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Frank Scorpiniti named CEO of Earth Fare

BY Antoinette Alexander

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Frank Scorpiniti, former CEO of Katz Group Canada/Rexall/Rexall Pharma Plus, has taken the helm at Earth Fare, a natural and organic grocery chain based in Asheville, N.C.

Earth Fare operates 33 full-service grocery stores throughout the Midwest and Southeast United States. The stores provide shoppers with natural and organic foods free of additives and artificial ingredients, and also contain health-and-wellness departments featuring holistic bath and body products, as well as vitamins, supplements and other nutritional support.

Scorpiniti assumed the role of CEO on Oct. 29. Scorpiniti’s arrival coincides with a period of rapid growth for Earth Fare. The grocery chain plans to add more than half a dozen stores in the year 2015, beginning with its first Atlanta-Metro location, which will open for business in Peachtree Corners this month.

Prior to joining Earth Fare, Scorpiniti served as CEO of Katz Group Canada Ltd/Rexall/Rexall Pharma Plus. He joined the Canadian pharmacy retailer as COO in 2011, before advancing to the role of CEO in 2012. He has spent the balance of his career in retail, beginning in store operations at Long’s Drugs in his native California in 1986. He held various positions of increasing responsibility before joining Duane Reade 2008 as SVP of pharmacy operations.

“I strongly believe that a retailer has to live its brand values and principles in how it operates and engages with its customers, something that Earth Fare already exemplifies,” Scorpiniti said. “I am looking forward to bringing my personal passion to Earth Fare, and helping an already vibrant company reach its full potential.”

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Kim Sines named SVP sales at hello

BY Ryan Chavis

NEW YORK — Oral care brand hello Products has named Kim Sines as its new SVP of sales. Sines brings to the company a range of experience at such companies as Warner-Lambert, Pfizer, L'Oréal and Unilever. 
 
Prior to joining hello, Sines was leading Unilever's $1 billion Northeast division team across the company's 20 categories and lines of business, leading product launches, as well as tackling new channel/customer development. Although her focus has been in customer development, Sines also has a strong background in marketing and supply chain. 
 
Other promotions at hello include Adam Levison, who has been promoted to controller; and Aaron Cramer, who has been promoted to VP of supply chain and logistics. 
 
“As the company transitions from year one into year two, the new and expanded leadership team will continue to establish hello as the brand that finally makes personal care more, well, personal,” said hello’s founder and CEO, Craig Dubitsky. “We’re growing like crazy, and this passionate and extremely experienced team has the goods to deliver on the scale of the opportunity before us.” 

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Bi-Lo Holdings president, CEO Randall Ostead to step down

BY Michael Johnsen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Bi-Lo Holdings president and CEO Randall Ostead will be stepping down from his position in two months, according to a report in the Florida Time-Union published Tuesday. 
 
A successor has been chosen, but not yet named, according to the report. 
 
The company declined to comment on the reasons for the change. 
 

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