DunnhumbyUSA announces executive promotions
CINCINNATI — DunnhumbyUSA, a customer science company that works to build brand value for consumer goods and retail companies, has announced the promotion of six executives.
Brian Higdon has been named VP of client leadership and is responsible for driving strategic engagement with grocery and beverage manufacturers. Higdon has been with dunnhumby for more than five years and has contributed to the organizational evolution and growth of the manufacturer practice, as well as supported the development, piloting and launch of dunnhumby’s customer relationship management solutions. Higdon previously served as senior account manager for Ipsos Insight, a global market research company, where he was responsible for managing custom marketing research programs.
Dawn Valandingham has been promoted to VP of client leadership and is responsible for building key relationships across departments and categories for Kroger. Previously director of client leadership, Valandingham has held a variety of leadership roles, all focused on delivering value for the Kroger business. Prior to dunnhumby, Valandingham served as category manager at Perfetti Van Melle.
Megan Moglia is now VP of client solutions and is responsible for the innovation roadmap and the evolution of customer tools that guide price and promotion investments and working with retailers to launch those strategies. Prior to her current role, Moglia served as director of client solutions, playing an integral role in the design and development of price optimization programs. Moglia was previously director of category management and shopper insights for Universal Studios Home Entertainment, a GE/NBC affiliate.
Sean Hannon has been promoted to VP of client leadership and is responsible for leading dunnhumby’s engagement with alcoholic beverage and health and beauty care manufacturers. Holding a variety of client-facing positions during his tenure at dunnhumby, Hannon helped to create and shape dunnhumby’s Tesco manufacturer practice in Ireland, as well as develop and commercialize dunnhumby’s consumer packaged goods trade strategy and shopper optimization capability in the United States. Prior to joining dunnhumbyUSA, Hannon served as business analyst, strategic projects at Miller Brewing Co.
Susan Visconte has been named VP of client solutions and is responsible for leading a team that works with dunnhumby’s alcoholic beverage and health and beauty care clients to identify obstacles and deliver solutions that drive profit by forming strong relationships with customers. Previously director, client solutions, Visconte developed solutions to enhance clients’ business opportunities. Prior to joining dunnhumbyUSA, Visconte spent three years at The Nielsen Co./BASES, most recently as manager, client consulting.
Dawn Shirley has been promoted to VP of communications and media and is responsible for developing client engagement strategies for dunnhumby’s consumer packaged goods clients. Shirley has been with dunnhumby for more than eight years and has contributed to overall business development within the grocery industry. Previously, Shirley served as director, analytical consulting at Catalina Marketing.
News Marketing Canada inks online couponing partnership with Rexall
TORONTO — News Marketing Canada, the company behind the SmartSource brand of consumer savings products and services, has signed an exclusive agreement with Canadian pharmacy retailer Rexall to provide instant, print-at-home online coupons on Rexall.ca, the company has announced.
Rexall’s website will feature coupons from the SmartSource.ca Online Coupon Network, as well as Rexall-exclusive coupons for a wide variety of grocery and drug brands. Coupons are available on rexall.ca, effective immediately.
"We are thrilled to have Rexall join our SmartSource.ca Online Savings Network," stated Adam North, SVP of News Marketing Canada. "We have been longtime partners with Rexall through our in-store advertising and promotions, and we’re looking forward to expanding this partnership into the online sphere."
SmartSource’s technology allows Canadian shoppers to select the coupons they want online and instantly print them at home. In just over a year since its launch, SmartSource.ca has grown into one of Canada’s leading destinations for savings, with more than 2 million coupons printed to date. SmartSource.com, its US equivalent, has been in operation for more than 10 years.
"It’s important to Rexall to make the shopping experience easier through new programs and services," added Jennifer Zedic, director of advertising and marketing at Rexall. "Our customers appreciate the added convenience and value of bringing online savings to Rexall.ca and we’re pleased to be working with News Marketing Canada to make this new coupon site possible."
Giant-Landover signs statement of support for National Guard, reserve
WASHINGTON — The head of Ahold USA’s Giant-Landover banner has pledged the supermarket chain’s support for the Department of Defense’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.
Giant-Landover, officially Giant Food of Landover, Md., said president Anthony Hucker signed a statement of support for National Guard and reserve employees at the Brentwood Giant Food in Washington, accompanied by ESGR District of Columbia chairman George Alexander. Established in 1972, the ESGR develops and maintains employer support for the Guard and Reserve service.
"Supportive employers such as Giant Food are critical to maintaining the readiness and strength of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units and allow guardsmen and reservists the opportunity to serve our country more effectively and with greater peace of mind," Alexander said. "By signing this statement of support, Giant sends a clear message they stand committed to their military employees and recognize the integrity, global perspective and proven leadership they bring to the workplace."
The signing coincided during Giant’s Military Appreciation Month, which started March 1, which includes a hiring initiative aimed at members of the military and support for the USO of Metropolitan Washington and USO Delaware.