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• Kroger said yesterday that Scot Hendricks, vice president of operations for the company's Cincinnati/Dayton division, has been promoted to the presidency of its delta division, based in Memphis and overseeing stores in western Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Arkansas and Missouri.

Hendricks succeeds Tim Brown, recently named president of Kroger's Cincinnati/Dayton division.

• In Minnesota, the Star Tribune reports that Target Corp. has hired Anu Gupta for the new position of senior vice president of operational excellence, charged with working "to improve its operations, such as keeping shelves stocked and simplifying its processes."

Gupta "joins Target from private equity investment firm Hellman & Friedman, where she was a senior operating executive in charge of improving productivity and business processes," the story says, adding that previously, "she was vice president for process and profit improvement at Michaels, the arts and crafts retailer, from 2008 to 2013 and held a leadership role at grocery chain Safeway for three years before that."
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