ARCADIA, Calif. -- Vons Cos. here, which had been searching for a successor to Roger Stangeland as chairman for several months, caught the industry by surprise when it announced in April the hiring of two of the top executives of American Stores Co., Salt Lake City. Stangeland told SN it was just good fortune that Vons was able to hire the two men -- Larry Del Santo and Richard Goodspeed -- at the same time. Del Santo, as reported, was named vice chairman and chief executive officer of ...

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