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AstraZeneca subsidiary, parenting book author partner to push flu vaccines

BY Alaric DeArment

GAITHERSBURG, Md. — AstraZeneca specialty drugs division MedImmune will work with author Elizabeth Pantley to publish a new guide designed to educate parents on flu prevention.

MedImmune said Wednesday a partnership with Pantley, author of the No-Cry Solution parenting book series, to publish "A Parent’s Guide to Flu Season." The guide is designed to educate parents on the importance of flu prevention and help them navigate through flu myths and misconceptions.

"Children are two to three times more likely than adults to contract the flu, and more young children in the U.S. go to the hospital each year because of flu-related complications than any other vaccine-preventable disease," Pantley said. "By developing this booklet with MedImmune Specialty Care, we hope to help parents understand the importance of prevention and encourage families to get an annual vaccination to help protect against the flu."

An average of 20,000 children younger than five are hospitalized due to influenza each year due to flu complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, though only 57% of children aged 6 months to 17 years received a flu vaccination during the 2012-2013 influenza season.

 

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Lilywrap creator wins award for women entrepreneurs

BY Alaric DeArment

ATLANTA — A new product for gift wrapping is designed to save both time and trees.

Atlanta entrepreneur Ashley Edmonds has created Lilywrap, a reusable wrapping that mimics the look and feel of traditional wrapping paper, including the bow, using patent-pending stretching fabric wrap.

Shapewear maker Spanx and founder Sara Blakely announced Wednesday that Edmonds had won the Leg Up award for her product. As part of the award, Lilywrap will be featured in the Spanks catalog, which circulates to more than 1 million fans. Blakely started the Leg Up Program in 2010 as a way to recognize up-and-coming women entrepreneurs and their companies.

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P&G announces organizational changes

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CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble has announced a string of organization changes, including the retirement of 37-year company veteran Dimitri Panayotopoulos, vice chairman and adviser to the chairman and CEO, effective Jan. 2, 2014.

Panayotopoulos joined P&G in 1977. He served in sales and general management roles spanning Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, eventually overseeing all P&G brands as vice chair – Global Business Units. As previously announced, he was elected to his current role as advisor to the CEO effective July 1, 2013.

“We appreciate Dimitri’s considerable contributions over his long and successful career, building leading positions for the company in Egypt and then the Middle East, China, Central and Eastern Europe, and Africa,” stated A.G. Lafley, P&G chairman, president and CEO. “He concluded his distinguished career by leading our global business units through challenging times.”

P&G also announced that Bruce Brown, chief technology officer, will retire on Aug. 31, 2014, after more than 34 years of service. Until that time, effective Feb. 1, 2014, Brown will serve as officer on special assignment. Kathleen B. Fish, currently VP research and development, Global Fabric Care, has been elected chief technology officer, succeeding Brown, effective Feb. 1, 2014. Fish will report to Lafley.

Robert L. Fregolle, Jr., global customer business development officer, will retire on June 30, 2014, after more than 36 years of service. Until that time, effective Feb. 1, 2014, Fregolle will serve as officer on special assignment. Carolyn M. Tastad, currently VP global market strategy and planning and One Go-to-Market Optimization, has been elected global customer business development officer, succeeding Fregolle, effective Feb. 1, 2014. Tastad will report to Werner Geissler, vice chairman–Global Operations, and Lafley.

“These changes demonstrate the depth and strength of P&G’s leadership bench,” stated Lafley. “Dimitri, Bruce and Bob have each served P&G for more than 34 years and have made a lasting, positive impact on the company. Kathy and Carolyn are experienced P&G leaders who will continue to strengthen our innovation and go-to-market capabilities going forward.”

In addition, P&G announced that Kirk Perry, currently president–Global Family Care, will leave P&G, effective Dec. 2, 2013, to pursue other interests. Steven D. Bishop, currently group president–Global Feminine Care, will be named group president–Global Feminine and Family Care. Bishop will continue to report to Martin Riant, group president–Global Baby, Feminine and Family Care.

 

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