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The Network Journal recognizes Meijer human resources executive

BY Alaric DeArment

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Meijer executive has received recognition from a magazine for African-American professionals and business owners.

Meijer SVP human resources Karen Morris was named among the 25 influential African-American women in business in 2012 by The Network Journal. The magazine started recognizing influential African-American women in 1999.

"It’s truly an honor to be recognized for doing something I thoroughly enjoy," Morris said. Morris has previously worked for Tyco International, Starwood Hotels and Resorts and General Mills.

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Iams celebrates Senior Plus with ‘Play Young, Stay Young’ Facebook contest

BY Allison Cerra

MASON, Ohio — Celebrating the recent debut of its Senior Plus line, Iams is launching a contest on Facebook called "Play Young, Stay Young," which encourages pet parents to celebrate their pets that are ages 11 years and older.

Through June 3, Iams will select each week a dog and cat that exemplify how pets can play young to stay young, all while educating consumers about the unique nutritional needs for pets 11 and older via Facebook. Each pet will be selected based on a photo and brief essay.

"On the heels of introducing our new Senior Plus formula, we launched the ‘Play Young, Stay Young’ contest to offer pet parents a fun and unique opportunity to celebrate their 11 and older four-legged family members with the chance to win free food for a year," Iams external relations manager Laura Lewis said. "We’re all looking forward to reading the many entries that bring to life how cats and dogs can really benefit from a proper diet and active lifestyle."

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CVS Caremark ranks among top 25 ‘Most Reputable Companies in America’ on Forbes list

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark announced on Friday that it has been named as one of the most reputable companies in America by Reputation Institute, in partnership with Forbes Media.

The survey rankings are based on Reputation Institute’s "2012 U.S. RepTrak Pulse," a study that measures the 150 largest U.S. public companies.

Of the companies included in the survey of more than 10,000 consumers, CVS Caremark ranked 25th. Last year, the company ranked 30th. Survey respondents rated companies on workplace, governance, citizenship, financial performance and leadership, products and services, and innovation.

"We are proud to be ranked among the most reputable companies in America," stated Larry Merlo, president and CEO of CVS Caremark. "As a pharmacy innovation company, CVS Caremark knows that to make a difference you have to do things differently. So, we’re reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing caring expert guidance, new cost-effective solutions and even more convenient access to care."

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