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• Kroger announced that Donna Giordano, president of its Quality Food Centers (QFC) division in Seattle, has been promoted to the presidency of its Los Angeles-based Ralphs division.

She succeeds Mike Donnelly, who was recently promoted to senior vice president of merchandising for Kroger.  

• The Ohio Grocers Association (OGA) announced that it has hired Nate Filler as its new president/CEO, succeeding Tom Jackson, who is retiring after a quarter-century with the association.

According to the announcement, “Filler comes to OGA after managing state government relations for Cardinal Health, one of Ohio’s largest companies. Previously, Nate held various positions in the Ohio House of Representatives, including serving as policy advisor to former House Speaker and current Secretary of State, Jon Husted. He also worked as legislative aide to former State Representative and Lt. Governor candidate, Tom Raga ... Prior to his political career, Mr. Filler spent nearly a decade working for the Kroger Company.”

• Walmart announced that it has named Morten Knudsen - currently the vice president for corporate finance at Danone - to be its new CFO for Asia. He replaces Roland Lawrence, one of several Walmart Asia execs who left the company recently for other opportunities.
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