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• Kroger announced that Katie Wolfram, president of the company’s Central Division, is retiring after almost four decades with the company, and will be succeeded by Pam Matthews, who has been serving as president of Kroger’s QFC division.

Matthews will be succeeded at QFC by Suzy Monford, the former CEO of Andronico's Community Markets, who is joining Kroger after a career that also included stints at Woolworths Supermarkets in Australia, and both H-E-B and Central Market in Texas.

• The Washington Business Journal reports that Dan Valenzuela is out as president of Safeway;’s Eastern Division, having departed “to pursue other opportunities.” His replacement is Jim Perkins, Albertsons' executive vice president of retail operations and special projects and the president of its Acme stores division.

Perkins is the third person to lead the division - which has been suffering from declining market share and lowered morale - in three years.
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