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• Wal-Mart has named Bill Simon, who spearheaded the company’s $4 generic prescription drug program, to be its new COO of the US stores division.

The company also named Pat Curran, vice president of store operations, to be executive vice president of people, a new position that reports to Susan Chambers, who holds the same title but reports to CEO Lee Scott.

• Walgreen named David A. Van Howe, head of the purchasing department’s health and wellness division, to be its vice president of purchasing, replacing Robert M. Kral, who left the company to pursue other opportunities.
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