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BRIAN Hayward, chief executive of Agricore United, will retire now that shareholders have approved a takeover by Saskatchewan Wheat Pool (SWP). Mayo Schmidt, chief executive at SWP, has been named the new president and chief executive of Agricore, effective immediately. Mr Hayward is stepping down after a lengthy bidding war between SWP and James Richardson International for his company. He recently said that emotions had been running high since SWP first made a hostile stock-andcash offer in November.