Target announces expansion of Beauty Concierge program
MINNEAPOLIS — Target has announced that it has expanded its Beauty Concierge program to 41 Chicagoland stores and introduced the program to 96 existing stores in the Los Angeles and Orange County area.
In addition, the program will launch in 27 stores in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia and Baltimore area and 36 stores in Minneapolis, with approximately 200 stores implementing the program in 2013.
The Target Beauty Concierge originally launched in 28 stores in the Chicago area in July 2012 and, according to Target, its success spurred the program’s growth.
Participating stores will be staffed with a Target Beauty Concierge, a trained, brand agnostic beauty enthusiast who is available to answer guests’ questions in-store. The Beauty Concierge provides guests with personalized, detailed and unbiased information about beauty and personal care products offered at Target and acts as a source of advice. Beauty Concierges will be located in the beauty aisle at Target wearing a distinct black apron.
“Target is excited to grow this service for our Chicagoland guests who are passionate about beauty,” stated Mary-Farrell Tarbox, Target’s group VP of stores in the Chicago region. “In an often crowded and sometimes daunting marketplace, Target’s Beauty Concierge program ensures that guests receive the friendly, personalized counsel they need to purchase their favorite beauty products at affordable prices.”
Target noted that the program is exiting the Palatine, Bedford Park, Joliet, Villa Park, Oswego, Plainfield, North Aurora and Romeoville stores.
Allscripts names new general counsel, adds board members
CHICAGO — Allscripts has announced additions to its senior leadership team and board of directors.
Brian Farley has joined the company as SVP, general counsel and corporate secretary, effective May 28. In addition, Allscripts added to its board Anita Pramoda and Michael Klayko, whose terms began May 21, 2013.
Farley brings more than 20 years of legal experience to Allscripts, including most recently serving as general counsel for Motorola Mobility’s Home Business. In this role, Farley managed all legal matters and operations for the nearly $3.5 billion operation, including issues related to manufacturing, sales, IP, litigation and employment, culminating with Motorola Mobility and Google’s recent $2.35 billion sale of the Home Business to ARRIS. Farley managed a 30-person global legal and public policy team with employees located on four continents.
During his nearly eight-year tenure at Motorola and Motorola Mobility, Farley led multiple legal transactions, in addition to leading the global antitrust and regulatory approval process for the closing of the $12.5 billion sale of Motorola Mobility to Google in 2012.
Prior to becoming general counsel of the Home Business, Farley was a member of the staff of Motorola Mobility’s president and served as his primary legal counsel. He has served as lead attorney in negotiating and advising Motorola’s executive leadership teams on matters involving the separation of Motorola Mobility from the former Motorola, international joint ventures, restructuring deals, mergers and other major transactions.
Pramoda and Klayko have joined the Allscripts board, adding to its six existing members.
Pramoda was recently the CFO of Epic Systems Corp. Pramoda led Epic through a period of significant domestic market growth, its expansion into the governmental and international markets and its launch into mobile health IT solutions.
Prior to Epic, Pramoda helped commercialize self-healing packaging technology into wholesale, retail and military sectors at Ontech.
Pramoda is the co-founder of TangramCare, a technology-enabled care delivery system that affords extremely sick patients an opportunity to receive care in their homes, recover comfortably and convalesce with dignity. She is also an executive advisor at Technology Crossover Ventures.
Klayko joins Allscripts from Brocade Communications, where he served as CEO from 2005 until January 2013. Under his leadership, revenue grew from $525 million to $2.3 billion, while profit increased from $3 million to $570 million. Klayko joined Brocade in 2003 as CEO following the acquisition of Rhapsody Networks in March 2003, where he was also the CEO the prior two years.
Klayko also served in numerous other senior leadership roles throughout his career, including EVP of sales and marketing for McData Corp and SVP of Sales for EMC Corp. Klayko began his career at IBM, where he spent a decade of his career performing multiple assignments and management roles.
AstraZeneca to buy Omthera for $323 million
PRINCETON, N.J. — Anglo-Swedish drug maker AstraZeneca will buy Omthera Pharmaceuticals for $323 million, the two companies said Tuesday.
Omthera, based in Princeton, N.J., develops drugs for dyslipidemia, conditions that result in abnormal levels of lipids in the blood. Its lead products include Epanova, an experimental drug for patients with high triglycerides that’s based on omega-3 fatty acids; Omthera has finished late-stage clinical trials of the drug and plans to file for Food and Drug Administration approval in mid-2013.
"The number of people with elevated triglyceride levels is rising rapidly across the world, due in part to the increasing prevalence of obesity and diabetes," AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot said. "There is a clear need for effective and convenient alternatives to some of the existing treatments."