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• Kroger Co. has appointed Reuben Shaffer, the company’s vice president of retail operations for the Cincinnati/Dayton division since 2001, to be its chief diversity officer, effective immediately.

In this position, Shaffer will oversee Kroger’s diversity initiatives, including supplier diversity and integrating the company’s ongoing commitment to create an inclusive culture into business and organization initiatives. Kroger says that it currently spends more than $1 billion with nearly 1,000 minority- and women-owned companies.

• The National Grocers Association (NGA) announced the appointment of Brian D. Callahan as the Manager of Government Affairs.  Callahan most recently was a consultant on international trade, state level human resource and labor issues, and prior to that he worked for the American Bakers Association (ABA) as Manager, Federal Government Relations covering healthcare, labor and transportation issues. 
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