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Shopko names interim CEO

BY Katherine Field Boccaccio

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Shopko announced Wednesday that Mike Bettiga has been named interim CEO to replace Paul Jones, who resigned to pursue another opportunity.

Bettiga is a 35-veteran of the company and most recently served as EVP and COO, a role he has held since April 2009. He began his career with Shopko as a pharmacist in 1977, and has held a number of positions during his tenure, including executive leadership of store, pharmacy and optical operations, retail health merchandising and responsibility for the Shopko Express stores.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as Interim CEO for Shopko, a company that I have been an integral part of for most of my professional career," Bettiga said. "We have ambitious plans for the future, including the continued rollout of the Shopko Hometown concept and I look forward to leading the team on that effort and our other growth initiatives."

In December 2011, Bettiga testified on behalf of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights against the ESI-Medco merger.

"We appreciate the many contributions Paul Jones has made to Shopko during the past five years and wish him nothing but the best," said Scott King, senior managing director of Sun Capital Partners, a leading private investment firm whose affiliate owns Shopko. King noted that a national search is under way to select a new leader for the company.

As reported earlier this year, Shopko merged with retailer Pamida, converting all of the latter’s stores to the Shopko Hometown format. Over the summer, the company also had appointed a new SVP and general merchandise manager of home and hardlines and expanded the role of its SVP product development to become responsible for overseeing the retailer’s consumables division.

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Petroleum jelly alternative Waxelene expands distribution to Bed Bath & Beyond

BY Antoinette Alexander

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Waxelene, a petroleum jelly alternative, now is being sold in Bed Bath & Beyond retail stores, the company has announced. This brings the total count of retail outlets carrying Waxelene to more than 800 across all 50 U.S. states and Canada.
 
“Retailers and consumers have embraced Waxelene,” Waxelene CEO Todd Cooper said. “It’s an organic product which really appeals to those who are health or eco-conscious. It’s a wonderful baby product so moms have been really supportive. And it’s an amazing, multifunctional beauty and skin care product which has created a tremendous buzz for Waxelene.”
 
Waxelene can be used as a substitute for more expensive and/or less effective beauty products.

“Very soothing with a subtle scent of beeswax and rosemary, Waxelene has become a must in my kit. Unfortunately, every hairdresser and model that I work with will often try to walk away with it. So now I make sure to carry two jars of it with me at all times,” stated Christy Coleman, a professional makeup artist.

Waxelene’s ingredients — vitamin E oil, beeswax, organic rosemary oil, and organic soy oil — are balanced to synergistically care for skin. These all-natural ingredients are combined using a patent pending aeration formula to create a texture that is designed to not clog pores. The product is made in the USA.

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Oral-B, dental expert Jonathan Levine partner to improve America’s oral health

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble’s Oral-B is teaming up with dental expert Jonathan Levine to encourage people to "power up" their oral health routine, while addressing the urgent need for oral health care in select areas of the United States.

While many Americans have a healthy mouth, there are more than 47 million people in the U.S. who live in places where it is difficult to access dental care, the manufacturer said. Through Levine’s nonprofit organization, Glo Good, Oral-B will help provide basic dental cleanings, dental care products and education to underserved Americans.

"I recently provided oral health screenings, treatments and services to hundreds of genocide survivors and their children in Rwanda. I believe everyone deserves to have a healthy smile, to be empowered by their smile, and to have the knowledge to manage their own oral health," Levine said. "This year, by joining forces with Oral-B, a worldwide leader in the brushing market, we are able to help Americans take charge of their oral health by providing them with essential oral care services, products and education."

The Oral-B Professional Care Smart Series power toothbrush line uses oscillating-rotating-pulsating technology to attack sticky plaque from multiple directions, providing more plaque-disrupting movements than regular manual brushes and the leading sonic technology toothbrush, the company said.

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JEngdahlJ says:
Oct-11-2012 10:12 pm

How will healthcare reform affect dental coverage? Read Joanne Fontana’s perspective here: http://www.healthcaretownhall.com/?p=6038

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