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Delhaize names new CEO

BY Dan Berthiaume

Brussels, Belgium – Delhaize Group has named Franz Muller as CEO, effective Nov. 8. Muller will succeed Pierre-Olivier Beckers, who will remain available to advise the new CEO until year-end and continue to serve on the board of directors in a non-executive capacity thereafter.

Muller, 52, has more than 15 years of senior leadership experience in retail, most recently as a member of the management board of Metro AG and CEO of Metro Cash & Carry. He will start with Delhaize on Oct. 14, prior to assuming the role of CEO.

“The company is on track with its strategic priorities for the year and is focused on the areas that deliver the highest growth and returns,” said Muller. “I am looking forward to leading the company, working with the executive committee and 160,000 Delhaize associates to build on the company’s current momentum.”

The move is not a surprise, as Beckers first announced he would step down as CEO in May of this year. Delhaize is in the midst of a turnaround effort that includes overhauling its U.S. business.

Delhaize Group also announced that Roland Smith is resigning today from his role as CEO of Delhaize America but will be available as a senior advisor to the CEO until the end of the year. Following Smith’s departure, the company’s U.S. operations will report to the Delhaize Group CEO.

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Rite Aid promotes pharmacy exec to VP of managed care

BY Dan Berthiaume

Camp Hill, Pa. – Rite Aid Corp. has promoted Tammy Royer, a long-time member of Rite Aid’s pharmacy division, to group VP of managed care. In her new role, Royer will oversee all aspects of managed care, including contracting, maintaining relationships with managed care organizations, pharmacy benefit managers and third-party payers and developing new strategic partnerships.

Royer, a licensed pharmacist, joined Rite Aid in 1996 as a pharmacist and since then has held field and corporate positions with increasing responsibility, most recently serving as VP of pharmacy initiatives and clinical services. She will report directly to Chris Hall, Rite Aid senior VP of pharmacy services.

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Neiman Marcus launches new blog

BY Dan Berthiaume

Dallas – Neiman Marcus is introducing a redesigned blog entitled, the blog. This replaces the brand’s existing blog, NMdaily.

According to Neiman Marcus, the blog upgrade was in response to shifts in the social media landscape. Designed to showcase rich visual content, the blog offers options for full-screen viewing, enables commenting and allows content to be shared via social networks. Updates from Neiman Marcus Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook pages will be featured, along with editors’ picks and reviews featuring e-commerce links.

In addition to editorial content, the blog features a press room where fashion editors and bloggers have access to the retailer’s latest press releases and photo assets for their own use.

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