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NEW names Walgreens VP to association vice chair post

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO — Catherine Lindner, Walgreens VP retail marketing, has been named vice chair of the Network of Executive Women, the association announced Tuesday. Under the NEW’s bylaws, Lindner will assume the post of board chair when the term of the current board chair — Walmart SVP home Michelle Gloeckler — expires in October 2012.

Outgoing vice chair Julie Hamilton, executive assistant to the chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola, will become an at-large member of the NEWk’s board. Lindner’s role as marketing chair on the Network’s Executive Committee will be taken by NEW board member Annie Zipfel, VP owned brands and packaging for Target.

Lindner helped form NEW Chicago and has been the lead on the NEW 2020 project, the Network’s strategic research and planning process designed to define its focus for the next decade. At Walgreens, she is responsible for the marketing strategy, planning and execution of the company’s $22 billion retail business. Zipfel is responsible for creating and executing strategy for Target owned brands with $15 billion in annual sales.
 

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Safeway partners with Avril Lavigne for annual Support for People with Disabilities campaign

BY Allison Cerra

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway announced that it has tapped singer/songwriter and philanthropist Avril Lavigne to thank customers who support the retailer’s annual Support for People with Disabilities fundraising campaign.

When customers enter any of the company’s Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Tom Thumb, Randalls, Dominick’s or Carrs stores through April 30, they will find "Behind the Scenes with Avril Lavigne" signs near each store’s entrance. There, customers can grab a tear-card from the sign and bring it to the register to make a $5 donation at checkout to support services for children and adults living with disabilities, including Easter Seals, Special Olympics and an array of organizations. Those customers will be given a coupon and code to view exclusive videos of Avril Lavigne on tour, behind the scenes, performing from her dressing room and visiting Easter Seals programs for kids with disabilities. What’s more, the content also includes an exclusive acoustic version of one of the singer’s most popular songs.

"We are honored to be working with Avril Lavigne to build even more excitement for our disabilities campaign and give our customers something unique as a thank you for their support — exclusive access to go behind the scenes with Avril," said Larree Renda, Safeway EVP and chair of the Safeway Foundation, the retailer’s charitable arm.

In related news, Safeway said it is supporting the campaign this year by partnering with Rebuilding Together, a nonprofit working to preserve affordable homeownership, to plan and execute home or community center rehabilitation projects that serve people with disabilities. In the coming weeks, teams of Safeway volunteers will be deployed in each of the company’s key markets to assist Rebuilding Together "project managers" with various repair, landscape, paint and remodel work. This is the third consecutive year that Safeway has joined with Rebuilding Together to make homes and community centers more accessible.

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Allergy Relief

BY DSN STAFF

The March/April 2012 Allergy Relief Ingredient Guide breaks down the indication, ingredients, purpose and dosage of Claritin, Allegra, Zyrtec, Benadryl, Alavert, Advil Allergy Sinus, Chlor-Trimeton Allergy, Hyland’s Seasonal Allergy Relief and Similasan Nasal Allergy Relief.

Click here for the complete guide.

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