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CIES Elects New Chairman

PARIS, France -- CIES -- The Food Business Forum has named Roger Corbett, the c.e.o. of Woolworths Australia, as its new chairman. He will hold the position for the next two years.

The CIES board of directors also gains Kian Chew Tan, c.e.o. of NTUC FAIRPRICE, Singapore, as a new board member.

"CIES is a unique international organization which will continue to provide an important place for a global dialogue," said Corbett in a statement. "I am very proud that I have been given the privilege to lead this forum for the next two years."

He observed that "the world of retailing is seeing many opportunities, but also significant dangers, with the boom of new and existing major economies, technological, and social developments."

Corbett cited the world's ageing population, health & nutrition, safety, and working conditions as part of every retailer's everyday business. "Retailers can and must more than ever contribute to society by working together on these issues with manufacturers and civil society," he said.
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