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White House assistant Kristina Schake joining L’Oréal USA as chief communications officer

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — L’Oréal USA president and CEO Frederic Roze announced on Monday that Kristina Schake will be joining L’Oréal USA as chief communications officer, effective July 8.  

Schake will represent L’Oréal USA for all corporate communications and will lead the external communications strategy in the areas of public and media relations, industry and government relations, sustainability and crisis communications. In addition, Schake will oversee the company’s corporate philanthropic programs.

Schake is currently a special assistant to President Barack Obama and communications director to First Lady Michelle Obama. Prior to joining the White House in December 2010, Schake was co-founder and principal of Griffin|Schake, a California-based public affairs and strategic communications firm that specialized in helping civic leaders, major foundations and nonprofit organizations bring about critical social change through policy, legislative, social marketing and media initiatives.
 
She was a founding board member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the sole sponsor of the federal court challenge to California’s Proposition 8, which was heard before the U.S. Supreme Court in March. 

 


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Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board releases certification exam handbook

BY Alaric DeArment

TAMPA, Fla. — The Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board has published a handbook containing information about applying for and maintaining specialty pharmacist credentials.

The SPCB announced Monday the release of the Certified Specialty Pharmacist Candidate Handbook, which includes information on eligibility requirements, examination content outlines, testing information, code of conduct, recertification requirements and fees.

The group said the handbook provides information necessary for specialty pharmacists to take the CSP examination and is available from the group’s website, www.spcboard.org. The group will begin accepting applications for the exam in July and offer it each April and October.

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Estée Lauder names GM for Canadian affiliate

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Estée Lauder has appointed Philippe Warnery as GM Canada, effective Aug. 12.

Warnery will be responsible for the growth and profitability of the Canadian affiliate with a focus on locally relevant opportunities, assessing market conditions, building key account relationships, managing operational effectiveness, building capabilities and aligning and engaging the Canada team. Warnery will report to Thia Breen, group president, North America for Estée Lauder Cos.

“Canada is an important strategic focus for the North America region and Philippe will be a key member of my leadership team. He has broad experience in developing and executing international marketing strategies and a collaborative style that will serve him well in this new role. I am delighted to welcome him to our team,” stated Breen.

Warnery joined the company in 2006 and most recently served as the VP and GM, international for the Origins and Ojon brands. In this role, he spearheaded the expansion of Origins into China, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands and, most recently, Mexico. Warnery has also been instrumental in the development of the expansion of Origins and Ojon with Boots in the U.K.

Prior to his work with Origins and Ojon, Warnery served as the regional director for Clinique Travel Retail in APAC.
 

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