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• Kroger said yesterday that Jerry Clontz, senior vice president of operations at the company's Harris Teeter division, has been named president of its Mid-Atlantic division; Clontz joined Harris Teeter as a bagger in 1971.

Clontz succeeds Joe Fey, who is retiring from Kroger after 44 years with the company; he began his career there as a meat clerk in 1972.


• The Golub Corporation, parent company of Price Chopper and Market 32 Supermarkets, announced two promotions.

Blaine Bringhurst, Senior Vice President for Sales, Merchandising and Marketing, has been promoted to the position of Executive Vice President Marketing, Merchandising and Store Operations. And Leo Taylor, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, has been promoted to the position of Executive Vice President Administration, where he will continue to oversee Human Resources but will also have responsibility for Information Technology, Distribution, Engineering, Real Estate, Public Relations and Consumer Services.


• Toys R Us announced that it has hired Carla Hassan, most recently senior VP of brand management for PepsiCo.'s global beverage group, to be its new executive vice president and global chief marketing officer.
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