Publix mourns loss of Mark Hollis, director emeritus
LAKELAND, Fla. — Mark Hollis, retired Publix president and director emeritus, passed away early this morning at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, according to the company. He was 78.
“The Publix family is deeply saddened by the loss of a great leader and co-worker who made significant contributions to the growth and success of our company,” stated Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw. “Mark will be sorely missed by his family, our associates and the community. He was a Publix icon who had a way of captivating an audience when he spoke. Most recently, in February of this year, he addressed our Miami Division leadership team for their annual conference and spoke about not looking back on the good old days, but moving forward to the bright future of our company; a message that will long resonate with our managers.”
Hollis was born and raised in Lakeland, Fla. His Publix career spanned almost 60 years, beginning in 1946 at the age of 12 where his first job was bagging potatoes. He worked in all areas of the company, serving as store manager, director of personnel, director of warehousing and distribution, and VP public relations and public affairs. In 1974, he was elected to Publix’s board of directors. He served as the company’s president from 1984 until 1996, when he was elected vice chairman of the board. He retired in 1999 and remained on Publix’s board of directors until 2005, when he was honored as director emeritus.
Hollis earned a bachelor’s degree in management and marketing from Stetson University in 1956 and a master’s in business administration from Michigan State University. He also was awarded honorary doctorates from Stetson University and Florida Southern College. In 1996 he received the Sidney R. Rabb award, Food Marketing Institute’s highest recognition of supermarket industry leaders. He was a co-founder and chairman emeritus of Florida TaxWatch and chairman of the Florida Retail Federation.
Memorial services will be held at First United Methodist Church in Lakeland Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the charity of the donor’s choice, the company stated.
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Reports: CVS Caremark looking to acquire drug chain Onofre in Brazil
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark is reportedly looking to expand outside of the United States by acquiring Onofre, the eighth-largest pharmacy chain in Brazil, according to published reports.
The Valor Economico newspaper reported that CVS Caremark plans to pay $313 million to acquire an 80% stake in Onofre and will also assume the company’s debt.
“We don’t comment on market rumors,” CVS Caremark spokesman Mike DeAngelis told Drug Store News.
According to reports, Onofre, which is controlled by the Arede family, is the eighth-largest drug store chain in Brazil in terms of revenues, posting gross revenue of BR1.2 billion in 2011. Onofre operates 44 stores in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, Espirito Santo and Rio Grande do Sul states.
"According to IMS Health, Brazil’s market (as measured by manufacturers’ revenues) was $29.9 billion in 2011, and is projected to grow by 12% to 15% through 2016," Pembroke Consulting’s Adam Fein noted Friday morning in his blog Drug Channels.
CVS Caremark has stated that it plans to continue to increase the number of stores by 2% to 3% each year, taking share from rivals, but some industry observers have been particularly curious about the likelihood of international expansion, especially in light of Walgreens’ recent merger with Boots Alliance in the U.K.
“Management discussed its thoughts on international expansion at several of the investor meetings, saying that retail pharmacy would work in some places like South America where governments do not set pharmaceutical prices. They viewed the PBM model as much tougher to export,” stated Barclays Capital analyst Meredith Adler in a recent research note. “If CVS takes any steps to grow outside the U.S., however, it will move very slowly and carefully to mitigate the risks; organic growth or small acquisitions are the preferred approach.”
AthenaHealth recruiting retail clinic/urgent care-specific director of client development
WATERTOWN, Mass — AthenaHealth has announced that it is recruiting for a retail clinic/urgent care-specific director of client development.
The Enterprise division manages the largest and most dynamic clients at AthenaHealth. These clients often have multiple c-suites or senior management teams in geographically dispersed locations. Enterprise clients are growing through acquisition and/or consolidation strategies and are usually leading change in the industry and are considered thought leaders.
These characteristics represent considerable challenges, requiring a seasoned team that can manage through the politics and complexity. The director (client development-retail) would lead such a team of four to six senior account managers who are focused on Athena’s clients in the retail clinic and urgent care space. Currently, Athena has five such clients. The director is assigned a book-of-business to manage and is given targets for growing this business segment. The director (client development-retail) is expected to be able to articulate and communicate the Athena POV on key business processes, practice management, and workflow issues.
Given the specialized nature of the retail and urgent care space, the director (client development-retail) will support Athena’s Growth and Solutions Design teams during the sales process with prospective clients providing retail industry specific knowledge and insight. The director (client development-retail) will begin involvement with their client during implementation process and is responsible for the development and maintenance of the client relationships and strategic relationship plan.
The director (client development-retail) oversees all aspects of client interaction, develops meeting agendas and leads meetings involving Athena operations, sales, services, contract negotiations, finance, consulting and support personnel. They are responsible for ensuring that client contract terms are met. The director, in conjunction with the VPCD, has regularly scheduled partnership governance and business review meetings with the client’s c-suite and strives to become their trusted advisor.
The director (client development-retail) will also take a leadership role in the convenient care and urgent care industry associations ensuring Athena is well represented within these organizations as a leading service provider and thought leader.
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