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Albertson’s LLC and New Albertson’s promote Navarro, name new CFO

BY Antoinette Alexander

BOISE, Idaho — AB Acquisition LLC, which operates Albertson’s LLC and New Albertson’s Inc., has appointed Rick Navarro, who had been the company’s CFO since its inception in 2006, as chief administrative officer. Succeeding Navarro as the company’s CFO is former Nash Finch executive Robert Dimond.

In his new role, Navarro will oversee the IT, legal, business development, human resources and public affairs functions.

Dimond brings 24 years of financial and senior executive management experience in the grocery and distribution industry. Dimond most recently served as EVP, CFO and treasurer at Nash Finch, a food distribution and retail company. In that role, Dimond was responsible for all of the company’s financial functions, and he also served as the primary contact for all investor relations, investment and commercial banking activities.

Prior to Nash Finch, Dimond was with Wild Oats Markets as CFO and SVP from April 2005 to December 2006, and he also served as group VP and CFO for the western region of Kroger, as well as VP, administration and controller for Smith’s Food and Drug Centers.

“Our decentralized operating structure requires executives with entrepreneurial mindsets, and the work that Rick and Bob have done in their careers exemplify that trait,” said Bob Miller, CEO of Albertsons. “Our leadership teams at Albertson’s LLC and New Albertson’s Inc. have done a phenomenal job positioning our stores for the future, and both Rick and Bob are capable executives who will help our company to capitalize on that as we look to grow for the future.”

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Kroger names president of QFC division

BY DSN STAFF

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Tuesday announced Dennis Gibson has been promoted to president of the QFC division. He succeeds Joe Fey, who was named president of Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic division in January.

Gibson, 58, has been serving as VP merchandising in Kroger’s Columbus division.

"Dennis’s experience in both merchandising and retail operations make him a great fit to lead the QFC team," said Mike Ellis, Kroger’s president and COO. "Dennis is a strong executive with tremendous dedication to our customers and commitment to our associates. We look forward to the leadership and expertise he will bring to the division."

Gibson brings 38 years of retail industry experience to his new role. He began his career in 1976 with Grand Central discount department stores in Salt Lake City, Utah. He joined Fred Meyer in 1984, where he held leadership roles of increasing responsibility for the next 27 years, including store and district management, regional director and group VP for store operations. In 2011, Gibson was named VP operations in Kroger’s Columbus Division, and in 2013 he was named to VP merchandising.

Gibson and his family will relocate to Seattle. QFC operates 66 stores in Oregon and Washington. It is headquartered in Seattle.

 

 

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USPSTF: Not enough evidence on taking supplements to prevent cardiovascular disease or cancer

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on Tuesday posted its final recommendation statement on vitamin, mineral and multivitamin supplements for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer. However, the Task Force concluded there is not enough evidence to determine the effectiveness of taking vitamins and minerals to prevent cardiovascular disease or cancer. 

Many people take vitamins and mineral supplements to improve or maintain overall health. However, this recommendation is limited to use of these vitamins and supplements specifically for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer, USPSTF noted. 

“Cardiovascular disease and cancer have a significant health impact in America, and we all want to find ways to prevent these diseases,” stated Task Force chair Virginia Moyer. “However, we found that there is not enough evidence to determine whether taking single or paired nutrients or a multivitamin helps to prevent cardiovascular disease or cancer.”

Additionally, there are two vitamins that the Task Force recommends against using: beta-carotene and vitamin E. “The evidence shows that there is no benefit to taking vitamin E and that beta-carotene can be harmful because it increases the risk of lung cancer in people who are already at increased risk for the disease,” commented Task Force co-chair Michael LeFevre. “Due to the uncertain benefit of vitamin supplements to prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer, health care professionals should use their best judgment and consider their patient’s health history, values, and preferences when having conversations about nutritional supplements.”

"The report’s conclusion that there is ‘…not enough evidence…’ for recommendations in the areas of cancer and cardiovascular disease should not be considered as a lack of benefit as there is a big difference between lack of research and lack of positive results," cautioned Duffy MacKay, SVP scientific and regulatory affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition. "Even with a current gap in the research, what few studies there were that met the USPSTF criteria pointed to a potential promise for cancer protection," he noted. "We strongly support both the need for more research and the need for the scientific community to come to terms with a rigorous approach to studying nutrition that may not reflect the current model of studying drugs."

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