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P&G’s Always, Olympian Veronica Campbell-Brown team up to ‘Pass the Baton’

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI — In the spirit of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Procter & Gamble’s Always feminine care brand has partnered with track and field athlete Veronica Campbell-Brown to start running the Always “Baton Connection” Facebook program.

Always fans can “Pass the Baton” to show their appreciation to those who inspire them. With this passing of a baton, the hope is that recipients will be inspired to do the same.

“I’m supporting this Always program because having strong female role models in my life encouraged me to pursue my dream of becoming an Olympic athlete,” stated Campbell-Brown, who will be competing in her fourth Olympic Games this July. “Whether it was a small victory or making it to the world’s stage at the Olympic Games, these women like my mom helped me reach my full potential, and I can’t thank them enough.”

A five-time Olympic medalist for Jamaica, Campbell-Brown, who lives and trains in Florida, is the second woman in history to win two consecutive 200-meter events at the Olympic Games.

To “Pass the Baton” to an inspiring woman, visit and “like” the Always Facebook page and “Pass the Baton” to a woman who was a source of help, support or inspiration. If that woman is on Facebook, a notification will pop up to alert her that she has received an Always Baton. The Always Baton Connection Program is only available in the United States for females 18 years of age and older and Canada for females 19 years of age and older.

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Scott Huckins joins Sears Holdings

BY Allison Cerra

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart parent company Sears Holdings announced the appointment of Scott Huckins to the post of VP and corporate treasurer.

Huckins joins the company from RSC Holdings, where he served as VP and treasurer, responsible for global treasury, credit and investor relations activities.

"Throughout the course of his career, Scott has led a variety of public and private capital markets activities, worked extensively with private equity investors and served as the lead in managing relationships with banks and ratings agencies on numerous financing transactions. He has also overseen substantial pension plan assets, managed [mergers and acquisitions] transactions and developed strategic plans and valuation frameworks," Sears Holdings EVP and CFO Rob Schriesheim said. "This combination of strategic and financial experience complements our continued transformation of Sears Holdings and our strong focus on financial discipline."

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GMDC bestows top honor to longtime Unilever exec

BY DSN STAFF

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Global Market Development Center has awarded Jerry Brown its 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award. The honor was given on June 3 during the "Dinner with the Chairman" at the 42nd Annual 2012 General Merchandise Conference in Orlando, Fla.

The GMDC Lifetime Achievement Award was initiated in 1995, during the 25th anniversary of the association, to honor individuals who have been industry leaders and made significant contributions to the general merchandise and health beauty wellness categories during their careers. The Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is recognized primarily for contributions to the industry as a whole, but also for his or her contributions to their own company and GMDC. The selection of the annual recipient is made by a special committee comprised of past GMDC chairmen of the board who are still active in the Association and the GMDC executive committee.

Jerry Brown began his business career with Johnson & Johnson Baby Products. In 1980, he began a career with Chesebrough’s — Pond, Ragu Packaged Foods Division. He held numerous field and internal positions in three of Chesebrough’s (now Unilever) Division — Ragu (Foods), Chesebrough Health and Beauty, and Prince Matchabelli (Cosmetics and Fragrances).

In 1996, he assumed a position in the industry and customer development department with Unilever. He was promoted to VP industry and customer development for Unilever home and personal care in 1998. Jerry ended his tenure in December 2011 leading Unilever’s industry and customer development team. Jerry is currently serving on numerous industry committees and on the advisory boards including: GMDC, NACDS, RILA, FMI, CIES, NGA, IGA, SIFE, and BEEP. Brown also served as GMDC HBW advisory board chairman, membership advisory board chairman, and was a longtime director of the Education Leadership Council.

"Jerry has been an incredible contributor to GMDC and our industry for decades," GMDC president and CEO Dave McConnell said. "His recognition this evening is not only well deserved … it is an incredibly popular selection amongst his peers and partners."

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T.AUGENBRAUN says:
Jun-07-2012 08:49 am

You will be receiving hundreds of notes of praise to Jerry and his well deserved award in recognition of his business insights, dedication to his company and standard of excellence. I praise his wonderful sense of humor, moral center and his daily reminder that good indeed triumphs. To Jerry, a true gentleman and mentsch and Glenna his love and support the very best. Terry Augenbraun

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