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Report: Wal-Mart puts U.S. marketing under merchandising group

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Bentonville, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Friday it has reorganized reporting relationships, putting its U.S. marketing team under the leadership of the chief merchandising officer. Marketing currently operates as a separate group and the move, said Wal-Mart, is designed to improve shopper communication.

The new plan will have U.S. chief marketing officer Stephen Quinn reporting to U.S. chief merchandising officer Duncan Mac Naughton. Before the change, Quinn reported to Bill Simon, Wal-Mart U.S. president and CEO.

The announcement came in a memo sent to U.S. employees on Friday that was obtained by Reuters.

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Meijer names COO

BY Staff Writer

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Meijer said Friday it has appointed J.K. Symancyk to the newly created role of COO. The grocery and superstore retailer has also hired Peter Whitsett as executive VP of merchandising and marketing.

Symancyk will report directly to Mark Murray, president of Meijer, and will have three direct reports: Janet Emerson, executive VP of retail operations; Rick Keyes, executive VP of supply chain and manufacturing; and Peter Whitsett, who is operating in the role previously held by Symancyk.

Whitsett most recently served as executive VP of global merchandising for Dick’s Sporting Goods.

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Lowe’s names Dollar General’s Dreiling to board

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Mooresville, N.C. — Lowe’s Cos. said Friday it has appointed Richard Dreiling, CEO and chairman of Dollar General Corp., to its board of directors. He will serve on the board’s audit and governance committees.

Dreiling has also served in corner-office positions for Duane Read, Longs Drug, Safeway and Vons.

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