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Former Walmart exec David Hoodis joins Natural Insight’s advisory board

BY Antoinette Alexander

STERLING, Va. — Former Walmart executive David Hoodis has joined the corporate advisory board of Natural Insight, a private retail technology company engaged in workforce management.

“We feel privileged to have access to David’s respected experience in workforce innovation. His success with numerous leading retailers brings us an added perspective that enables us to stay even further ahead of market need,” stated Stefan Midford, president and CEO of Natural Insight in making the announcement.

A former Walmart and Modell’s Sporting Goods executive, Hoodis is a recognized expert in retail innovation and workforce efficiency. The addition to Natural Insight’s advisory board comes at a time of rapid company expansion in retail markets.

While at Modell’s Sporting Goods, Hoodis served as EVP. He also draws upon eight years of experience with Walmart, where as a corporate officer he spanned many roles, to include U.S. store operations, where he had responsibility for all day-to-day initiatives, strategic planning and direction, field communication and customer service.

 

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Murad develops new Pore & Line Minimizing Hydrator

BY Antoinette Alexander

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Murad, whose skin care products are available at such retailers as Ulta Beauty and Sephora, has announced the addition of the new Pore & Line Minimizing Hydrator to its Anti-Aging Acne Line, which was created to simultaneously reduce acne and aging concerns.

The new Pore & Line Minimizing Hydrator refines pores and provides essential hydration to soothe and repair skin breakouts. Formulated to balance skin and minimize the signs of aging, this dual-action hydrator promises to maintain clear, youthful skin by clearing and tightening pores for a refined complexion while boosting collagen for skin that looks and feels plumper and smoother.

The new Pore & Line Minimizing Hydrator is priced at $49.50.
 

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SymphonyIRI taps former P&G exec to lead retail solutions

BY Antoinette Alexander

CHICAGO — Market research firm SymphonyIRI Group has named former Procter & Gamble executive Beverly Grant as president of Retail Solutions.

She will report to Mark Parise, president of IRI, SymphonyIRI.

 “We are very excited to have Beverly join us,” stated Andrew Appel, president and CEO of SymphonyIRI. “Her proven record in building successful collaboration partnerships coupled with her broad set of industry relationships makes her a great addition to our team. She is the right leader to help us accelerate growth for our CPG and retail partners.”

Before joining SymphonyIRI, Grant spent 26 years at P&G in various roles, including VP, GM and chief channel officer for the North America Grocery Channel; and global business director of Beauty, Market Strategy and Planning, Food, Beverage and Pet Nutrition.

Most recently, she led P&G’s $8.5 billion retail grocery business.. Prior to P&G, Grant also gained experience in the food and beverage channel at Kroger, as well as in the healthcare, oral care and beauty categories.

“Collaboration between manufacturers and retailers is an essential need in order for our industry to truly advance, and SymphonyIRI has the right assets to boost these important conversations,” stated Grant. “I look forward to undertaking the task of enhancing and implementing SymphonyIRI’s broader U.S. retail strategy and am excited to be a part of the industry transformation that is about to take place.”

 

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