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AutoZone Announces Organizational Changes

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Memphis, Tenn. AutoZone announced that Jon Bascom, VP, information technology, has been promoted to senior VP, information technology and CIO.

Additionally, Mark Finestone, VP, merchandising, has been promoted to senior VP, merchandising.

Both Bascom and Finestone will serve on the company’s executive committee.

The company also announced Ken Brame, VP, information technology and CIO will retire from the company effective Jan. 11, 2008.

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Blue Square-Israel CEO Kalimi Resigns

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New York City Israeli supermarket retailer Blue Square-Israel Ltd. said Monday that CEO Zeev Kalimi resigned after less than three months at the helm.

The board appointed Uri Falach, VP of trade, as interim CEO until a permanent replacement is found.

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Report: U.S. CEO Exits Race for Tesco Job

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London Tim Mason, CEO of Tesco’s Fresh & Easy stores in the United States, is not looking to succeed Sir Terry Leahy as head of Tesco, according toThe Financial Times.

The announcement ends years of speculation that the retailer’s second-in-command would step up to the top job when Sir Terry retires, the report said.

Mason said during a visit to some newly opened Fresh & Easy stores in the U.S. that he was not going to succeed Sir Terry, adding that the top job would go to a younger candidate.

The former marketing executive had been in the frame to succeed Sir Terry for some time, but speculation intensified three years ago when Sir Terry picked him to launch Tesco U.S.

The report noted that among the officers vying for the top spot are Phil Clarke, international director, and Richard Brasher, trading director. Yet, at 47 and 45 respectively, both men may be passed over for younger executives coming through the ranks. Tesco is likely to appoint someone who can comfortably sit through a 10-year tenure before hitting the age of 60.

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