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Wal-Mart Exec Named Chief at U.K. Retailer

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London David Wild, who is currently serving as senior VP for new business development at Wal-Mart U.S., will join Halfords Group, a U.K.-based automotive- and leisure-products retailer, as CEO effective Aug. 4.

Wild has been serving in his current position since January 2007. Prior to this role, he was president and managing director of Wal-Mart Germany. Before joining Wal-Mart, Wild was with Tesco for 18 years.

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Genesco President Adds CEO Role

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Nashville, Tenn. Genesco Inc. said Thursday president Robert J. Dennis will take on the additional role of CEO, effective Aug. 1. Current CEO and Chairman Hal N. Pennington will continue to serve as executive chairman, the company said.

The company said the change is part of the company’s internal succession plan that began when Dennis was appointed COO in 2005.

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Sweetbay Names CEO

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Tampa, Fla. Sweetbay Supermarket named company Michael T. Vail has been named president and COO of the chain, according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Vail replaces Shelley Broader, the company’s former president and CEO, who left the Sweetbay earlier this month to take a leadership role at the arts and crafts chain Michaels.

Vail previously served as VP of merchandising for Kash n’ Karry. There, he provided leadership for the evolution to Hannaford supply chain systems. He later assumed responsibilities of senior VP of retail operations.

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