OPERATIONS

Wal-Mart names top China execs following resignations

BY CSA STAFF

Bentonville, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores said Friday it has replaced two of its top executives in China who resigned earlier this month.

Mario-José Medina will serve as the head of Wal-Mart financial operations in China. He previously worked as the CFO of Wal-Mart Chile, and was hired in 2007 to be the CFO of Wal-Mart Puerto Rico.

The company also said that Del Sloneker, a former senior VP, will become COO in China.

The appointments come after previous China CFO Roland Lawrence, along with COO Rob Cissell, resigned in mid-May, according to a Wall Street Journal online report.

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Dick’s Sporting Goods opens 10th Alabama location

BY CSA STAFF

Pittsburgh — Dick’s Sporting Goods announced Tuesday that it will celebrate the grand opening of its tenth Alabama store, which opened at Jubilee Square in Daphne, Ala.

The chain’s celebration, spanning June 3-5, will feature appearances by college and professional football players and a professional bass angler, as well as a variety of giveaways.

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FMI announces executive changes

BY CSA STAFF

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Food Marketing Institute announced that one of its former executives is rejoining the organization, while another will be retiring.

FMI announced last Friday that Patrick Davis has rejoined the organization as its VP state government relations, where he will serve as the principal liaison between FMI and state associations. Prior to rejoining FMI, Davis served as president and founder of Alliance Consulting.

"We know from his previous work at FMI that Patrick is a proven and successful leader and we are delighted to welcome him back to the team," FMI president and CEO Leslie Sarasin said. "His extensive knowledge of food industry operations provides solid grounding for his task of establishing, promoting and communicating state-level legislation as an advocate for the food retail and wholesale industry."

Meanwhile, FMI also said that Jill Hollingsworth, SVP food safety programs, is retiring after 15 years of service. During her tenure, FMI “[developed] a complete spectrum of food safety resources for retailers and wholesalers, including the Safe Quality Food Institute and SafeMark training programs,” Sarasin said.

"Jill has been an extraordinary advocate on behalf of supermarkets," Sarasin added. "She has spent her entire career dedicated to ensuring food safety for consumers. She will be greatly missed but we wish her a wonderful retirement."

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