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• The Associated Press reports that Gary Hirshberg, CEO of Danone-owned Stonyfield Farm, is stepping down and and handing over responsibilities of the organic yogurt company to Walt Freese, the former CEO of Ben & Jerry's.

Hirshberg reportedly is remaining as chairman of Stonyfield, but wants to spend more time focusing on national food and agriculture policy, as well as working on the Obama re-election effort.

• Remember Julie Roehm, who went from being a marketing wiz at Ford and Chrysler to what can generously be called a tempestuous and short tenure at Walmart? Well, Advertising Age reports that she’s landed her first full-time gig since the Walmart debacle, as senior VP-marketing at business-software company SAP.
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