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Rite Aid Foundation launches KidCents to benefit children’s charities

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. — The Rite Aid Foundation is taking charitable giving to the next level by letting customers choose the charity they want to support through KidCents, Rite Aid’s in-store, round-up program that supports nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children. Beginning Monday, members of the company’s wellness+ program will now have the ability to designate their change to one of the 204 approved KidCents charities on Kidcents.com.
 
Marking the occasion, Rite Aid associates across the country will present $10,000 checks to each of the 204 inaugural KidCents charities, totaling over $2 million in donations, starting today and continuing through the week. This initial group of KidCents charities was selected by Rite Aid associates across the country and is representative of all the communities the company serves.
 
Rite Aid president and COO Ken Martindale, who also serves as president of the Rite Aid Foundation, along with Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Michael Wolf, will help launch the nationwide celebrations by presenting two local nonprofit organizations, Leg Up Farm of Mt. Wolf and Family Support of Central Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, each with $10,000. The foundation will provide a total of $250,000 to Pennsylvania nonprofit children’s charities during the course of the week.
 
“We know our customers share our passion when it comes to giving back to the community, and that’s why we created KidCents,” Martindale said. “By shopping at Rite Aid and rounding up their purchases, our customers can easily make a meaningful difference in the lives of kids right in their own community. And our initial group of charities is just the beginning, as we hope that customers who are already involved with an organization that supports children’s health and wellbeing will encourage that charity to apply to join KidCents, taking our program to a whole new level, helping even more kids.”
 
To participate, Rite Aid customers can sign into their wellness+ account at KidCents.com and review the profiles of approved KidCents charities they can choose to support. Each charity profile features information about the organization and the services it provides as well as stories of those helped by the organization. Once a charity is selected, the next time the customer shops at Rite Aid, their purchase will be rounded up to the nearest dollar and their change will be designated to their selected charity.
 
“As a public health official and as a father, I know how valuable it is for our children and young people to receive the resources they need to have the highest quality of life and health possible,” said Wolf. “KidCents provides an opportunity for people to make small contributions that can create lifelong impacts to the communities they serve.”
 
Nonprofit organizations interested in participating in the Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program can visit www.kidcents.com/apply to submit an application. To be eligible, an organization must be classified as exempt from federal tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code and meet the KidCents program guidelines. Once approved, KidCents charities are also eligible to earn a “Step Up” reward; for every $500 a charity raises in contributions through the KidCents program, it will receive a matching donation of $500 from KidCents, up to a maximum of $5,000 throughout the giving term.
 
Since its inception in 2001, the Rite Aid Foundation has awarded more than $17 million to nonprofit organizations, and Rite Aid has partnered with its customers to raise and donate $65 million to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country.
 

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Pharmavite announces two executive appointments: CMO and VP operations

BY Michael Johnsen

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — Pharmavite on Monday named Etienne Patout (left) as its new chief marketing officer and Brett Buatti (right) as VP operations.
 
"These key appointments come at an important time for Pharmavite and I am certain that both Etienne and Brett's leadership qualities and relevant experience will help drive the company to continued success over the coming years," stated Connie Barry, CEO and board chair Pharmavite. "Etienne brings to Pharmavite a deep and broad understanding of the key tenets of consumer marketing while Brett has proven expertise in operations and supply chain management."
 
As new chief marketing officer, Patout comes to Pharmavite with nearly 20 years of experience within the CPG industry. Most recently, he served as general manager and VP for wholesome snacks at the Kellogg Co. Patout also previously worked at Kraft Foods where he was responsible for a number of key brand portfolios and gained recognition for being a business leader for reinvention and innovation. Patout received his Master of Business Administration from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. He received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force.
 
Buatti has worked at a number of consumer product companies including General Mills, Dole Food Company, Campbell Soup Company and most recently VP of manufacturing at NBTY. Brett received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemical Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Engineering Sciences with a Minor in Economics from Dartmouth College. He also attended a joint program at Thayer School of Engineering and Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth where he earned a Masters of Engineering Management. 

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Female Health Co. names new EVP global operations

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO — The Female Health Co. on Monday announced that Martin Tayler will join the company's management team as EVP global operations.  
 
Prior to joining the Female Health Company, Tayler had a career in medical device operations leadership with SSL International, a manufacturer of healthcare products under the Durex and Dr Scholl's brands among others, and later with Reckitt Benckiser Group, a consumer health and hygiene company. During his tenure with SSL and Reckitt Benckiser, Tayler was responsible for a variety of operations, functions and facilities in various countries, including oversight of the design, construction and ultimate operation of one of the world's largest condom manufacturing facilities in China.
 
The company also announced that Michael Pope will retire from his position as VP, U.K. and Malaysian Operations. Following his retirement, Pope will continue his affiliation with the company as a Consultant.
 
"We consider ourselves extremely fortunate that Martin is joining the FHC leadership team," stated Karen King, president and CEO FHC. "We believe his extensive global operations leadership experience and knowledge of relevant markets and products will contribute greatly to the future success of our company. I would also like to acknowledge and sincerely thank Mike Pope for his invaluable contributions to the company over the past 24 years. We are delighted that Mike will continue to be a part of our advisory team going forward."

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