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Former Eli Lilly executive appointed to top technology post at Sears Holdings

BY Alaric DeArment

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears Holdings has appointed Jeff Balagna as EVP and chief information officer, the Kmart parent company said Thursday.

Balagna was previously chief information officer for drug maker Eli Lilly and will be responsible for Sears Holdings’ technology and infrastructure initiatives in its support centers and in-store.

"Jeff is a proven executive with an analytic approach and experience in transforming complex organizations in rapidly evolving industries," Sears Holdings chairman and CEO Edward Lampert said. "Innovation and technology are cornerstones of Sears Holdings’ efforts to build lasting relationships with Shop Your Way members, and Jeff’s deep expertise in information technology infrastructure, customer loyalty programs and leveraging IT as a business enabler make him a strong addition to our team."

Before working at Lilly, Balagna spent more than five years with Carlson Cos., including serving as CEO of Carlson Marketing, where he led the August 2011 sale of the customer loyalty marketing company to Groupe Aeroplan, which handles the frequent-flyer program for Air Canada.

 

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Reports: Wrigley halts Alert Energy caffeinated gum

BY Jason Owen

WASHINGTON — Wrigley announced late Wednesday the company is temporarily stopping the sale and marketing of its new Alert Energy caffeinated gum "out of respect" for the Food and Drug Administration as the agency investigates the safety of added caffeine in foods.

This is according to a statement issued to the Associated Press.

"After discussions with the FDA, we have a greater appreciation for its concern about the proliferation of caffeine in the nation’s food supply," said Wrigley North America president Casey Keller in the statement to the AP. "There is a need for changes in the regulatory framework to better guide the consumers and the industry about the appropriate level and use of caffeinated products."

Michael Taylor, FDA’s deputy commissioner of foods, said Wrigley’s decision to stop production for now "demonstrates real leadership and commitment to the public health." He said the company made the move after a series of discussions with the agency, noted the AP.


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CRN’s WannaBeWell app to be featured as “App of the Month” by Weight Watchers

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WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition Foundation’s “Life…supplemented” campaign on Thursday announced that its mobile application, WannaBeWell, is the featured “App of the Month” in the May/June issue of Weight Watchers magazine. The bi-monthly magazine, which aids its readers in their weight loss goals through cooking, nutrition, health, fashion and beauty articles, is affiliated with the Weight Watchers weight loss program and boasts a readership of 9.8 million readers.

“We are delighted that this well-respected magazine has acknowledged the campaign’s customizable app,” stated Judy Blatman, CRN SVP communications. “The WannaBeWell app is the ideal tool for the readers of Weight Watchers Magazine, who likely are not only looking to lose weight, but also looking to live healthier lifestyles. The WannaBeWell app does that by focusing on the three pillars of good health: healthy diet, dietary supplements and regular exercise.”

The WannaBeWell app serves as a comprehensive wellness resource that educates, activates and motivates those looking to live a healthier life, Blatman noted. Users can personalize their own animated wellness coach, receive daily motivational and educational messages, partake in “Healthy Missions” and set reminders to take—or restock—their supplements.

 

 

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