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June 7, 2011

Walgreens on Monday named Steve Pemberton the company’s divisional VP diversity and inclusion, making him the company’s first chief diversity officer.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Monday named Steve Pemberton the company’s divisional VP diversity and inclusion, making him the company’s first chief diversity officer.

June 2, 2011

The CFO of Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing is stepping into a new role.

CLEVELAND — The CFO of Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing is stepping into a new role.

ECRM said that Mitchell Bowlus, who co-founded the company with CEO Charlie Bowlus in 1993, is assuming the role of president. Charlie Bowlus will be transitioning to a greater focus on software development, as well as humanitarian initiatives, ECRM said.

“Mitch has been instrumental in developing our business model and strategies, as well as our strong financial foundation, and is uniquely positioned to take us to the next level as president,” Bowlus said.

June 1, 2011

Global health services company Cigna has hired former Alberto Culver executive Ralph Nicoletti to serve as EVP and CFO, effective June 20.

PHILADELPHIA and BLOOMFIELD, Conn. — Global health services company Cigna has hired former Alberto Culver executive Ralph Nicoletti to serve as EVP and CFO, effective June 20.

Nicoletti assumes executive leadership responsibility for all of Cigna's financial operations and functions, as well as for Cigna's investment management and strategic planning units. He will be based in Bloomfield, Conn.

June 1, 2011

As part of a series on prescription drugs in America, CNN’s “American Morning” program on Wednesday hosted Safeguard My Meds spokesman and National Community Pharmacists Association executive committee member Keith Hodges to discuss pharmacy robberies and prescription drug abuse in a segment called “Pharmacies as Targets.”

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — As part of a series on prescription drugs in America, CNN’s “American Morning” program on Wednesday hosted Safeguard My Meds spokesman and National Community Pharmacists Association executive committee member Keith Hodges to discuss pharmacy robberies and prescription drug abuse in a segment called “Pharmacies as Targets.”

“Prescription drug use is on the rise, especially over the last 10 to 15 years, and pharmacies are an easy target,” Hodges told CNN reporter Kiran Chetry.

May 31, 2011

The Food Marketing Institute announced that one of its former executives is rejoining the organization, while another will be retiring.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Food Marketing Institute announced that one of its former executives is rejoining the organization, while another will be retiring.

FMI announced last Friday that Patrick Davis has rejoined the organization as its VP state government relations, where he will serve as the principal liaison between FMI and state associations. Prior to rejoining FMI, Davis served as president and founder of Alliance Consulting.

May 31, 2011

An Eli Lilly executive was elected to Chiquita's board of directors at the company's annual shareholders meeting.

CINCINNATI — An Eli Lilly executive was elected to Chiquita's board of directors at the company's annual shareholders meeting.

Chiquita said that Jeffrey Simmons, who serves as Lilly SVP and president of the drug maker's animal health division, Elanco Animal Health, brings more than 20 years of management experience to his new role on the audit committee and the food innovation, safety and technology committee.

May 31, 2011

Molson Coors' Andrew Molson and Pete Coors have switched roles.

DENVER, Colo. — Molson Coors' Andrew Molson and Pete Coors have switched roles.

The brewing company said that Molson, the company's current vice chairman, has assumed the role of chairman, while Coors, its current chairman, has stepped in as vice chairman. The planned transition is consistent with the company's by-laws, which allow the chairman and vice chairman to alternate between the Molson and Coors families every two years.

May 31, 2011

Khloé Kardashian-Odom — known from such reality shows as E!'s "Keeping up with the Kardashians," "Khloé and Lamar" and "Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami" — is participating in the 2011 "Nivea Good-bye Cellulite, Hello Bikini! Challenge," a four-week program that combines fitness, nutrition, style and skin care with Nivea Good-bye Cellulite products.

WILTON, Conn. — Khloé Kardashian-Odom — known from such reality shows as E!'s "Keeping up with the Kardashians," "Khloé and Lamar" and "Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami" — is participating in the 2011 "Nivea Good-bye Cellulite, Hello Bikini! Challenge," a four-week program that combines fitness, nutrition, style and skin care with Nivea Good-bye Cellulite products.

May 26, 2011

The Belgium-based parent company of Delhaize America, which operates such banners as Food Lion and Harveys in the United States, has elected new members to its board of directors.

BRUSSELS — The Belgium-based parent company of Delhaize America, which operates such banners as Food Lion and Harveys in the United States, has elected new members to its board of directors.

May 26, 2011

Former Walmart executive Charles Leehan has taken on a new role at a self-service kiosks provider.

ATLANTA — Former Walmart executive Charles Leehan has taken on a new role at a self-service kiosks provider.

Leehan will serve as director of national accounts for SoloHealth, reporting to Rick Voight, the company's VP channel development. In this capacity, he will oversee and manage relationships across national accounts to ensure SoloHealth’s partners receive the best possible service and individualized attention from the SoloHealth team.

May 26, 2011

MusclePharm, an expanding sports nutrition company, on Thursday named Jeremy Deluca, the former Bodybuilding.com president, to the posts of co-president and chief marketing officer.

DENVER — MusclePharm, an expanding sports nutrition company, on Thursday named Jeremy Deluca, the former Bodybuilding.com president, to the posts of co-president and chief marketing officer.

May 25, 2011

The Healthcare Distribution Management Association on Wednesday honored Rep. Gene Green, D-Texas, with its Rx Safety and Healthcare Leadership Award.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Healthcare Distribution Management Association on Wednesday honored Rep. Gene Green, D-Texas, with its Rx Safety and Healthcare Leadership Award.

The award recognizes public officials for their leadership and commitment to public policies that support and promote the safe and efficient delivery of life-saving medicines to patients nationwide.

