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Hourican named CVS Pharmacy president

BY David Salazar

Kevin Hourican has been named president of CVS Pharmacy. He takes the helm of CVS Health’s 10,000-pharmacy retail business, charged with leading CVS Health’s delivery of innovative health solutions to make the healthcare experience simpler, more responsive and more affordable, the company said. He succeeds Helena Foulkes, who recently joined Hudson’s Bay as CEO, and he had been serving as head of CVS Pharmacy while the company looked for a successor.

“We’re pleased to have Kevin at the helm of CVS Pharmacy,” CVS Health COO Jon Roberts said. “He has a proven track record of bringing innovative new programs and services to our patients and a strong ability to lead our retail pharmacy team. We believe that Kevin will bring his extensive consumer and retail skills to our front store business as well and I have no doubt he will be able to further transform our stores to become the front door of health care for consumers, patients and caregivers.”

Hourican — who joined CVS Health in 2012 — was most recently CVS Pharmacy’s executive vice president of retail pharmacy, overseeing the chain’s retail pharmacy business and partnering to deliver such solutions as the ScriptPath prescription management system and the recently introduced Rx Savings Finder, as well as medication adherence programs and the roll out of home delivery. Before that, he was CVS Pharmacy’s senior vice president of operations for the East division, with oversight of roughly 5,000 stores in 21 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Hourican assumes leadership as CVS Health is in the midst of its pending acquisition of health insurer Aetna, which executives have said is aimed at making the CVS Pharmacy chain the new front door to health care, serving as a hub where patients can better understand their health coverage and access essential services.

Hourican also has held leadership positions at Macy’s and Sears Roebuck. He has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Pennsylvania State University.

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Hudson’s Bay appoints former CVS exec to CMO role

BY Marianne Wilson

Several months after it named a drugstore veteran as its CEO, Hudson’s Bay has once again reached outside department store ranks to fill a key management position.

The department giant has appointed Bari Harlam as the chief marketing officer, effective immediately. Milton Pappas, who was appointed to the position in November after serving as interim CMO since June, has left the company.

Harlam is the former senior VP of as senior VP of marketing at CVS Health, where she built and launched CVS/pharmacy’s ExtraCare program, the largest retail loyalty program in the world, according to HBC. In February, HBC tapped Helena Foulks, executive VP of CVS Health and president of CVS Pharmacy, as chief executive.

Most recently, Harlam served in senior marketing roles at BJ’s Wholesale, where she was senior VP of membership marketing and analytics, and Swipley, where she was chief marketing officer.

“Successful marketing is grounded in analytics and digital insights, and Bari has demonstrated an innate ability to translate this complex data into breakthrough strategies that put the customer first,” said Foulkes. “Bari is the ideal strategic leader to harness the power of our information to drive performance. Her experience will be incredibly valuable to our business as we work to reinvent the way we market and deliver unparalleled experiences to our customers across all channels.”

HBC’s banners across North America and Europe include Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Gilt, Saks OFF 5TH, Galeria Kaufhof, the largest department store group in Germany, and Belgium’s only department store group, Galeria INNO.

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TSG’s Gibbons retires

BY David Salazar

Dave Gibbons, a more than 40-year brand building veteran and vice president of strategic business development for the Swanson Group, has retired, effective April 13, the sales and business development agency announced Friday.

Gibbons, who joined TSG in 2016, previously was senior vice president of sales for EB brands’ EB Sport Group – a role that was preceded by a stint as vice president of sales and customer marketing for Omron Healthcare. At Omron, Gibbons led a more than $115 million sales team and a more than $10 million customer marketing team.

Dave Gibbons TSGIn all his roles, TSG principal Rick Swanson said, Gibbons has helped deliver companies top- and bottom-line growth in his various senior-level positions at leading companies.

“Dave will be missed, but will always be considered a part of our TSG family,” Swanson said.

 

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