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P&G announces retirement of global customer business development officer

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble announced on Thursday that Mariano Martin, global customer business development officer, will retire from the company after 33 years of service.

Martin’s retirement will be effective June 30, but he will step down from his current role on Feb. 1 to work closely with his successor to ensure a smooth transition.

Succeeding Martin is Robert Fregolle Jr., current VP customer business development for P&G Asia, effective Feb. 1. In his new role as global customer business development officer, Fregolle will report to Werner Geissler, vice chairman of global operations.

“Mariano’s vision and leadership has enabled P&G to become a strong partner and preferred supplier to retail customers around the world,” stated P&G chairman and CEO A.G. Lafley. “He’s worked closely with leading retailers to create joint value and establish new ways of working together. He’s delivered P&G brands to more of the world’s consumers by expanding distribution to new retail channels and millions of high-frequency stores. And he’s strengthened the capabilities of our Global Customer Business Development organization.”

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Almay launches pure blends line of cosmetics for eyes, lips, face

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Almay is rolling out for 2009 its Almay pure blends line of color cosmetics.

The hypoallergenic formulas are made from 95.8% to 98.2% natural ingredients including an exclusive complex of fruit and flower extracts. The products are free of talc and added parabens. In addition, the packaging is made from 44% recycled materials on average.

The collection, available at retail in January, includes foundation, loose finishing powder, blush/bronzer, eye shadow and lipgloss.

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Carmex maker announces winners of ‘Share the Tingle’ video contest

BY Michael Johnsen

MILWAUKEE Carma Laboratories, makers of Carmex lip balm products, on Monday announced the winners of the “Share the Tingle” video contest.

A video entitled, “Share the Tingle with Caution,” created by Ryan Leer of Eden Prairie, Minn., took the grand prize. The winning video, selected from a total of 70 entries, used a Star Wars-like theme featuring the fictional “Carmex light saber.”

“We were thrilled with the variety and quality of the videos we received,” said Paul Woelbing, president of Carma Laboratories. “Contest participants showed us that Carmex is more than just a lip balm when it comes to our most ardent customers. There were many terrific, creative submissions and I especially enjoyed the winning video with its visual wit and attention to detail.”

Contest participants were asked to answer the question, “How do you share the Carmex tingle?” Judges looked for videos that had an entertaining premise, were filled with originality and were simply fun to watch.

As the top winner, Leer received a $5,000 grand prize, plus a Canon VIXIA HF100 flash memory high-definition camcorder and a five-year supply of Carmex lip balm.

In all, Carmex awarded nine prizes to video contest participants. In addition to the grand prize, three first-prize winners received a check for $500, a Canon VIXIA HF100 flash memory high-definition camcorder and a five-year supply of Carmex lip balm. Five second-prize winners were awarded a Canon PowerShot SD1000 Digital Elph Camera and a five-year supply of Carmex lip balm.

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