American Diabetes Association announces interim CEO
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The American Diabetes Association announced that Suzanne Berry, MBA, CAE has been named interim CEO until a permanent CEO is appointed, effective Aug. 1, 2014. Earlier this month, current CEO Larry Hausner announced that he would be stepping down from that role effective July 31.
"Ms. Berry brings a deep background in nonprofit management and operations to our organization, and we are confident that she is the ideal candidate to lead the Association during this transition period, especially now as we enter our planning phase for 2015 and beyond," said Dwight Holing, chairman of the board of the Association.
Holing said, "We are in the final stages of retaining an executive search firm, and the process of identifying a permanent CEO has begun. We will work diligently to ensure that we find and appoint the right permanent leader for the association. In the interim, we are grateful that we have a leader of Ms. Berry's caliber to oversee our ongoing operations.”
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Survey: Majority of parents will increase back-to-school spending
NEW YORK — According to the Accenture Back-to-School Shopping Survey, two-thirds of parents (67%) plan to spend between $100 and $500 or more for back-to-school shopping this year.
Just more than half (52%) of the parents said they will spend more on back-to-school shopping than last year, while 37% plan to spend the same, and only 11% expect to spend less. One-third (33%) of parents spending more plan to increase their spending by $250 or more.
The survey, which polled U.S. parents of children entering kindergarten through college, shows that nearly all (89%) plan to do most of their back-to-school shopping in a physical store, though many will still use online to browse and search before going to a store to make their purchase.
Among the reasons given for the spending increase, 71% cited higher prices, and 56% cited increased school requirements. Nearly 1-in-5 parents (19%) said they will spend more in order to help their children "keep up with their friends." The survey also shows that while parents carry the wallet, their children carry purchasing power: more than half of parents (54%) said their children influence 50% or more of the back-to-school shopping decisions.
"Retailers should start to pay more attention to the purchasing power children have nowadays, if they're not already," said Dave Richards, managing director of Accenture's Global Retail practice. "When making their school shopping decisions, parents are feeling outside pressures and will still be very focused on pricing and promotions. However, children know what they want, and a portion of the increase in spending that we're seeing can certainly stem from them making just as many decisions for back-to-school shopping as their parents do."