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Walmart board searches for right fit with Google exec

BY Gail Hoffer

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart announced that Google’s VP local and maps Marissa Mayer will be up for election to the board at the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting on June 1. If elected, Mayer would become the 16th member of the board.

"At Walmart, we are focused on giving our millions of customers around the globe ‘anytime anywhere’ access whether it is through a mobile device, online or in a physical store," Walmart chairman Rob Walton said. "We are on the cusp of a massive transformation in the way people shop in our increasingly connected world. Marissa’s insights and expertise in the technology and consumer areas are valuable assets to Walmart as we move forward."

Mayer has served as VP local and maps for Google in Mountain View, Calif., since 2010. She leads the product management and engineering efforts of Google’s local, mobile, and local-based products. Mayer previously served as Google’s VP search products and user experience, beginning in 2005. Mayer began her career with Google in 1999 as its first female engineer and has launched hundreds of products and features during that time.

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Former Novartis executive joins Sun Products

BY Allison Cerra

WILTON, Conn. — Sun Products has announced the appointment of a new EVP national brands.

Ed Vlacich, the company said, will be responsible for building Sun Products’ branded business through effective marketing, innovation and strategic leadership and will be a member of the company’s executive leadership team.

Vlacich comes to Sun Products from Novartis, where he spent more than seven years in senior leadership roles. He most recently served as global chief marketing officer for CIBA Vision, a $2 billion contact lens and care business.

"Ed brings extensive experience in general management and consumer marketing of quality brands," Sun Products chairman, president and CEO Jeffrey Ansell said. "His appointment reaffirms our commitment to building our iconic brands, and we are confident Ed’s leadership, consumer insight, and track record of success will enable continued growth across our branded portfolio."

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Walgreens charges forward with electric vehicle filling station expansion in Fla.

BY Michael Johnsen

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Walgreens and Car Charging Group on Monday announced the expansion of EV charging services to 13 Walgreens locations in Orlando and Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.

"Walgreens dedication to the EV movement is unmatched by any other major retailer," Car Charging Group CEO Michael Farkas said. "Walgreens commitment to providing EV charging services to its customers nationwide is a testament to its support of environmental sustainability and of electric vehicle use."

The two companies plan to broaden their EV charging services with more locations in major metropolitan cities in Florida, as well as in other cities, including Phoenix; Akron, Canton and Columbus in Ohio; and Austin, Texas.

Walgreens has made a concentrated effort to becoming a destination site for EV drivers seeking to top off their battery while shopping or commuting.

Electric vehicles already on the market include the Nissan Leaf, the Chevy Volt and the BMW ActiveE. EV drivers soon will be able to purchase a wider variety of cars, including the Ford Focus electric, which should start shipping next month, as well as the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid, the Honda Fit EV, and the Tesla Model S that are forecasted to be due out in June.

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H.Griffin says:
Aug-28-2013 01:23 am

Who are the electricians or mechanics which discovered an expensive electric vehicle?

W.STONE says:
Jul-24-2012 03:26 am

Electric vehicles are really getting trendy nowadays and car manufacturers are focusing on this since most of the people nowadays are more heath conscious. My friend was convinced to buy the new Toyota prius plug-in hybrid for its high performance and advantages on the planet. Good thing there are plenty of available toyota parts shop around, he would not have a hard time finding parts for his car.

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