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Kroger announces retirement of mid-south division president John Hackett

BY Mike Troy

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After 50 years of service with the company, Kroger’s mid-south division president John Hackett is retiring. Hackett began his career with Kroger in 1963 as a store clerk in London, Ohio, while working his way through college at The Ohio State University.

Following graduation he entered the Kroger management training program in 1968, which led to a variety of marketing and operations roles in the Columbus and Indianapolis divisions. In 1984, John was promoted to director of merchandising of the Louisville division. In 1990 he was promoted to division president, where he oversaw the merger of the Louisville and Nashville divisions to create the mid-south division.

"During his 50-year career, John has consistently demonstrated his passion for and commitment to our associates, our customers and our local communities," said Kroger president and COO Rodney McMullen. "In addition to being a great executive, John is a first-class human being and person. When you define a gentleman the definition is John Hackett. We thank John and his wife, Kay, for their many years of dedicated service and wish them the best in retirement. I am sure John will remain involved in serving the Kroger family through his community service, passionately advocating for the causes that matter deeply to John and his family."

Hackett has served as the division’s president for 23 of his 50 years at Kroger. According to the company, he has been passionate about growing the business and change throughout his entire career. During his 29 years in Louisville, the division grew from 55 stores to 161, and sales increased more than tenfold. Under his watch, the mid-south division pioneered self-checkout and opened the company’s first Kroger fuel station and Little Clinic. Hackett also led an associate safety initiative that reduced accidents by 70% and became a model for the entire company.

Hackett serves on the board of overseers for the University of Louisville and is board emeritus for the Dare to Care Food Bank. He served as a trustee for the Louisville Urban League and is a former board member of Bellarmine University, the Louisville Economic Development Association and the Metropolitan College Steering Committee. He also served as president, chairman and director of the Kentucky Retail Federation. He’s been married to wife, Kay, for 45 years. The couple has two grown children, Ann and John, and six grandchildren.

Kroger’s mid-south division is based in Louisville. It has 22,000 employees and operates 161 stores in Kentucky, Tennessee, southern Indiana and southern Illinois.

 

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J.WISHNIA says:
May-30-2013 11:10 pm

Thanks to Mr. Hackett for supporting the value of supplying Kosher Foods in his district. I only wish the McMann Kroger would adhere to his wishes... Jake Wishnia, President of the Vaad in Louisville...

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Armada Health Care achieves full URAC accreditation

BY Jason Owen

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Armada Health Care, a specialty pharmacy channel management organization, announced that the organization has been awarded Health Call Center, Health Web Site and Health Content Provider accreditation from URAC, a Washington, D.C.-based healthcare accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the healthcare industry.

"Armada continues to expand its portfolio of specialty solutions and patient services for our member pharmacy network and pharmaceutical manufacturer partners," stated Armada CEO, Lawrence Irene , R.Ph. "We have a commitment to quality and see URAC Accreditation as a critical step in continuing to provide a high-quality, patient-centric approach as we both expand existing services and develop new programs for these important industry partners."

"We applaud Armada on achieving URAC Health Call Center, Health Web Site and Health Content Provider accreditation," said Alan P. Spielman, URAC president and CEO. "In today’s healthcare market, URAC accreditation provides a mark of distinction for organizations to demonstrate their commitment to quality health care."

URAC Health Call Center standards apply to organizations providing triage and health information services to the public when conducted by telephone, via website or other electronic means. The standards assure that registered nurses, physicians or other validly licensed individuals perform the clinical aspects of triage and other health information services in a manner that is timely, confidential, and includes medically appropriate care and treatment advice.

The URAC Health Web Site Accreditation program is an innovative, cost-effective quality improvement service that provides meaningful feedback to health website owners on how to improve the quality of online operations, including:

  • Privacy and security;
  • Health content editorial processes;
  • Disclosure of financial relationships;
  • Linking policies;
  • Consumer complaints; and 
  • Emerging best practices.

The URAC Health Content Provider Accreditation program requires health content providers to develop editorial policies and apply these policies to health content licensed to other websites.

 

 

 

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Sephora launches YOU+Sephora cosmetics collection to benefit charities

BY Antoinette Alexander

SAN FRANCISCO — Following the launch of Values Inside Out, Sephora’s charitable platform has presented the first limited-edition cosmetic collection to benefit its nonprofit partners. 

The YOU + SEPHORA cosmetic collection, which will be available June 1 in all U.S. Sephora stores and on Sephora.com, retails for $20 and features a covetable clutch, glitter eye liner, lip gloss and nail polish. Sephora USA Inc. will donate $13 for each bag sold in-store to the store’s selected charity, while bags sold on Sephora.com will benefit the American Heart Association.

YOU + SEPHORA features:

  • One collectable cosmetic pouch perfect for purse, travel or gym bag;
  • One mini lip gloss in a dusty pink shimmer finish that you can apply over your favorite lipstick or wear alone;
  • One mini gold glitter liquid eyeliner that you can wear alone or layer to brighten the glitter effect; and
  • One mini nail polish in a warm champagne metallic finish to act as the finishing touch for your summer ensembles.

"At Sephora, our continual mission for Values Inside Out is to inspire and engage our teams to play a part in making a difference in their communities, and this bag allows them to do just that, share their passion for cosmetics with their clients that ultimately supports our charitable partners across the country," stated Mary Herald, Sephora’s EVP of human resources and education.
 

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