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July 5, 2011

Eli Lilly's SVP global quality has joined the drug maker's executive committee, effective July 1.

INDIANAPOLIS — Eli Lilly's SVP global quality has joined the drug maker's executive committee, effective July 1.

Fionnuala Walsh, who joined Lilly in 1988, will continue in her current role at Lilly, where she ensures the company maintains high-quality standards across its worldwide operations.

Walsh reports to company chairman, president and CEO John Lechleiter.

June 30, 2011

Ahold has tapped retail veteran James McCann to serve in the newly created role of chief commercial development officer.

AMSTERDAM — Ahold has tapped retail veteran James McCann to serve in the newly created role of chief commercial development officer.

McCann, who most recently served as executive director for Carrefour France and a member of Carrefour's group executive board, will focus on developing new and innovative ways to serve customer needs, build customer loyalty and broaden Ahold's offering. He also will be responsible for leading Ahold's e-commerce initiatives and will strengthen the company's online business globally.

June 30, 2011

A Procter & Gamble executive will join Kraft Foods in September as its EVP supply chain, Kraft announced Thursday.

NORTHFIELD, Ill. — A Procter & Gamble executive will join Kraft Foods in September as its EVP supply chain, Kraft announced Thursday.

Daniel Myers — who succeeds David Brearton, now EVP and CFO of Kraft — most recently served as P&G's VP product supply, leading the supply chain function for the company's global hair care business, as well as coordination responsibilities for P&G's beauty and grooming business, including manufacturing operations that supported sales in more than 170 countries.

June 30, 2011

Marsh Supermarkets has created a new executive position that will focus on merchandising support, including pricing, space management, corporate brands and business intelligence.

INDIANAPOLIS — Marsh Supermarkets has created a new executive position that will focus on merchandising support, including pricing, space management, corporate brands and business intelligence.

The retailer said that retail veteran David Siegel will be Marsh's SVP merchandising and marketing strategic initiatives.

Siegel joins the company from Schenectady, N.Y.-based Price Chopper.

Marsh operates 72 Marsh Supermarkets, 3 O'Malia's Food Markets and 22 MainStreet Market stores in Indiana and Ohio.

June 24, 2011

George Riedl has been named president of Advanced Marketing & Sales, AMS announced Thursday.

VERNON HILLS, Ill. — George Riedl has been named president of Advanced Marketing & Sales, AMS announced Thursday.

Riedl, a 27-year Walgreens veteran, will be actively involved in all areas of the company and will have all sales and marketing departments reporting to him, according to a statement released by AMS.

At Walgreens, Riedl served as the drug store chain's EVP marketing and merchandising from 2003 until late 2008 before being shifted to SVP pharmacy innovation in March 2009. Riedl retired from Walgreens at the end of that year.

June 24, 2011

Former Unilever executive Michael Polk has been appointed president and CEO of Newell Rubbermaid, effective July 18. He succeeds Mark Ketchum, who is retiring but will remain a director until May 2012.

ATLANTA — Former Unilever executive Michael Polk has been appointed president and CEO of Newell Rubbermaid, effective July 18. He succeeds Mark Ketchum, who is retiring but will remain a director until May 2012.

Ketchum announced in January his intention to retire after being recruited from the board five years ago to lead Newell Rubbermaid through its transformation into a marketing-driven company.

June 22, 2011

The Global Market Development Center’s General Merchandise Marketing Conference held earlier this month provided for almost 11,000 appointments, in addition to 169 senior executive conferences that were piloted at the GM event, the association reported Tuesday.

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Global Market Development Center’s General Merchandise Marketing Conference held here earlier this month provided for almost 11,000 appointments, in addition to 169 senior executive conferences that were piloted at the GM event, the association reported Tuesday.

June 17, 2011

The fate of beauty initiatives at JCPenney, along with a lot of the company's other plans, just became a lot less clear following the hiring of former Apple executive Ron Johnson as CEO.

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT — The fate of beauty initiatives at JCPenney, along with a lot of the company's other plans, just became a lot less clear following the hiring of former Apple executive Ron Johnson as CEO.

