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IRI gears up for Reinventing CPG and Retail Summit 2010

BY Allison Cerra

SAN ANTONIO A leading provider of enterprise market information solutions and services is set to kick off a three-day conference for senior leaders in the global CPG, retail and healthcare industries.

Information Resources Inc.’s Reinventing CPG and Retail Summit 2010 will be held from Mar. 22 to 24 at J.W. Marriott in San Antonio. The conference is a broad-based, high-level forum designed to address and attack the major challenges facing retailers and manufacturers today via the application of cutting-edge content, technologies and best practices, IRI said.

This year’s conference, however, will present an additional feature: Innovation. Since its inception, the summit included discussion on insight and impact, ways for companies to expand. Summit 2010 is about innovating in a new economy, IRI said, which includes finding and taking advantage of opportunities during such hardships. Above all, the summit is about sharing best practices, trends and actionable insights designed to drive growth.

For more information, visit http://www.cpgsummit.com.

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P&G settles lawsuit with Apollo Health

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble announced last week that it has settled a lawsuit against Apollo Health and Beauty Care Corp. of Concord, Ontario, regarding the alleged infringement of its Herbal Essences intellectual property, including trademark, trade dress and industrial design rights.

The suit, filed in December 2008, involved the company’s Herbal Essences brand trade dress, the trademark and the unique design of the Herbal Essences bottles for shampoos and conditioners. In accordance with the settlement, Apollo Health and Beauty Care Corp. has agreed to stop distributing the bottles in issue. Other terms of the settlement will remain confidential, according to P&G.

P&G introduced the Herbal Essences packaging with the relaunch of the brand in 2006.

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P&G board member Lynn Martin retires

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble has announced the retirement of Lynn Martin from its board of directors, effective immediately.

The move, according to P&G, is in accordance with the company’s customary retirement age for directors. Martin, who has been a director since 1994, celebrated her 70th birthday last month.

“Lynn Martin has served P&G’s board with distinction for more than 15 years. We have benefited greatly from her insights, counsel and leadership,” stated Bob McDonald, P&G’s chairman of the board, president and CEO. “We will miss her and wish her continued success.”

Martin served on P&G’s Governance & Public Responsibility and Innovation & Technology committees.

Martin is a former professor at the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and former chair of the Council for the Advancement of Women and advisor to the firm of Deloitte & Touche for Deloitte’s internal human resources and minority advancement matters. She also served as United States secretary of labor from 1991 to 1993. Prior to her tenure as secretary of labor, she was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1981 to 1991.

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