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•  Landover, Maryland-based, Ahold Delhaize-owned Giant Food announced that it has hired Brian Wanner as Vice President of Human Resources.  Wanner most recently was Director of Talent & Culture for The GIANT Company, another Ahold Delhaize banner.



•  Publix Super Markets announced that Chris Litz, the company's Vice President of Product Business Development for Meat, Seafood, Bakery, and Grocery Refrigerated and Frozen, is retiring at the end of the month, completing some 35 years with the retailer.   Litz started his Publix career as a stock clerk in a Sarasota, Florida, store.



•  The Wall Street Journal reports that "Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. has named three senior executives to the customer division of its Walgreens brand to support the company’s push into health and well-being services.

"Linh Peters, the former global chief marketing officer of Calvin Klein, was named chief marketing officer; Luke Rauch was promoted to chief merchandising officer from chief of staff to Walgreens Boots Alliance CEO Rosalind “Roz” Brewer; and Walmart e-commerce executive Bala Visalatha was hired as the drugstore chain’s first chief product officer."