(THE NEWS: Ex-Apple exec fulfills dream, becomes JCPenney CEO. For the full story, click here)

June 17, 2011

Things just got a whole lot more interesting in the mid-tier department store space now that JCPenney has hired former Apple executive Ron Johnson to be its CEO. Johnson is a former Target merchandising executive who for the past 11 years oversaw the growth of Apple’s wildly successful and widely heralded retail operation.

PLANO, Texas — Things just got a whole lot more interesting in the mid-tier department store space now that JCPenney has hired former Apple executive Ron Johnson to be its CEO. Johnson is a former Target merchandising executive who for the past 11 years oversaw the growth of Apple’s wildly successful and widely heralded retail operation.

June 15, 2011

Drug Store News has learned that Tim Canning, president of McKesson’s Health Mart division, is leaving the company to take the position of SVP and chief marketing officer at Omnicare. The move is effective June 17.

SAN FRANCISCO — Drug Store News has learned that Tim Canning, president of McKesson’s Health Mart division, is leaving the company to take the position of SVP and chief marketing officer at Omnicare. The move is effective June 17.

“Tim has played an important role in advancing the success of McKesson’s retail independent pharmacy customers through his leadership of key solutions and programs, such as Health Mart,” noted a company representative.

June 8, 2011

With former Wyeth executive Dennis O’Donnell at the helm, Matrixx Initiatives is making a headquarter transition from Phoenix to here in New Jersey, according to a story published in the Arizona Republic earlier this week.

SKILLMAN, N.J. — With former Wyeth executive Dennis O’Donnell at the helm, Matrixx Initiatives is making a headquarter transition from Phoenix to here in New Jersey, according to a story published in the Arizona Republic earlier this week.

The company, however, will maintain offices in Arizona, the report stated.

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 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

Drug maker Johnson & Johnson plans to file for regulatory approval for 11 new drugs between 2011 and 2015, the company said Thursday in relation to a meeting between J&J’s executive committee and investors.

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Drug maker Johnson & Johnson plans to file for regulatory approval for 11 new drugs between 2011 and 2015, the company said Thursday in relation to a meeting between J&J’s executive committee and investors.

May 26, 2011

Walgreens on Wednesday promoted Mike Spear to divisional merchandise manager of the retailer’s personal care division and announced that Lauren Vondrasek is transitioning to the company’s beauty merchandising unit, which is headed by Barbara Larson.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Wednesday promoted Mike Spear to divisional merchandise manager of the retailer’s personal care division and announced that Lauren Vondrasek is transitioning to the company’s beauty merchandising unit, which is headed by Barbara Larson.

Spear has more than 20 years of retail experience, most recently as director of category planning at Walgreens.

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

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 23, 2011

Cosmetic Executive Women recognized the most innovative beauty products of the year at the 17th Annual CEW Beauty Awards held May 20 in New York, which for the first time included the new Eco Beauty Award and a partnership with social networking site Foursquare.

NEW YORK — Cosmetic Executive Women recognized the most innovative beauty products of the year at the 17th Annual CEW Beauty Awards held May 20 in New York, which for the first time included the new Eco Beauty Award and a partnership with social networking site Foursquare.

More than 4,000 beauty insiders and professionals working within the industry determine the award winners. The awards signify the industry's highest recognition for manufacturers and brands, as well as a guide to the most innovative new products for consumers.

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 12, 2011

Supervalu banner Save-A-Lot has appointed a new leader, replacing company veteran Bill Shaner, who lead the division since 2006.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Supervalu banner Save-A-Lot has appointed a new leader, replacing company veteran Bill Shaner, who lead the division since 2006.

May 9, 2011

Chicago -- In its most recent consumer sentiment and behavior survey, Technomic, the Chicago-based food industry research firm, found that 84% of consumers believe that grocery prices have risen in the past three months and 62% believe restaurant prices have risen.

Bob Goldin, executive VP of Technomic, believes that the rapid rise in gas prices, now at record highs, has raised consumer sensitivity to price increases in grocery stores and restaurants.

May 6, 2011

Mike Jackson was named to the board of directors of iControl Systems USA, where he also will serve in the capacity of senior adviser to iControl president and CEO Tal Zlotnitsky.

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Mike Jackson was named to the board of directors of iControl Systems USA, where he also will serve in the capacity of senior adviser to iControl president and CEO Tal Zlotnitsky.

Jackson is a 30-year veteran of Supervalu who retired from the company in late 2009 as president and COO.