May 25, 2011

Royal Ahold executive Kimberly Ross is joining beauty company Avon as EVP and CFO, reporting to Andrea Jung, Avon's chairman and CEO.

NEW YORK — Royal Ahold executive Kimberly Ross is joining beauty company Avon as EVP and CFO, reporting to Andrea Jung, Avon's chairman and CEO.

Ross currently is EVP and CFO and a member of the executive board of Royal Ahold NV, a Netherlands-based international group with more than 2,970 stores and supermarkets spanning Europe and the United States.

May 25, 2011

Safeway on Wednesday announced that Valerie Lewis, the grocer’s assistant VP legal, was named to the "Top Women in Retail and Finance" list by Women of Color magazine.

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Wednesday announced that Valerie Lewis, the grocer’s assistant VP legal, was named to the "Top Women in Retail and Finance" list by Women of Color magazine.

May 25, 2011

UCB announced that it will add two members to its executive committee, effective July 1.

BRUSSELS — UCB announced that it will add two members to its executive committee, effective July 1.

The drug maker said that Greg Duncan, currently SVP and president of UCB’s North American operations, and Jean-Christophe Tellier, who is joining the company from Ipsen, now are the heads of the U.S. and European commercial operations, respectively.

May 24, 2011

The Grocery Manufacturers Association has appointed Sean Darragh as EVP global strategies, a newly created position within the association, the organization's president and CEO announced.

WASHINGTON — The Grocery Manufacturers Association has appointed Sean Darragh as EVP global strategies, a newly created position within the association, the organization's president and CEO announced.

The EVP global strategies is responsible for expanding GMA’s international program by defining and effectively executing a global policy and advocacy strategy that is fully integrated into the GMA strategic plan, the association reported.

May 23, 2011

It was a busy 2011 Annual Meeting. And DSN covered it all.

CVS Caremark’s Larry Merlo passed the NACDS chairman’s gavel to H-E-B’s Bob Loeffler. Tom Ryan and Mary Sammons were first-time-ever co-recipients of the Sheldon Fantle Lifetime Achievement Award. NACDS announced it would consolidate its show calendar in 2013. … It was a busy 2011 Annual Meeting. And DSN covered it all. If you missed our Show Dailies, click here to see what our cameras saw.

May 23, 2011

Neither one of the co-
recipients of this year’s Fantle Award would want you to call it the end of an era. 


Neither one of the co-
recipients of this year’s Fantle Award would want you to call it the end of an era. 


May 23, 2011

Rite Aid has appointed David Kelly as group VP construction, the retail pharmacy chain said Monday.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid has appointed David Kelly as group VP construction, the retail pharmacy chain said Monday.

Kelly, who has worked in real estate and development for more than 25 years, will start work May 31 and will have overall responsibility for all store planning and construction services, in addition to having a role in various segmentation initiatives, including Wellness, value and co-branded Save-A-Lot/Rite Aid stores. He will report directly to SVP, CFO and chief administrative officer Frank Vitrano.

May 23, 2011

The Healthcare Distribution Management Association on Monday named John Parker VP communications, where he will serve as the association’s lead communications strategist.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Healthcare Distribution Management Association on Monday named John Parker VP communications, where he will serve as the association’s lead communications strategist.

May 23, 2011

Success is often one of the biggest blind spots a company can have, because you’re so busy doing well you don’t have the time to assess what it is you’re doing.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Success is often one of the biggest blind spots a company can have, because you’re so busy doing well you don’t have the time to assess what it is you’re doing. That is one of the core reasons for being for the Mack Elevation Forum, “a share group on steroids,” described program founder Dan Mack, EVP of strategic business development for the Swanson Group, which hosted its most recent meeting on April 29 here at the Hilton Scottsdale.

May 23, 2011

The Mentholatum Co. has updated the packaging of its lip care line Softlips to include a new logo and graphics, although the company retained Softlips’ signature slender sticks and the light flavors/formulas.

SUPPLIER NEWS — The Mentholatum Co. has updated the packaging of its lip care line Softlips to include a new logo and graphics, although the company retained Softlips’ signature slender sticks and the light flavors/formulas. The company also has kicked off a new marketing campaign called “Softlips. So You.”



May 23, 2011

Kmart parent company Sears Holdings has named William Phelan as acting CFO, replacing Michael Collins, currently SVP and CFO, who resigned last week to pursue another opportunity, the company reported in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart parent company Sears Holdings has named William Phelan as acting CFO, replacing Michael Collins, currently SVP and CFO, who resigned last week to pursue another opportunity, the company reported in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

Collins will remain with the company until June 10 in order to ensure a smooth transition, Sears noted in the filing.

May 18, 2011

Hershey's leader is bidding the confectioner farewell, the company announced Wednesday.

HERSHEY, Pa. — Hershey's leader is bidding the confectioner farewell, the company announced Wednesday.

David West, who has worked at Hershey for 10 years and serves as its president and CEO, is leaving his post to become CEO of Del Monte. The candy maker's board of directors appointed EVP and COO John Bilbrey to serve as the company's interim president and CEO.

Bilbrey joined Hershey in 2003 as SVP and president, Hershey International.

May 17, 2011

The philanthropic arm of the American Pharmacists Association has appointed a new executive director.

WASHINGTON — The philanthropic arm of the American Pharmacists Association has appointed a new executive director.

The APhA Foundation announced Tuesday the appointment of Mindy Smith, who will lead the foundation’s operations, research objectives and strategic direction, providing support and guidance to the board of directors and monitoring pharmacy trends. Smith currently is CEO of the Arizona Pharmacy Alliance and previously served as executive director of the Wyoming Pharmacy Association.