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CVS awards grand prize in Ways You Care contest

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS announced Monday the grand prize winner and nine finalists for the For All the Ways You Care contest, a nationwide search for inspirational stories of caring.

Taking home the grand prize of $25,000 was Judy McAtee of Plano Center, Ill. McAtee, who was nominated by her husband Pat, is a foster mother to more than 30 children, and is a mother of 12 including 10 adopted children. In addition to caring for children less fortunate, McAtee has formed an inter-racial adoption support group for families as well as “Special Gifts” seminars designed to share the experiences of foster care and adoption of special needs children.

In addition, the nine finalists received a cash prize of $10,000.

In a similar For All The Ways You Care contest for employees, Denise Walker, a CVS pharmacy technician from Fries, Va., was named a winner.

Last summer, Walker donated a kidney to co-worker Jenifer Utt who was gravely ill with diabetes. The surgery, performed in July 2007, was a success.

The contest winners were selected by a panel of women supporting the campaign: Lee Woodruff, author and wife of ABC news correspondent and anchor Bob Woodruff; Alma Powell, chair of America’s Promise Alliance and wife of Colin Powell; women’s health experts Dr. Donnica Moore and Dr. Alice Domar; and Ladies’ Home Journal editor-in-chief Diane Salvatore.

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Sturken to celebrate his fifth year at Spartan by ringing NASDAQ bell

BY Michael Johnsen

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Spartan Stores’ chairman and chief executive officer Craig Sturken is slated to ring the NASDAQ opening bell on March 3 in celebration of his fifth anniversary leading Spartan, the company announced Thursday.

 “It is an honor to ring the opening NASDAQ bell in celebration of our fifth successful year since transforming into a consumer-centric organization and refocusing our business on our core distribution and retail operations,” Sturken stated. “We have been in the grocery business for more than 90 years and this is our eighth year as a public company, which is marked by our ability to develop and execute successful business strategies in a highly competitive market.”

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Unilever to reorganize company structure

BY Antoinette Alexander

LONDON Unilever, whose brands include Axe, Sunsilk and Dove, has announced that it is restructuring the company and combining its home and personal care segment and food segment into a single category structure.

Ralph Kugler, president of home and personal care, will step down in May at the Annual General Meetings after 29 years of service. The roles of president of home and personal care and president of foods will be merged under the leadership of Vindi Banga, currently president of foods.

To reflect the company’s focus on growth in developing markets, Central and Eastern Europe will be managed within an enlarged region comprised of Asia, Africa and Central and Eastern Europe. Western Europe will become a standalone region.

In other moves, Kees van der Graaf will retire in May from the Unilever board and from his role as president of Europe after a 32-year career with Unilever.

Harish Manwani, currently president of Asia/Africa, will lead the new expanded region. Doug Baillie will serve as president of Western Europe, having previously served as chief executive officer of Hindustan Unilever.

“These measures build naturally on the changes of recent years and give us an organizational structure even better placed to advance our growth agenda. At the same time, I want to express my deep appreciation to Kees and Ralph for the significant contribution they have made over long and distinguished years,” stated Patrick Cescau, group chief executive.

In addition, James Lawrence, currently chief financial officer, will be proposed in May for election as an executive director of Unilever. This change will mean that the Unilever board will be comprised of two executive directors and 11 non-executives.

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