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Rally replaces Market Basket walkout

BY Dan Berthiaume

Tewksbury, Mass. – Although no promise has been made to rehire ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas, a rally at the corporate headquarters of Demoulas Super Markets Inc. is replacing a previously planned employee walkout. Employees of Demoulas’ Market Basket chain had threatened to stage a walkout on July 18 in protest of Demoulas’ removal as CEO in June.

However, the group Save Market Basket, which initially planned the walkout, said in a Facebook post there will be a rally at Demoulas headquarters the morning of July 18. In an open letter to employees, new co-CEOs Felicia Thornton and Jim Gooch said they will bring employee concerns to the Demoulas board of directors but cannot make any decision to rehire Demoulas. The letter also said that any employee who leaves their job or refuses to work a scheduled shift will be fired, meaning some participants could potentially lose their jobs.

Arthur T. Demoulas had been waging a public battle with his cousin Arthur S. Demoulas, a stakeholder and director of the company, about finances when he was fired in June. He remains a company shareholder.

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DHGate.com hires new executive team

BY Dan Berthiaume

San Francisco – DHgate.com, an e-commerce marketplace focused on cross-border trade of Chinese goods, has hired several new executives. These include COO Noah Herschmann, who previously held management roles at Amazon, Groupon, Asia, Staples China and Tweeter.

In addition to Herschman, the newly tapped executive team includes Jimmy Lau, VP, international marketing of Alibaba and EBay Private Marketplace; Carolyn Scott, senior director, brand marketing, bringing experience from Texas Instruments (TI) and Starbucks; Tony Li, senior director, site marketing, formerly of Google, EA and YouTube; and Jenny Chen, head of search, hailing from CafePress.

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Management shake-up at Loblaw and Shoppers Drug Mart

BY Marianne Wilson

Brampton, Ontario — Loblaw Cos. on Thursday announced a series of management changes, including the appointment of Galen Weston, executive chairman, as president, effective immediately. He succeeds Vicente Trius, president since August 2011, who is leaving the company, effective immediately, for family reasons to return to Brazil.

"Vicente has made an enormous impact on virtually every aspect of our business in the time that he has been with the company,” Weston said. “Our businesses are stronger, our customer proposition more compelling and our operating effectiveness much improved. He has set a strong foundation for the future.

The company also announced that Domenic Pilla , president of its Shoppers Drug Mart unit, is leaving by the end of 2014. Mike Motz, currently Shoppers Drug Mart executive VP and chief merchandising officer, will become the president of the drug store chain effective on the resignation of Pilla.

"For the balance of the year, Domenic will remain as president of Shoppers Drug Mart and be fully engaged in the business,” Weston said. “In addition to his normal duties, Domenic will work very closely with me to deliver on several important initiatives, including the transition to a new president of Shoppers Drug Mart.”

As part of the new management structure to support the Company’s evolving business, Weston appointed seasoned operational leaders to assume the following key roles:

• Richard Dufresne will assume the role of CFO of Loblaw. He will retain his role as CFO at George Weston Limited;

• Sarah Davis, previously CFO, will become chief administrative officer, responsible for supply chain, IT (including SAP implementation), Goods Not for Resale, Loblaw Properties and Strategy. Her key objective will be to deliver efficiencies across the organization, including those resulting from the implementation of SAP.

• Grant Froese, previously chief administrative officer, becomes COO of the company.

"I am excited about the future, and the opportunity to execute on the strategic vision we have built for the company. I am confident that Loblaw will continue to advance its business both financially and operationally and be well-positioned to create long-term sustainable value," Weston said.

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