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DAVE VAN HOWE is joining Market Performance Group, a strategy consulting and sales representation firm, as SVP and retail adviser, working on go-to-market initiatives with suppliers and retailers. Van Howe most recently served as VP purchasing and new business development for Walgreens.

PHIL KEOUGH, a former Rite Aid and CVS executive, has joined Learn-Something as chief business development officer, overseeing development and distribution of compliance, operational and sales-performance products, and services for retailers. Keough had served at Rite Aid for six years as SVP pharmacy operations and most recently ran his own pharmacy management consulting company, Keoco.

GARY DOWNING began his new job as CEO of Insight Pharmaceuticals, the maker of such OTC brands as Anacin and Dermarest, on Feb. 15. Previously, Downing was CEO of breastfeeding product maker Lansinoh for nearly eight years. Prior to Lansinoh, Downing was a co-founder of OTC brand marketing company Medtech, and served in positions at Gillette’s Oral-B Labs and Richardson-Vicks.