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• Michigan-based Meijer said yesterday that J. K. Symancyk has been named the company's president, just a year after he was named COO.

The company also said that Mark Murray has been named to the new position of Co-CEO, where he will serve with current CEO Hank Meijer.

• The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) announced that Josh Katz, Ph.D. will be its new Director of Food Safety Programs, reporting to Hilary Thesmar, Ph.D., RD, FMI’s vice president of food safety programs.

According to FMI, " Katz’s most recent work includes earning his doctorate at University of California Davis in nutritional biology, specializing in human health risk assessment. During this time, he produced five publications, three as first author and two as co-author, investigating the impact of diet on consumer issues, such as food safety (pesticides, acrylamide, cyanide) and nutrition. Prior to earning his degree, Katz spent eight years in the food safety assessment industry, first with The Steritech Group and then with Davis Fresh Technologies."
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