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    People on the Move: Stepping Down

    Executives at Altria, Marathon, NRF & Tanknology retire.

    NATIONAL REPORT — Retailers, wholesalers and suppliers in the convenience store industry are only as good as their management teams and employees. In this special roundup, Convenience Store News runs down the most recent executive changes, new hires, promotions and people achievements happening in the industry.

    Altria Group Inc.

    Denise F. Keane, general counsel of Altria Group Inc. retired July 1 after 40 years of service. Murray R. Garnick, previously Altria's deputy general counsel, moved to general counsel, effective July 1.

    As deputy general counsel Garnick led the litigation, sales, marketing, product and intellectual property practice areas. Prior to joining Altria in 2008, he was a partner in the law firm of Arnold & Porter, where he regularly supported Altria and its companies in litigation.  

    Marathon Petroleum Corp.

    Patricia Richards, head of office for Marathon Petroleum Corp.'s (MPC) federal government affairs, retired effective July 1. Jake Menefee, who previously served as federal government affairs manager, transitioned into his new role as head of office on May 8.

    Prior to her role leading MPC's Washington, D.C., office, Richards was director of federal government affairs for Marathon Oil Corp. She also served as a state governmental affairs representative for Marathon Oil in Ohio, Kentucky, Florida, and Indiana.

    Menefee served on Capitol Hill as a legislative director and deputy chief of staff for members on the House Financial Services Committee and the Ways and Means Committee. Prior to his time in Washington, D.C., Menefee spent a number of years working with the petroleum industry.

    John R. Haley, vice president of tax, also retired from MPC effective July 1. Rick Linhardt, previously tax compliance manager, replaced Haley effective June 5. Haley joined Marathon in 1981 as a tax analyst, and has held a variety of positions within the tax organization. 

    He was named manager of tax accounting for USX Corp. in 1992, when USX owned Marathon. Haley returned to Marathon in 1994 and was named to several positions of increasing responsibility over several years, culminating in his current position as vice president in 2013.

    The National Retail Federation 

    Veteran lawyer and lobbyist Mallory Duncan is retiring from the National Retail Federation (NRF) where she served as senior vice president and general counsel. Duncan will leave NRF at the end of August but will continue to provide counsel on payments and other issues as a consultant.

    "Whether you're appealing to the Supreme Court, testifying before Congress or meeting at the White House, Mallory is the lawyer you want by your side," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. "There is no brighter legal mind in the retail industry, and nobody understands the complexities and nuances of the issues he follows better than he does. He has been indispensable to me as a trusted advisor and I am sorry to see him go."

    Duncan joined NRF as general counsel in 1994. As such, he is responsible for all of NRF's legal affairs, both directly and through coordination of outside counsel. As a member of the NRF executive team, he helped execute the federation's strategic mission of advocacy, communications and education on behalf of the industry. He also managed the NRF General Counsels Forum, which is made up of chief legal officers at many of the nation's best-known retail companies.

    Duncan is best known as one of the retail industry's leading voices for reform of credit card industry fees, rules and practices to make the card industry more transparent and competitive, an area where he has played a significant role since the mid-1990s. 

    Prior to joining NRF, Duncan served as senior counsel in the Washington office of J.C. Penney. He was previously a senior attorney in the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission, where he wrote the commission's Policy Guidance on Civil Penalties, and was an associate at the law firm of Sutherland, Asbill and Brennan. 

    Tanknology Inc.

    J. Richard Schnabel, executive vice president of sales, retired from Tanknology Inc. at the end of May. Schnabel is a 40-year petroleum industry veteran, with experience encompassing dispensers, point-of-sale systems, general petroleum equipment, construction services and environmental compliance services. He has worked in senior sales management at Tanknology for the past 20 years.

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