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Aetna taps former Walmart exec Dijuana Lewis to lead Consumer Products and Enterprise Marketing organization

BY Michael Johnsen

HARTFORD, Conn. — Aetna on Thursday announced that Dijuana Lewis is joining the company as EVP responsible for the newly formed Consumer Products and Enterprise Marketing organization. In this role, she will be responsible for aligning consumer-focused businesses, products, services and capabilities to deliver a personalized end-to-end consumer experience that positions the company for long-term growth. 

Lewis will report directly to Aetna chairman, CEO and president Mark Bertolini and will be a member of the company’s executive committee.

“The future of health care will be driven by consumers and the increasing role they will play in managing their health and healthcare finances,” Bertolini said. “Under Dijuana’s leadership, we will align and energize the resources, technologies, products and people we need to truly personalize the healthcare experience and deliver solutions that keep people well.”

Lewis will oversee strategic initiatives and capabilities including Aetna’s private exchange strategy, consumer experience, digital assets and marketplace informatics and analytics.

Lewis comes to Aetna from Walmart, where she most recently served as SVP healthcare solutions. In this role, she was responsible for developing the company’s strategic direction for health care solutions in the United States. 

 

 

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Family Dollar opens 11th DC to support westward expansion

BY Michael Johnsen

ST. GEORGE, Utah — Family Dollar earlier this week celebrated the grand opening of its 11th distribution center in St. George, Utah. 

“Opening our 11th distribution center is an important milestone for us,” stated Howard Levine, Family Dollar’s chairman and CEO. “This facility is ideally located to support our growth in the West, helping us keep our stores well-stocked as we continue to provide customers in this region with great value and convenience.”

Utah Governor Gary Herbert was similarly pleased about the new distribution center. “The State of Utah is proud to welcome Family Dollar’s world-class facility in St. George. Their distribution center will be staffed by Utah’s highly productive workforce and provide hundreds of jobs for southern Utah residents.”

Family Dollar’s distribution center measures 817,000 sq.-ft. and will service up to 800 stores. At full capacity, the facility will ship 40 million cases annually. 

 

 

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Exchange in 2012 paid dividend of $224 million to military morale, welfare and recreation programs

BY Michael Johnsen

DALLAS — The Army & Air Force Exchange Service board of directors on Thursday announced that the Exchange paid a dividend of $224 million in 2012. 

“Historically, roughly two-thirds of Exchange earnings are paid to the services’ morale, welfare and recreation programs with the other third used to build new stores or renovate existing facilities,” stated the Exchange’s senior enlisted advisor Chief Master Sgt. Tony Pearson. “This structure means that authorized customers are, essentially, ‘investors.’”

With a mission to provide quality goods and services at competitively low prices and generate earnings to support quality of life efforts, the dual benefit the Exchange provides military families goes beyond the clothes, electronics and snacks on shelves.

Customers who shop the Exchange’s brick and mortar stores or online at www.shopmyexchange.com help make the military community a better place to live and work. In fact, purchases made in the past 10 years have provided more than $2.4 billion to such military programs as Youth Services, post functions, gyms and aquatic centers.

 

 

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