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Ahold Delhaize brings its U.S. companies together under new parent company, CEO

BY Michael Johnsen

Ahold Delhaize on Thursday named Kevin Holt CEO of its newly minted Ahold Delhaize USA division, which will serve as the parent company for all of Ahold Delhaize's U.S. companies, including its local brands, Stop & Shop, Food Lion, Giant, Hannaford, Giant/Martin's and Peapod, as well as Retail Business Services, the U.S. shared services company providing support to the brands.

"Combining the parent companies of the U.S. brands and RBS is the natural next step in our brand-centric strategy in the U.S.," Ahold Delhaize CEO Dick Boer said. "Kevin is an outstanding leader with extensive food retail experience and a great choice to guide our U.S. businesses through this time of continuing change and evolving customer expectations."

Holt currently is COO of Ahold USA. In this new role, effective Jan. 1, 2018, he will remain a member of Ahold Delhaize's management board and executive committee and will continue to report Boer.

"I'm excited that we are moving into this next phase where we can focus on further strengthening our brands and winning in our markets," Holt said. "Ahold Delhaize USA and its U.S. brands are well positioned to continue to drive growth and innovation and meet the evolving needs of customers, both in stores and online."

The company said that Frans Muller, deputy CEO Ahold Delhaize and chief integration officer, who serves as acting COO Delhaize America will focus on the continued smooth integration of Ahold Delhaize.

Holt joined Delhaize Group in 2014 as CEO Delhaize America and transitioned to COO Ahold USA in 2017. Prior to joining Ahold Delhaize, he served in executive leadership roles at Supervalu and Meijer.

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Drive DeVilbiss names new CEO

BY Michael Johnsen

Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare earlier this week named Bob Gilligan to its CEO post. Gilligan comes to Drive from GE Industrial Solutions where he served in the same capacity.

With the appointment, Harvey Diamond assumes the role of vice chairman for the Port Washington, N.Y.-based company, where he will serve as a senior advisor.

Diamond will continue to serve on Drive's board of directors.

Gilligan brings with him more than 30 years of experince in both manufacturing and service businesses. In his last role, he successfully led the transformation of GE's $3.6 billion global business.

Gilligan is a graduate of Bucknell University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.

He is currently a member of the board of trustees for Bucknell University.

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CVS Pharmacy brings same-day prescription delivery to Manhattan

BY David Salazar

Manhattanites can now get their prescriptions without leaving their apartments. CVS Pharmacy has introduced same-day prescription delivery in the New York City borough, which the company said it’s offering free of charge and is part of a larger push for prescription delivery across the country. 

“Free, same-day prescription delivery gives customers the option of having the pharmacy they trust deliver right to them at their homes or work in Manhattan,” CVS Health executive vice president and CVS Pharmacy president Helena Foulkes said. “Delivery is another way that we can meet our customers wherever, however and whenever they want in order to make healthcare easier.”

All of the Woonsocket, R.I.-based company’s Manhattan locations started offering delivery service this week, which CVS Pharmacy said includes prescriptions and OTC products delivered in tamper-proof packaging. Orders placed by 11 a.m. are delivered by 4 p.m. and orders placed by 4 p.m. are delivered by 8 p.m., the company said.

As part of its launch, CVS Pharmacy decked out the exterior of Penn Station Plaza and the Columbus Circle subway station with advertising highlighting the delivery offering. The company has launched a website with more information about the offering, as well as a delivery concierge service line at 1-833-CVS-2YOU.

“Our goal is to reach people living and working in Manhattan to let them know about our new prescription delivery service through a fun, highly visible campaign that will reach them while they are traveling around the city as well as through digital and mobile channels,” said Norman de Greve, CVS Health senior vice president and chief marketing officer.

CVS Pharmacy’s Manhattan delivery offerings are the first to roll out of its various planned delivery offerings that it announced alongside its third-quarter earnings. Miami, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. are slated to see same-day delivery services in early 2018. Other markets nationwide will see next-day delivery next year as well, the company said.

The launch of the delivery services comes days after CVS Pharmacy parent company CVS Health agreed to acquire health insurer Aetna for $69 billion. The companies' CEOs have said that CVS Pharmacy’s locations and services offerings will play a key role in the combined company if the deal is approved. 

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