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    Thornton elected to NACS board; BJ's names new senior vice president of finance.

    NACS announced Thursday that Matt Thornton, president and CEO of Louisville, Ky.-based Thorntons Inc., has been elected as a member of its board of directors. He was elected during the association's board meeting on Oct. 20 in Las Vegas, according to a news release.

    Thornton, son of Thorntons' founder Jim Thornton, has served as president and CEO of the 140-unit convenience chain since 2001. Prior to that, he was the company's vice president of operations.

    In other news, BJ's Wholesale Club Inc. announced that Paul H. McDonough has joined the company as senior vice president of finance. In this newly created position, McDonough will assume responsibility for the controller, treasury, investor relations and tax functions, reporting to BJ's CFO, Frank Forward.

    McDonough has 13 years of corporate finance experience with large public companies, including four years with Sears, Roebuck and Co. Most recently, McDonough served as vice president and treasurer of the St. Paul Travelers Cos. Inc.

    Commenting on the appointment, BJ's president and CEO Mike Wedge said, "Paul is a seasoned executive with proven leadership skills. We expect that he will play an important role in assuring that disciplined financial management remains a key component of BJ's strong growth strategy."

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