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Pathmark's Donald Accepts Position at Starbucks, Eileen Scott Chosen as New CEO

CARTERET, N.J. - Pathmark Stores Inc. announced on Wednesday that its current chairman, president and CEO, Jim Donald, will leave the company by the end of this month to join Starbucks as its president, North America. Pathmark has chosen Eileen Scott as CEO and a director, and Frank Vitrano as president and chief administrative officer.

Donald has served in his current capacity since October 1996. "Pathmark is an excellent franchise with outstanding associates and a strong market position--Pathmark is much stronger today than it was when I joined it six years ago. I have great confidence that the Pathmark team led by Eileen and Frank will build upon the progress we have made here at Pathmark," Donald said.

Scott, 49, currently executive VP, store operations, has held various senior level merchandising and operations positions in Pathmark during her 30-year career at the company. Frank Vitrano, 47, currently executive VP, treasurer and CFO, has held various senior level financial positions at Pathmark during his 30-year career at the company. Vitrano's title will be president, CAO & CFO, and he continues as a member of the board of directors.

Steven Volla, 55, a member of Pathmark's board of directors for the last eight years, will become Pathmark's non-executive chairman. Volla was formerly chairman of Primary Health Systems Inc., a hospital management company from 1994 to 2001.

Pathmark Stores Inc. operates 143 supermarkets in the New York-New Jersey and Philadelphia metropolitan areas.
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