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Kroger names new president for Cincinnati/Dayton division

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI — Retail giant Kroger has named a new divisional president, replacing an executive who recently was promoted to SVP retail operations.

Sukanya Madlinger, who worked for Kroger for nearly 25 years, now will be president of the company’s Cincinnati/Dayton division — which operates 110 stores in Cincinnati, Dayton, northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana — replacing Geoffrey Covert. Covert was named SVP retail operations for Kroger after the retirement of Paul Scutt.

Prior to her new position, Madlinger served as the retailer’s VP drug, general merchandise and pharmacy merchandising.

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Kodak’s board approves promotions

BY Allison Cerra

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Kodak announced Wednesday that its board of directors promoted three executives.

Laura Quatela, chief intellectual property officer, and Terry Taber, chief technical officer, were named SVPs this week. Quatela, who also assumes the role of general counsel, will add SVP to her title on Jan. 1. Taber’s election is effective immediately.

Kodak’s board also elected Timothy Lynch — who currently serves as managing director of intellectual property transactions — as a VP of the company, effective immediately.

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Stater Bros. Charities spreads holiday cheer with Toys for Tots donation

BY Allison Cerra

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — The charitable arm of California supermarket chain Stater Bros. marked its sixth year donating to the local United States Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program.

Stater Bros.’ customers supported the Toys for Tots program every time they purchased a Stater Bros.-branded product, the retailer said. The purchases generated a total of $24,160, which Stater Bros. Charities presented to representatives from the Toys for Tots program last Friday.

"The Stater Bros. family believes in giving back to the communities we serve," said Jack Brown, chairman and CEO of Stater Bros. "We are very proud to help make the holiday wishes of so many children come true this year."

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