Winn-Dixie announces four new additions to corporate staff
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Winn-Dixie Stores, a grocery store chain of about 520 stores, has recently announced four new associates to its corporate staff.
The company has named Mark Tanis vice president of Compensation and Benefits. He formerly worked for companies such as Watson Wyatt Worldwide, and Hewitt Associates. Chris Vukich, who has a title of vice president of Pricing, previously held positions at Dell Computer and Wall-mart.
Joe McKie, who will serve as vice-president of Corporate Brands, formerly worked for several high-profile companies such as Federal Group and Daymen Worldwide. Finally, Matt Guttermuth, Winn Dixie’s new vice president of Center Store, held a position as former president and chief executive officer of Safeway.com, and has also worked for a string of top global companies.
According to the company, Tanis will be responsible for planning and applying a new compensation and befits program for the staff of 52,000. Vukic will be managing and developing pricing strategies for the company. McKie will oversee and redesign Winn-Dixie’s private label products as well as taking care of all the corporate brands initiatives, and Guttermuth will be in charge of the Center store as well as all its buying and merchandising departments.
Publix sponsors Tennessee youth soccer association
LAKELAND, Fla. Publix Super Markets has signed with the Tennessee State Soccer Association, making it the fifth youth soccer partnership to date for the grocer. In addition to the TSSA, Publix is the official supermarket of Youth Soccer Associations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
“With childhood obesity on the rise, it’s even more important today that we encourage exercising and eating right with parents and kids,” stated Maria Brous, Publix director of media and community relations. “We’re excited to work with TSSA because youth soccer keeps kids active and gives them skills they can use throughout their lives.”
As with the other associations, the Publix partnership with the TSSA will include sponsorship of soccer events and community awards.
CVS Caremark donates $350,000 to Easter Seals
CHICAGO Easter Seals, a non-profit provider of services for people with autism, developmental disabilities and other special needs, has announced that it received $350,000 in grants this month from CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, bringing the total donation from the Trust to $1 million to support Easter Seals autism services.
The grants are part of CVS Caremark’s All Kids Can program, a five-year, $25 million commitment to support children with disabilities.
Easter Seals was selected as a CVS Caremark All Kids Can national partner when the program was introduced in early 2006. Since then, the foundation has contributed more than $4 million to Easter Seals, including more than $1 million to support the autism services. In addition, some 4,000 CVS Caremark employees volunteered at Easter Seals fundraisers and services in 2006 and again in 2007.
“CVS Caremark is committed to making a positive impact on the lives of children with disabilities through the All Kids Can Program,” stated Eileen Howard Dunn, senior vice president of corporate communications and community relations for CVS Caremark. “We are proud to support Easter Seals in advancing outcomes-based treatments and interventions for children with autism, and by encouraging our associates to volunteer and make a difference in the communities where we live and work.”