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• The Brookshire Grocery Co. announced yesterday that company chairman Bradley W. Brookshire will now serve as the company’s chairman and CEO. he succeeds the retiring Rick Rayford in the CEO role; Rayford has retired after 44 years with the company.

Brookshire is the grandson of the company’s founder Wood T. Brookshire and has served as chairman of the board since 2007. He is part of the third generation of the Brookshire family members to lead the company.

• Weis Markets announced John Grimes, the company's director of meat and seafood, has been promoted to vice president of meat and seafood.

At the same time, Dale Lubold, seafood senior category manager, has been promoted to director of seafood.

WCPO-TV News reports that "Long-time Kroger Co. executive and former Cincinnati Public Schools school board member Lynn Marmer will oversee the effort to reduce childhood poverty in Greater Cincinnati.

"Marmer will become executive director of the Child Poverty Collaborative on Feb. 1, she told WCPO Thursday. She is retiring from her position as Kroger's group vice president for corporate affairs at the end of January."

"We are a thriving community in so many ways. But we'll never really be a thriving community until everyone's included," Marmer tells the station. "I've done a lot of work in hunger relief. I've done a lot of work in education. And it's just kind of a coming together."

KC's View: Kudos to Lynn for looking for ways to continue to contribute in a post-Kroger life. I admire this tremendously.
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