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• Seattle-based Bartell Drugs announced that it has hired Brian Unmacht, formerly the COO and interim CEO at outdoor gear retailer REI, to be its new president. Unmacht has been a member of Bartell’s board of directors since 2011.


• The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the JM Smucker Co. "is searching for a new president of its Consumer Foods division after the unexpected resignation of Paul Smucker Wagstaff last month. Wagstaff, a great-great-grandson of company founder Jerome Monroe Smucker who had spent nearly 19 years at the company, resigned Dec. 5 from the board of directors and from his role as president of U.S. retail consumer foods."

Wagstaff reportedly left for "personal reasons," though the company said there were no health issues involved.
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