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•  The Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) announced that longtime executive Carole Christianson, who has been COO of the association for 15 years, plans to retire later this year.

The announcement notes that "before joining WAFC, Christianson spent over 29 years in the Food & Beverage Industry culminating with her role at Coca Cola as Vice President of National Accounts.  In 2003, she established her own venture, 'Christianson West' leveraging her network with retailers in the Western United States with her first client being Kellogg’s. In 2005, she was retained by the WAFC to establish a formal business meeting process for the 2006 and 2007 annual WAFC conventions."

Christianson will remain as an advisor to WAFC "to insure a smooth and transparent transition" to a successor once one is announced.