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•  United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) said this week that it has named Angie Balian, chief of staff for Chris Testa, UNFI’s president, to be its new Chief Brands Officer, overseeing the company's private label products.

•  CNBC reports that Bed Bath & Beyond "has appointed interim CEO Sue Gove to the position permanently … Gove was named interim CEO in June after the company’s board pushed out former Chief Executive Mark Tritton. She is the founder of a retail consulting and advisory firm, Excelsior Advisors. Before she became a consultant, she had several financial and strategic roles, including president and chief executive officer of Golfsmith International Holdings and chief operating officer of Zale Corp."

Not to be a buzzkill, but "permanently" may not be exactly the right word here.  For one, most CEOs, like baseball managers, are hired to be fired - these jobs have expiration dates.  For another, Gove is in charge of a retail business that may have its own expiration date - I'm not sure what Bed Bath & Beyond's value proposition is, nor what the rationale is for its existence.  Like I said, I hate to be a buzzkill.