Beiersdorf’s Holding, Duane Reade’s Magnacca honored at beauty gala
New York —Iain Holding, president of Beiersdorf North America, and Joe Magnacca, chief merchandising officer of Duane Reade, were honored in February during the Beyond Beauty dinner benefiting the James E. Marshall OCD Foundation.
The foundation is dedicated to raising money for genetic research and education, as well as helping to provide grants to those seeking medical assistance for obsessive-compulsive disorder. It is estimated that 6 million Americans are affected by OCD.
The event was held on Feb. 4 at the Union League Club in Manhattan, bringing together cosmetic industry heads to honor those who’ve made a difference and to raise funds for research. In 2005, the James E. Marshall OCD Foundation hosted its first Beyond Beauty Gala in New York City.
In addition to honoring Holding and Magnacca, the event included a performance by singer-songwriter duo Ashford & Simpson, known for such hits as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Solid.” Serving as the mistress of ceremonies was actress and humanitarian Susan Saint James.
Colgate-Palmolive adds two members to board of directors
NEW YORK Colgate-Palmolive appointed Helene Gayle, president and CEO of Care USA, and Joseph Jimenez, CEO of Novartis AG, to serve on its board of directors, effective March 1.
The company also announced that Jill Conway, a director since 1984, will retire from the board, effective May 7 at the end of her current term. Former president of Smith College, Conway has contributed to the company’s success for 26 years, especially through her focus on Colgate’s “pay per performance” programs, leadership succession practices and global diversity initiatives, the company stated.
Gayle currently guides the strategy and management of Care USA, a humanitarian organization. As an expert in the global public health field, she brings to Colgate’s board an understanding of the importance of health and hygiene around the world where Colgate’s oral and personal care products are sold.
Jimenez was named CEO of Novartis AG in January 2010, having previously led Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Novartis Consumer Health units beginning in 2007. Jimenez, whose experience also includes serving as former president and CEO of Heinz Europe and Heinz North America, brings to the board leadership experience in the consumer products industry.
Duane Reade to carry Ecostore products
WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. Duane Reade has inked an exclusive partnership with Ecostore USA to carry Ecostore’s plant- and mineral-based household cleaning, baby care and personal care products, the manufacturer has announced.
“We are very pleased to be the first drug store chain in the United States to offer Ecostore’s superb eco-friendly line,” stated Joe Magnacca, chief merchandising officer for Duane Reade. “We have seen a growing interest in eco-friendly products among our core New York customer base and are delighted to be able to help meet that interest across several key product categories.”
The product lines that Duane Reade will carry at its more than 250 stores include, but are not limited to:
- Plant and mineral-based liquid laundry
- Citrus all purpose cleaner
- Baby body wash
- Baby Nappy balm
- Vanilla-coconut hand wash
- Rose-cardoman hand wash
- Baby Sleepytime bath
As reported, Walgreens is looking to acquire Duane Reade from affiliates of Oak Hill Capital Partners in a cash deal valued at about $1.08 billion.