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• SymphonyIRI Group, Inc. announced that Andrew Appel, former COO at Aon, has joined the company as president and chief executive officer. Appel, who also joins SymphonyIRI’s board of directors, succeeds John G. Freeland, who moves into a new interim role as executive vice chairman and will remain on the board of directors until his retirement later in 2012.

• Save Mart Supermarkets announced that Brett Wing is the new Vice President of its FoodMaxx Operations. Wing comes from Cub Foods/Supervalu in Hudson, Wisconsin and brings 35 years of grocery store and senior management experience.
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