet Retailing.

Laura Wade-Gery, who has been running the online business, has been named Commercial Director for clothing, electronics and merchandise.

And Tim Ashdown, who has been COO of Tesco’s Homeplus business in South Korea, has been promoted to be CEO of Tesco China.

• Brookshire Grocery Co. announced that it has promoted Mike Terry, most recently its senior vice president-Super 1 Foods operations, to be its new executive vice president-retail operations.

• The National Retail Federation (NRF) said that it has hired David French to be its new Senior Vice President for Government Relations.  French formerly worked at the International Franchise Association (IFA) as its chief lobbyist.

As part of the announcement, NRF said that with the “recent approval of a new strategic plan, NRF began a restructuring process to support a higher level of engagement on legislative and policy issues. In the coming months, NRF will be adding even more resources including the hiring of additional staff for its government relations team as well as creating a new communications and public affairs department to support its lobbying activity.”
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