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Philip Morris, headquartered in New York, recently made a series of appointments including Kelly Ritter in Flint, Mich., Chris Little in Kansas City, Mo. and Huan Xie in Dallas were both named sales development associates. Christine Keller in Pittsburgh, Joseph Workman in Lexington, Ky. and Keith Luck in Dayton, Ohio were all named unit managers. In addition, Michael Rudnicki was named section sales director in Houston.

Steven R. Hostetter recently joined DB Companies Inc., headquartered in Providence, R.I., as senior vice president of operations. Hostetter will be responsible for all 184-corporate and franchise-operated DB Marts.

Concord, Mass.-based Welch's named Peter Martin vice president, marketing.

St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch Inc. announced a series of promotions including Bill Laufer as vice president, convenience, club and mass merchandise sales, and Joe Patti as vice president, retail planning and category management. The St. Louis-based company also announced William L. Ramus retired as vice president, corporate human resources. Rames is succeeded by Mark T. Bobak. Furthermore, Patrick T. Stokes was promoted to senior executive vice president of Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc.

Swedish Match North America Inc., headquartered in Richmond, Va., has appointed Leonard (Len) Hendrickson to vice president, CIO; Ed Gee to director marketing research; Roy Reynolds to senior sales analyst in the Richmond Sales department; Aaron Choate to business development manager for the Southwest sales region; Gary Poehlmann to director of National Accounts; Kimberly Bryant to national accounts coordinator.

After 31 year of service, Don Borzilleri has retired from his position as eastern sales manager for Marconi Commerce Systems. T.J. White was named his successor of the Greensbor, NC. company. Furthermore, Brad Resler, to be based in Greensboro, N.C., was name district sales manager.

Follett Corp., an Easton, Pa. Manufacturer of ice storage, ice handling and ice beverage dispensing equipment appointed George J. Bauer to director of operations.

Buffalo, N.Y. based Rich Products appointed Mark Stussi to national account technical manger, foodservice division.

Baked goods manufacturer Otis Spunkmeyer, San Leandro, Calif., appointed Diane Wild to the newly created position of director of distributor sales.

Tropicana, Bradenton, Fla., promoted Beth Bryon-Reasoner to director of immediate cosnumption marketing.

Transora appointed Judith Sprieser, CEO of Sara Lee Foods and Sara Lee Foodservice, to the post of CEO. Chicago-based Transora — comprised of over 50 leading CPG companies, including Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble and Kraft — enables its members to streamline business transactions between suppliers, buyers and distributors via the Internet.