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Gary Denning plans to retire as president of National Carriers Inc at the end of August 2004 after a 40-year career in the transportation industry. Richard H Rees, who spent the previous five years as vice-president and chief financial officer of National Carriers, has been promoted to executive vice-president and has been named to succeed Denning as president after his retirement.

Albertson's has hired Mike Czuchra director of logistics and transportation. His most recent position was divisional logistics manager for global supply chain at Wal-Mart.

The Penn Traffic Co has appointed Jerry Lavely as its new vice-president of produce and floral. He previously was chief executive officer of The Foodmeisters, a food industry consulting firm that he founded.

NationaLease has hired three new national account executives — Rick Baker, southeastern region; Jay Hagerty, northeastern region; and Pete Piotrowski, Midwest region — and appointed Andy Stopka director of maintenance for national accounts. Baker most recently served as vice-president/sales at Star Leasing Co. Hagerty comes from Ryder Systems Inc, where he worked most recently as director — new business development. Piotrowski also comes from Ryder Systems, most recently serving as director — business development, food and beverage industry specialist. Stopka most recently was area sales manager for Gateway Industrial Power — Carrier Refrigeration.

Christopher Graham has joined XTRA Lease as regional sales manager for the Northeast region. Most recently, he was regional director of sales — East Coast for Budget Car/Truck Rental.

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