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Crystal Deodorant launches new scent

BY Antoinette Alexander

BURLINGAME, Calif. — Crystal Deodorant, a maker of natural mineral salt deodorant, is launching a new scent to complement its line of natural scented deodorants.

Like its other Crystal deodorant products and scents, Crystal essence Vanilla Jasmine combines a natural fragrance with Crystal's natural mineral salts that prevent odor for 24 hours with one application, according to the company.

All of Crystal's products are dermatologist tested with no aluminum chlorohydrate. Crystal Deodorant is hypoallergenic, non-staining, non-sticky and free of dyes, phthalates and parabens.

Vanilla Jasmine will be available everywhere Crystal Deodorant is sold for $4.75. It can be found in green packaging, along side of Crystal Essence Lavender & White Tea, Chamomile & Green Tea and Pomegranate.

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ECRM taps retail, CPG data veteran to lead ECRM data sales

BY Antoinette Alexander

SOLON, Ohio — ECRM has announced the appointment of Jennifer Zannelli as SVP of sales, ECRM data.  

Zannelli, a retail and CPG data sales and business development veteran, will lead strategic sales initiatives for ECRM Data and will help develop new products and services.  

“Jennifer’s background in retail and shopper insights is perfectly aligned with our objective of accelerating the growth and development of our data business,” stated Greg Farrar, CEO of ECRM. “Her knowledge of the industry combined with her experience and success in leading sales organizations made Jennifer the ideal choice.”

Zannelli has more than 15 years of experience in sales and business development, most recently with Plano, Texas-based Crossmark where she was the senior director, new business. During her time at Crossmark, Zannelli helped to launch myAFINITI, a marketing platform that connects CPG brands with membership groups.  She also expanded operational processes, developed effective marketing tools as well as built a sales pipeline.
 
Prior to Crossmark, Zannelli spent five years at Kantar Retail where she held several positions during which she helped to create and execute sales processes along with new initiatives designed to grow and retain customers.

“ECRM has a wealth of information assets, including the expertise of its staff, strong buyer and supplier relationships as well as their unique data capabilities,” stated Zannelli. “There is a unique opportunity at ECRM to take the CPG industry and promotional data to a new level and I am excited to be part of the team leading the sales organization.”
 

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One to watch: more exec changes at 99 Cents Only

BY DSN STAFF

An ongoing senior leadership transformation at 99 Cents Only stores has put a former Kmart executive in the role of interim CEO and now the company has named a former Walmart executive as interim CFO for the second time.

Less than a month after Andy Giancamilli was named interim president and CEO, 99 Cents only named Michael Fung to the role of CFO. Both men served on the company’s board of directors with Giancamilli in the role as chairman.

Fung previously filled the interim CFO role from January to September 2013 and he joined the 99 Cents Only board in December 2013. He fills a position vacated by Bradley Lukow who resigned as CFO of the $1.9 billion company. Fung is highly qualified for top finance role at the operator of 384 stores in four states having spent a decade in senior finance roles at Walmart, including serving as CFO of Walmart’s U.S. operations from 2006 until 2012.

Prior to that Fung served as CFO at Sensient Technologies, Vanstar and Bass Pro Shops. The resignation of Lukow and Fung’s second stint as interim CFO follows the May 26 resignation of Stephane Gonthier from his position as CEO and the appointment of Giancamilli as interim CEO.

At the time, 99 Cents Only indicated in a press release that Gonthier’s resignation after less than two years as the company’s top executive did not involve a disagreement with the company or any matters relating to operations, policies or practices.

Gonthier joined 99 Cents Only in August 2013 after spending six years at Dollarama as president of Canada’s leading dollar store chain. Gonthier entered into an agreement with 99 Cents Only to serve as a consultant to the company for one year.

Giancamilli also has an agreement concerning his interim role with an initial term of 180 days with automatic 30 day renewals until such times as the company hires a permanent CEO or Giancamelli or the company decides not to extend the agreement. Giancamilli has spent the past three years on the 99 Cents Only board and is a veteran retailer well known in the industry. He spent eight years as president and CEO of leading Canadian drug store operation the Katz Group.

Prior to that he was with Canadian Tire Corporation and also served as president and COO of Kmart. He also held senior leadership positions at the now defunct Perry Drug Stores chain.

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