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More merchandising moves announced at Walmart

BY DSN STAFF

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Senior leadership within Walmart’s merchandising organization continues to undergo a transformation as the retailer’s chief merchandising officer Duncan Mac Naughton on Friday announced another round of personnel moves.

The most recent changes were precipitated by an announcement that veteran merchant John Westling was retiring from his position of EVP general merchandise and replenishment. That resulted in the elevation of SVPs John Aden and Pam Kohn to new EVP roles, which in turn triggered additional personnel moves Walmart announced internally on Friday.

Among the key changes, Gary Severson will transition to the role of SVP/GMM hardlines, after previously serving as SVP/GMM entertainment. Filling his shoes will be Seong Ohm, who will serve as SVP/GMM entertainment, after previously holding the position of SVP home, hardlines and entertainment in Walmart’s Global Merchandising Center. Severson and Ohm will report to Aden.

Filling Ohm’s role is veteran merchant Karen Stuckey who was named SVP home, hardlines and entertainment in the Global Merchandise Center. She will report to EVP softlines Andy Barron.

Filling Stuckey’s role is Michelle Gloeckler, who was named SVP/GMM home and also will report to Barron. She previously served as SVP merchandise execution.

Another notable move involved Matt Kistler, who was named SVP merchandise execution after serving briefly as SVP marketing, prior to which he was SVP sustainability.

The previous week in conjunction with Westling’s retirement announcement the company named John Aden EVP general merchandise and Pam Kohn EVP Walmart’s merchandise services organization. Aden had previously served as SVP hardlines and Kohn was SVP global food sourcing.

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Viagra patent upheld

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Pfizer announced that the patent for its popular erectile dysfunction treatment was upheld in court.

The drug maker said that the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia concluded that Pfizer’s patent for Viagra was valid and enforceable and prevents generic drug maker Teva from marketing its version of the drug until October 2019. Pfizer noted that litigation on the same patent remains pending against other generic companies, but no trials are scheduled in those other cases.

The court’s decision, however, is subject to appeal by Teva.

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ECRM CEO and founder Charlie Bowlus leaves behind important legacy

BY Antoinette Alexander

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT — There’s no doubt that the industry is still coming to terms with the unexpected passing of ECRM CEO and founder Charlie Bowlus — a longtime industry veteran whose passion and humility touched so many lives.

(THE NEWS: ECRM founder, CEO Charlie Bowlus passes away. For the full story, click here)

Commenting on the news, Pepsom Group president John Brown III wrote on DrugStoreNews.com: “Charlie was a first-class person, in every sense of the word. Ever since I first met him, he has always been innovative, positive-minded and generous with heart and soul. I was blessed to have known him for many years, when ECRM was not even a blip on the radar. We send our sincerest condolences to his family, and to the entire ECRM staff. I know he will always remain a legend in the retail industry and beyond, but more importantly, everyone will always keep fond memories of Charlie, the friend, father, mentor, in our hearts. Thanks for spending time with all of us, Charlie, we will miss you.”

“… Charlie, you were a true friend and a comrade in arms and I only hope that you have the opportunity to have as many parties in Heaven as you held here. You were a pioneer and you never forgot where you came from. You touched the bottom and you went to the top and everything you got, you earned and then some. You never forgot your friends wherever you met them …” wrote Gregory Rubin, Garcoa Labs CEO.

“… I often think of Charlie as the reason I am blessed to have my three boys and wonderful wife who I met at an ECRM show. I always thanked Charlie every time I saw him as if it wasn’t for him our family wouldn’t exist. Charlie, you will be extremely missed and we are thankful for the lives you have touched. I will continue to think of you as my children grow, remembering you are who helped put them in my life,” wrote Jeff Stice, Olympic Mountain Products president.

These are just a few of the many comments. Clearly, the number of people who commented just within 24 hours of the sad news is a reflection of the important legacy Bowlus leaves behind.

Those who would like to share their thoughts and express their condolences are encouraged to comment via Facebook, post a comment on DrugStoreNews.com or send an email to [email protected].

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