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• Starbucks said yesterday that it has hired Matthew Ryan, most recently Walt Disney's senior vice president of brand, franchise and customer relationship management, to be its new global chief strategy officer.

Ryan said he made the move because “Starbucks, like Disney, is one of the few companies in the world that has truly authentic connections with their customers that stand the test of time."

• The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) announced the appointment of Karin F.R. Moore, former vice president and co-general counsel at he Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA), as GMA's new vice president and general counsel.
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