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Supervalu’s Sue Klug recipient of Bobbie O’Hare Award

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO — Sue Klug, president of the Southern California division of Supervalu, was awarded the Bobbie O’Hare Award for outstanding service to the Network of Executive Women on Friday.

"Sue played an instrumental part in the founding, management and engagement of the Network’s Southern California region," noted former NEW regional chair Bobbie O’Hare, VP sales development for JOH, who helped establish the network’s regional groups. "She is a servant leader, an individual that leads a large retail business but also gets in the trenches to get work done." O’Hare presented the award at the NEW Leadership Summit last month in Orlando, Fla.

"[Sue] is a role model to all of us — and to virtually all who know her," Klug’s fellow NEW Southern California committee members wrote in nominating her.

Klug was "absolutely critical ensuring NEW Southern California’s growth," added NEW regional chair Maria Edelson, president of sales and capability development. "Sue’s tenacity and deep belief in NEW’s mission are key reasons NEW Southern California is the vibrant and successful region is it today."

The Northern California leadership team also was honored as the network’s "Best of the Best" regional committee for 2011. NEW Northern California is led by co-chairs Lori Procter of Procter & Gamble and Erica Swanson of Slalom Consulting.

"Northern California has truly demonstrated outstanding performance over time across every metric," Edelson said. "They are a role model for other regions. These volunteers have always been willing to share their time for reapplication in other regions. We look for even more great things from them in the future."

More than 700 consumer products and retail executives attended the network’s 10th anniversary NEW Leadership Summit in Orlando, Fla.

For more information on CPG retail diversity, visit NEWonline.org/TimeMachine.

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Clearasil using Facebook to find consumer brand ambassadors

BY Antoinette Alexander

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Reckitt Benckiser’s Clearasil skin care brand has launched a Facebook search for consumer brand ambassadors.

The campaign, geared toward the young adult demographic who are influencers and trend-setters among their peer group, aims to find three “Clearasil All Access Agents.” These “Agents” will sample new product launches before they are on the shelf, attend exclusive events on behalf of the brand, and share their experiences over the next year through weekly posts and updates on Clearasil digital platforms, including Facebook and YouTube. In addition, the brand is awarding $5,000.

To enter, consumers will submit a form that asks questions about consumers’ interests and what type of a role social media plays in their lives. The contest will be housed on a dedicated Facebook tab within the brand page and winners will be announced Nov. 30.

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States uniting against ESI-Medco merger

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — More than 25 states have formed a group concerned about the potential merger of Express Scripts and Medco Health Solutions, Reuters Health reported last week.

James Donahue of the Pennsylvania state attorney general’s office declined to name the specific states, though Connecticut and Iowa are among those concerned, according to officials from those states, Reuters reported.

While the states have no direct influence on the review being conducted by the Federal Trade Commission, the collection of states will "likely add pressure on the FTC to give tough scrutiny to the merger, and could hand the agency evidence that would potentially serve as ammunition to challenge it."

The states also could challenge the deal on their own, Reuters noted.

For the full report, click here.

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