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•  Published reports say that after just 16 months as chairman of Lidl US, Roman Heini has left the company to "pursue other interest" and "spend more time with his family."

In a LinkedIn posting, Heini wrote, in part, "that I have gotten to spend this time working with people who are so motivated and upbeat is a blessing I hope you have shared, and will continue to share … Brick and mortar retail in the US is at a crossroads. This team can play a fundamental role in shaping the direction the industry takes. You are in the driver’s seat, and I can’t wait to see where you take the company in the future."

Further details about his departure, or plans for a replacement, have not yet been disclosed.

I have one, small question:  Do you know anyone who, after the past 4-5 months, wants to spend more time with his or her family?  Because I don't.