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Safeway expands board to 12 members

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Pleasanton, Calif. Safeway has expanded its board, adding Arun Sarin and Michael S. Shannon as directors.

The additions brings the board’s total to 12 members, the retailer said late Tuesday.

Sarin previously served as CEO of mobile-phone company Vodafone Group PLC. Shannon is the founder of KSL Recreation Corp., KSL Resorts and private-equity firm KSL Capital Partners LLC.

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Haggen promotes execs

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Bellingham, Wash. Grocery and pharmacy retailer Haggen said Tuesday it has promoted two executives, according to a report in Supermarket News.

John Boyle was named group VP sales and marketing, and Becky Skaggs was named VP marketing and strategy.

There are 15 Haggen Food and Pharmacy locations in Washington and Oregon.

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Employee benefits industry organizes to protect flexible spending

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Washington, D.C. Nonprofit organization Employers Council on Flexible Compensation said Monday it has formed a national advocacy organization to protect Flexible Spending Accounts.

The new organization, Save Flexible Spending Plans, was formed to urge against Congress’s consideration of capping contributions to the tax-advantaged benefit in order to fund a small portion of healthcare reform.

“It would be disastrous if the millions of Americans who rely on flexible spending accounts to manage their healthcare costs become the unintended victims of healthcare reform,” said Jody Dietel, spokesperson for Save Flexible Spending Plans and compliance officer at WageWorks, a benefits company based in San Mateo, Calif. “A cap on flexible spending accounts will force plan participants to pay higher taxes and incur higher healthcare costs at a time when many can least afford it.”

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