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•  The Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) said yesterday that Patrick “Pat” Posey, a longtime retail executive in Southern California, will succeed Carole Christianson as the organization's Chief Operating Officer when she retires next month.

Posey began his career with Ralphs Grocery Company in 1986, completed the USC Food Industry Management Program in 1996, and joined Bristol Farms in 1997, where he has risen through the ranks from Store Director to Vice President of Non-Perishable Procurement and Merchandising over the past 25 years.  Posey also has served in the WAFC board for the past 10 years, and is Chairman of the City of Hope “Kids4Hope” Foundation and President of the Olive Crest Food Industry Roundtable.

Christianson will remain at WAFC  in an Advisory role "to insure a smooth and transparent transition," the organization said in its announcement.

•  Sunrise ShopRite, which operates the ShopRite of Parsippany and ShopRite of West Caldwell, announced the appointment of Mike Jacob as Vice President of Operations.  Jacob most recently was special projects manager at Wakefern Food Corp., the supermarket retailer-owned cooperative and distribution and merchandising arm for ShopRite stores.

•  Island Pacific market, which operates 17 stores in California and Nevada specializing in Filipino cuisine, said this week that it has hired Herman Chiu to be its new CFO.

Chiu most recently was Executive Vice President at Tawa Supermarkets, which operates the 99 Ranch chain.