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Following the passing of its longtime chairman Jack Brown last month, Stater Bros. has named a new chairman - Philip J. Smith, its former CFO and most recently the company's vice chairman.

Smith tells the Press-Enterprise that he coming back to the company on a full-time basis after being "more or less semi-retired ... So I’m basically back in the office full-time now for awhile.”

The story notes that Smith joined the company in 1987 as controller, and then "advanced to become executive vice president of finance, chief financial officer and chief accounting officer, titles he held until Brown appointed him as vice chairman of the board in 2012. David Harris succeeded him as CFO."
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