BATAVIA, Ill. — When she was a graduating college student, Joan Kavanaugh knew so little about Aldi she nearly blew off her job interview. Eighteen years later, much of what we know about Aldi's U.S. business can be traced to Kavanaugh's influence. As vice president of purchasing for the limited-assortment retailer, Kavanaugh today is focused on refreshing the private brands that make up 95% of the discounter's SKUs. In addition, Kavanaugh is leading an aggressive effort to recruit new ...

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