FLEMING COS., Oklahoma City, said last week it has retained Spencer Stuart, a New York-based executive search firm, to assist the company in its search for a new chief executive officer. According to Fleming, Thomas J. Neff, chairman of Spencer Stuart, will personally lead the process. After Fleming's previous chairman and CEO, Robert E. Stauth, left the company, Edward C. Joullian 3rd, a Fleming director for 14 years, took on the role of chairman on an interim basis.
agency -- Littlefield Advertising & Marketing, Tulsa, Okla. -- to assist in marketing and media support efforts.
DAIRY BARN, based in Northport, N.Y., said striking workers returned to their jobs after agreeing to a new four-year contract that calls for higher wages for recently hired managers and a review of safety conditions. The three-day walkout by more than 300 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500 forced the company, which operates drive-through convenience stores on Long Island, to close all 54 locations during the key Labor Day weekend sales period. A company official said it was too early to estimate the loss in sales revenues. The new deal will eliminate a two-tier compensation arrangement that paid new store managers less in base salary and commissions than those in the same position with more seniority. It also creates a joint safety review committee.