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Pharmasave Drugs appoints Carmen Churcott as CEO

BY Antoinette Alexander

LANGLEY, British Columbia — Pharmasave Drugs, which has more than 475 community retail pharmacies across Canada, has appointed Carmen Churcott as CEO, effective May 1.

“We are impressed by Carmen’s enthusiasm and her demonstrated willingness to take on tough leadership challenges,” stated Pharmasave national board chair Gary Utter. “Carmen’s strong communication skills and collaborative approach, along with her comprehensive retail experience, is the combination needed to lead Pharmasave to continued success.”

Churcott succeeds Sue Paish, who was appointed CEO in 2007 and left in May 2012 to take over leadership of LifeLabs, a provider of community laboratory services. CFO Zvonko Maretic had been serving as interim CEO.

Prior to joining Pharmasave, Churcott worked for more than 15 years in the grocery industry at Overwaitea Food Group. Her career responsibilities included VP of merchandising, marketing, media relations, and customer loyalty, as well as VP of eCommerce, technology and communications. Her experience also includes human resources, employee development and public relations.

“Pharmasave is an impressive combination of a strong national Pharmasave brand and the independent spirit of community-focused entrepreneurs. I am looking forward to harnessing the creativity across the country by building on the great work already done and delivering even greater member value and growing Pharmasave,” stated Churcott.

 

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Target uses giant ‘dollhouse’ to showcase new home products collection

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Grand Central Terminal in New York played host to a life-sized "dollhouse" this week as Target showcased its new collection of products, including housewares, indoor and outdoor furniture and decorative items.

The dollhouse, used to promote the Threshold collection through Tuesday evening, includes seven rooms upstairs and downstairs furnished with the new products, though only the downstairs rooms are accessible. The display was featured in the century-old, iconic train station’s Vanderbilt Hall.

A central feature was the dollhouse’s "bathroom," in which passersby could receive free makeovers using makeup from Sonia Kashuk’s line, which is marketed through Target under a partnership between the two dating back to 1998.

In addition, products featured tags with QR codes that visitors could use to buy them online with their mobile devices for home delivery. The products from the display will be donated to charitable organizations such as Habitat for Humanity after it is taken down.

 

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NSS names EVP sales for northeast region

BY Antoinette Alexander

ELLISVILLE, Mo. — National Sales Solutions has announced that Rich Siporin will be joining the sales management team as EVP sales for the northeast region.  In this position, he will be responsible for sales development in the New England and New York area.

Siporin has more than 30 years experience in the CPG industry. Past experience includes management positions at Duracell, Playtex, Revlon, Sunbeam, and, most recently, Entertainment Games, where he was VP of sales and marketing. In this position, he led all sales, marketing, package design and customer support activities.

National Sales Solutions is a sales and marketing management company that specializes in helping consumer packaged goods manufacturers become established and grow their business at food, drug and mass.
 


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