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‘CBS Evening News’ anchor Scott Pelley to be keynote speaker at NACDS Foundation Dinner

BY Antoinette Alexander

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation has tapped "CBS Evening News" anchor and managing editor Scott Pelley to be the keynote speaker for the 13th Annual Foundation Dinner on Nov. 29 in New York.

“We are honored that distinguished journalist Scott Pelley will provide the keynote address at this year’s NACDS Foundation Dinner,” stated Edith Rosato, president of the NACDS Foundation.  “We look forward to his captivating accounts and energizing message, crafted with the benefit of a 20-year career on the front line of news and politics.”

An Emmy-award winning journalist, Pelley became a national reporter for CBS News in 1989.  He went on to become the network’s chief White House correspondent.  During his career, he covered some of the biggest domestic and international news stories and interviewed a variety of world leaders, including George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Pelley has received multiple awards for his reporting and investigative work.

Pelley and his "60 Minutes" team provided independent coverage of 2003’s invasion of Iraq, having decided to forego the Pentagon’s approach to “embedding” reporters within the U.S. forces.  He also is known for diverse reporting, including an award-winning investigation of child slavery in India, and an interview in 2008 with Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke — despite the tradition by which the Federal Reserve chairman refrains from such exposure.  In 2002, Pelley was granted the only interview with President George W. Bush on the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

“The NACDS Foundation values the opportunity to present highly relevant insights on an evening that celebrates the NACDS Foundation’s highly relevant work to advance public health,” Rosato stated.

The NACDS Foundation is guided by a mission to utilize and support education, research, and charitable involvement to help people improve their health and quality of life through an understanding of medication therapy and the importance of taking medications appropriately.  Each year, the financial support provided by the Annual Dinner benefactors is used to develop programs and research to further advance patient care through community pharmacy.

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Sam’s Club to offer free thyroid health tests for women

BY Alaric DeArment

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Mass merchandiser Sam’s Club is offering a free women’s health screening in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the chain said Tuesday.

Sam’s Club pharmacies will offer all women, including members and nonmembers, free thyroid health tests on Oct. 8 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., including the TSH test for thyroid disorders, blood pressure and body mass index tests. Thyroid disease affects millions of people in the United States — mostly women — and is often a symptom of other health issues and can lead to serious conditions, such as cancer and infertility.

"The estimated number of people with undiagnosed thyroid disease may be 10%," Sam’s Club SVP health and wellness Jill Turner-Mitchael said. "A woman faces as high as a 1-in-5 chance of developing thyroid problems during her lifetime, and that risk increases with age and for those with a family history of thyroid problems."


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Castro-Wright retirement opens door for new social commerce leadership

BY Gail Hoffer

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores is in search of a new head of its global e-commerce and global sourcing businesses, now that Eduardo Castro-Wright announced his retirement effective July 1, 2012. Walmart said it intends to name new leadership for these businesses by the end of January, after which Castro-Wright will assist in the transition.

In his role as vice chairman and CEO of global e-commerce and global sourcing, Castro-Wright, 56, has been instrumental in developing Walmart’s social and mobile commerce business, which included the development of @WalmartLabs through the acquisition of Kosmix, a technology platform that searches and analyzes connections in real-time data streams to deliver highly personalized insights to users.

In order to continue the momentum of its social commerce venture, Walmart will have to choose Castro-Wright’s replacement carefully. As editor Mike Troy opined in an article on the Kosmix deal, "Say what you will about Castro-Wright, and plenty have, the guy gets things done and could be exactly what Walmart needs to bring a sense of urgency to the development of Walmart’s multichannel capabilities."

Castro-Wright joined Walmart in 2001 as president and COO of Walmart Mexico and was promoted to president and CEO of that business in 2003. He also served as COO for a short period until being named president and CEO of Walmart U.S. in 2005. He was promoted to vice chairman in 2008 and assumed his current responsibilities in August of last year.

"Eduardo has made many contributions at Walmart, beginning in Mexico and continuing until today," Walmart CEO Mike Duke said. "He has been a strong advocate for our customers and in every assignment has brought passion and commitment to the job. He has also built talented teams wherever he has led."

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