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    Casey's names new CEO, announces four other senior promotions.

    ANKENY, Iowa -- Casey's General Stores Inc. named Robert J. Myers its new CEO, replacing Ronald Lamb.

    Lamb will remain chairman of the board and the company's executive committee.

    Myers had served as the convenience store chain's president and chief operating officer since 2004. He has been a member of the company's senior management team since joining the company in 1989.

    The company announced the change after the board of directors approved the move at a special meeting, said Bill Walljasper, senior vice president and chief financial officer.

    According to the Des Moines (Iowa) Register, Walljasper said the company has been discussing succession plans for a while. "This was a logical and good move" for the company, he said.

    Lamb had been CEO since 1996, when he replaced founding chairman and Convenience Store Industry Hall of Famer Donald Lamberti. Lamb will continue to be involved in setting the strategic direction for Casey's, the company said.

    The board also approved four other senior management promotions:
    • Terry Handley was elected chief operating officer to replace Myers. He formerly was senior vice president of store operations. Handley has been with Casey's since 1981.

    • Walljasper was promoted to senior vice president and chief financial officer. He has served as vice president and chief financial officer since joining the company in 1990.

    • Sam Billmeyer was promoted to senior vice president of transportation and support operations. He previously was vice president of transportation. He came to Casey's in 1991.

    • Robert Ford was named vice president of store operations after having served as director of store operations. He joined the company in 1979.

    Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey's owns and operates over 1,390 convenience stores in nine Midwestern states.

    Stuart R. McGill, senior vice president of ExxonMobil Corp., was elected vice chairman of the United States Council for International Business, based in New York City.

    "Stuart McGill's considerable international experience makes him an excellent person to take on this role," said USCIB president Peter Robinson. "His support for our organization will further strengthen our activities to promote global business."

    McGill has held many notable senior executive positions within ExxonMobil's global brand, most recently he promoted to president of ExxonMobil Production Company in 2003, and in 2004, he was named senior vice president of the Corp.

    McGill is a member of both the Institution of Chemical Engineers and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

    In supplier news, Lauren Beckmann was promoted to director of human resources for FKI Logistex Manufacturing Systems North America, an international automated material handling solutions provider.

    In her new role, Beckmann will manage employee recruitment, training, compensation, benefits and development, and assist with labor relations.

    "Her experience and training will be invaluable in directing the human resources programs at FKI Logistex Manufacturing Systems North America," said Ted Clucas, president of FKI Logistex Manufacturing Systems North America

    Lauren Beckmann joined FKI in 1996, and was most recently its benefits group leader. Before joining FKI, she was the benefits network manager for HealthLink in St. Louis.

    Factor, a petroleum marketing and convenience store automation division of W.R. Hess Co., hired Amanda Bowen as marketing and event coordinator, and Kaley Washington as customer account manager.

    Bowen will take the lead role in tracking and managing all sales leads, complete collateral requests, maintain stock of marketing materials, manage trade show and Factor event marketing and other marketing tasks.

    "It is vital for us to augment our team with pro-active, driven individuals. Amanda represents all the qualities we look for in our employees and will be a welcome addition to our team," said Ted Elston, vice president of marketing for Factor.

    Prior to joining Factor, Bowen held a position as a marketing coordinator/customer relations representative for an Oklahoma financial institution.

    Washington will join the sales team with the objective to keep providing customers the latest in software solutions.

    "Kaley's background in customer service is vital to the role she will play within the inside sales team," said Paul Schweet, vice president of sales. "Her customer-driven attitude and top-notch communication skills make her the perfect fit for the Factor team. We are excited to have Kaley on board."

    Prior to joining Factor, Washington held a position as an administrative assistant with an Oklahoma state agency.

    Additionally, Lucini Italia Co., a specialty Italian sauces and olive oil manufacturer has hired David Neuman as the company's president.

    Neuman has more than 20 years of experience in the specialty and organic food industry. In this position he will be responsible for both the U.S. and international markets and developing new products and integrating them into the existing product lines.

    Vice-chairman Daniel Graeff said, "With David’s energy focused on sales, marketing and overseeing operations, Lucini Italia will be able to further accelerate entry into new markets and new product development."

    Before coming to Italia, Neuman was executive vice president of global sales and marketing with Nature's Path Foods for almost 10 years.

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