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Walgreens taps former Wellpoint strategist as chief strategy officer

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens recently announced the appointment of Brad Fluegel as SVP and chief strategy officer. Fluegel will be responsible for corporate strategy, business development, project management and the corporate consulting team while also working on venture capital efforts. 

Fluegel joined Walgreens after previously serving as executive in residence at Health Evolution Partners. Before that he was EVP and chief strategy and external affairs officer of Wellpoint, a large health benefits company. While at Wellpoint, Fluegel was responsible for long-term strategic planning; government affairs; corporate communications, including public relations; corporate marketing; corporate development; international expansion; innovation and new business ventures.

Prior to Wellpoint, Fluegel was SVP national accounts and VP enterprise strategy at Aetna. In this role, he led the national accounts business and was responsible for developing and executing on strategies that expanded Aetna’s position as a leader in the large employer market. As head of enterprise strategy, Fluegel worked closely with Aetna’s executive committee and board of directors to advance the company’s medium- and long-term business strategies, and ran an internal consulting group responsible for driving the management process and operating efficiency across the enterprise.

Earlier, Fluegel was CEO for Reden & Anders (Ingenix Consulting) and Tillinghast-Towers Perrin, a clinical, actuarial and management consulting practice that served all sectors of the healthcare industry. While there, he negotiated the sale of Tillinghast Health to Ingenix. Fluegel also held several roles in strategy, planning and product development, and management at Harvard Community Health Plan, and organized and led audits, feasibility studies and related projects for healthcare clients at Arthur Andersen & Co.

Fluegel earned a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor of arts in business administration from the University of Washington. He also serves as a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

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Supervalu business optimization head assumes reins of wholesale business, too

BY Michael Johnsen

 MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu on Thursday morning announced it has named Janel Haugarth to lead its independent business organization, replacing Leon Bergmann, who has decided to leave the company. 

“We thank Leon for his contributions, and we wish him well,” stated Wayne Sales, Supervalu president, CEO and chairman. “Fortunately, Janel is able to step right into the position and bring an immediate wealth of experience, strong retailer relationships and a tremendous passion for our independent business, having spent the majority of her career in this area. We are confident in her ability and the skills she brings to this role during this critical time in our company’s turnaround.”

Haugarth is a 35-year veteran of the company and returns to the independent business organization, where she brings knowledge and leadership in serving the needs of the more than 2,000 independent grocery retailers that Supervalu supplies nationwide. In addition, Haugarth will continue in her role leading Supervalu’s business optimization efforts. Her appointment as president of independent business and business optimization is effective immediately.

Bergmann joined the company in January 2011 as group VP independent sales, marketing and merchandising and was named president of the organization in July of that year. Bergmann’s last day is Oct. 19. 

 

 

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Kmart introduces Latina Smart internship program

BY Alaric DeArment

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart is looking for five interns for a new program designed to provide opportunities to Hispanic women.

The mass merchandise retailer announced Wednesday the launch of its Latina Smart internship program to coincide with National Hispanic Heritage Month. The program, part of the Latina Smart initiative launched last year, offers a 10-week paid internship at the corporate headquarters of Kmart parent company Sears Holdings in Hoffman Estates, Ill. A 2011 student survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers showed that new college graduates who had internships did "far better" in the job market than those who didn’t.

"Kmart embraces the opportunity to support the ambitions of our diverse community," Kmart interim chief marketing officer Andrew Stein said. "Through the Latina Smart internship program, we aim to empower young Hispanic women looking to enter the competitive workforce by providing professional advancement opportunities that will bridge the gap between education and experience."

Candidates can submit a resume and 200-word essay on a section of Kmart’s website created for the program between Wednesday and Dec. 31. Candidates will be notified of whether they’ve been accepted in April 2013, and the internship program will begin a month later.

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