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Report: Marsh Supermarkets names new CEO

BY Allison Cerra

INDIANAPOLIS — A regional supermarket chain with stores in Indiana and Ohio has appointed a new CEO, according to a local report.

The Middletown Journal, an Ohio-based newspaper, said former Price Chopper EVP Joseph Kelley was named chairman, president and CEO of Marsh Supermarkets.

Marsh operates 78 Marsh Supermarkets and 3 O’Malia’s Food Markets, as well as 16 MainStreet Market locations in Indiana and Ohio. The company also boasts 41 pharmacy locations, according to the company’s website.

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RILA names new VP government relations

BY Gail Hoffer

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Retail Industry Leaders Association announced that Christine Pollack has joined the association as VP government relations, focusing on healthcare policy and serving as one of RILA’s lead advocates on core retail industry priorities.

Pollack previously served as assistant director of congressional affairs for the American Medical Association. Prior to joining the AMA in 2007, Pollack served as legislative director for Rep. Clay Shaw, R-Fla., overseeing heathcare, tax and social security policy for the senior member of the Ways and Means Committee. Earlier in her career, Pollack served as a health insurance specialist with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and as senior legislative assistant for Rep. Jim Nussle, R-Iowa.

“We are thrilled to have Christine as part of the RILA team. Christine’s legislative skill and advocacy experience will add to our already strong government affairs team. Her deep understanding of healthcare policy will be a valuable asset as the retail industry works to address the challenges ahead,” said Katherine Lugar, EVP public affairs.

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P&G lends a hand to Kroger’s Honoring Our Heroes campaign

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble has teamed up with Kroger to support the United Services Organization.

In line with Kroger’s USO support campaign called Honoring Our Heroes, P&G will launch a Mega Event sales promotion through which customers at participating Kroger banner stores receive $5 instantly at checkout when they purchase 10 participating P&G Mega Event items.

Kroger and P&G also will build on the partnership through a Web application, where consumers virtually can shake the hand of a hero and receive a special offer on one of the following P&G brands: Tide, Downy, Gillette, Pantene, Old Spice and Prilosec.

Kroger’s Honoring Our Heroes campaign also will include a $250,000 donation to the USO to aid the organization’s mission to help American troops and their families.

Click here to learn more about the Kroger and USO partnership.

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