November 10, 2013

If your brand was delisted tomorrow, would anybody care?” That’s the cold, hard question retailers and manufacturers need to confront. That was a key message Shannon Curtin, Walgreens group VP beauty, personal care and seasonal, had for attendees of a special one-day summit co-hosted by The Drug Store News Group and the Mack Elevation Forum in August called “Seven Ideas to Create the Future.” In the first part of this DSN Executive Viewpoints video series, Curtin discusses the art of “Co-creation Innovation.”

May 7, 2015

Drug Store News and the Mack Elevation Forum have partnered to create a new, multitiered industry leadership platform that will assemble an intimate group of CPG brands that emotionally connect with today’s changing consumer. The New General Market Leadership Forum will bring together leading companies that have demonstrated commitment to building a strong community and thought leadership with a diverse consumer base.

March 4, 2015

Share of heart: That’s a pretty heady concept savvy marketers and retailers are using these days to describe a whole new level of consumer engagement.

March 4, 2015

When GVP/GMM, beauty and personal care Shannon Curtin arrived at Walgreen Co. about five years ago, the beauty department was already regarded as one of the best and most efficient in the mass business. But it was missing one element Curtin and her teamwork diligently to nurture — love.

March 4, 2015

Walgreens’ beauty team works diligently to please customers, but Michelle Hobson’s job as senior manager of beauty program development is to lead the charge for all training efforts and key strategic beauty programs for the company’s most precious assets — its Beauty Advisors.

March 4, 2015

Walgreens once again served as the official retail partner for the People’s Choice Awards in January and teamed up with Procter & Gamble to promote the role of their brands in helping consumers meet New Year resolutions.

March 4, 2015

To be sure, Walgreens started out on its Go Big in Beauty mission before its partnership with Boots began in 2012. But Boots, with its rich portfolio of beauty brands certainly helped ‘kick’ things up a notch or two.

November 14, 2014

Jan Reed, Walgreens corporate VP and general counsel currently is working on the completion of the second step of the Walgreens/Alliance Boots merger, which will fully combine the two companies. Reed brings experience across a number of industries, including service, health care and manufacturing, to her role at Walgreens. 

November 14, 2014

Being a mentor and paying it forward is one of the more critical roles of a leader, noted Jill Turner-Mitchael, Sam’s Club SVP health-and-wellness, who hails from Texas and has piloted Sam’s Club’s journey toward becoming a healthcare destination center. 

November 14, 2014

For Jocelyn Wong, SVP, chief marketing officer of Family Dollar, challenging the status quo is what she strives toward each day.

November 14, 2014

CVS Health’s Judy Sansone is widely regarded as a straight-shooting, savvy merchant with experience at various ends of the business. Today she serves as SVP, merchandising and personalization for CVS Health. 

November 14, 2014

Judy Wray  is helping to reinvent the beauty experience at Rite Aid. The chain’s beauty department’s new look features a much more interactive experience and the addition of more prestige cosmetic and skin care lines. Also in select stores, Rite Aid Beauty Advisors — specially trained to assist shoppers with all the beauty brands Rite Aid carries —  offer demonstrations and education. 

November 14, 2014

What happens when you take two cultures, both customer-focused and willing to embrace change to better the business, and blend them together? That’s the big project on the desk of Kathleen WilsonThompson, Walgreens Boots Alliance’s designated EVP and global chief human resources officer, who will be working to bring “let’s feel good” to “the corner of Happy and Healthy.”

November 13, 2014

Christina Hennington, SVP health and beauty at Target, grew up in Sweden and Norway, which she credits for her strong values and work ethic. “My values and my work ethic stem from my Scandinavian roots. I strive for excellence in my work, but place a premium on integrity, fairness and treating people with respect,” she said.

November 13, 2014

Today, she champions the ability for pharmacists to practice at the top of their license for one of the more progressive retail pharmacy chains, but Debbie Garza, divisional VP government relations at Walgreens, got her start on the beauty side of the business.

November 13, 2014

CVS Health president and CEO Larry Merlo once told Eileen Howard Boone: “Never give up on success. Stay committed to winning, and don’t be deterred by obstacles. They make you stronger and more creative. Be persistent and do what it takes to win — the right way.” 

November 13, 2014

If she could go back in time and talk to a younger Helena Foulkes, just getting started in her career — there’s just two words she would have for her: “Chill out.” 

November 13, 2014

“It’s not just the goal that’s important, it’s how you get there.” That’s the compass that guides Ahold’s Joanne Leonardi, who identifies the direction for the grocer’s health-and-wellness offerings. 

November 13, 2014

Jody Pinson started her career with Walmart 24 years ago. Her father was in the retail industry as well. So, you could say it’s in her blood.

November 13, 2014

Lynne Fruth, the youngest daughter of Fruth Pharmacy’s founder, Jack Fruth, grew up in the family business. “My first job in the industry was as a kid passing handbills door to door and wrapping gifts in our first store,” she said.

November 13, 2014

There is only one thing you have full control of in your life — your own character. That’s one of the many important lessons Mary Kelly ever learned from her parents, she told DSN. And it clearly carries over into her leadership role today at Rexall Pharma Plus.

November 13, 2014

Nancy Gagliano has always been passionate about helping people live healthier lives — a devotion that led her to primary care and ultimately to CVS Health’s MinuteClinic.

 
November 13, 2014

“When you get a seat at the table, use it — and be fearless.” That’s a key piece of advice shared by Walgreens’ Shannon Curtin, and for those who know Curtin, they are words she lives by.