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CVS Caremark names new SVP government affairs

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark has announced the appointment of Larry Burton as SVP government affairs, effective Feb. 27, bringing more than 30 years of experience in strategy development, public policy and government affairs to the company.

He joins the company from Business Roundtable in Washington, D.C., where he was executive director. In this role, Burton was responsible for developing policy positions and strategies for implementation on matters of priority interest to CEOs in such areas as energy and environment, trade, corporate governance, health care and other major economic issues. Previously, Burton was regional coordinator of the Western Hemisphere (North America) for energy company BP, and had served as the VP U.S. government and international affairs in the company’s Washington, D.C., office. In addition, Burton was the special assistant and associate director in the Office of Management and Budget, where he was senior liaison to the U.S. Senate on budget and regulatory matters.

"Larry’s strong background in government affairs work, as well as his experience in developing and advocating for critical public policy positions both as a staffer for elected government officials and as a representative of large corporations, make him uniquely qualified to lead our Washington, D.C., office and help shape our positions and perspectives on healthcare policy," stated Helena Foulkes, EVP and chief healthcare strategy and marketing officer of CVS Caremark.

"The CEOs of the Business Roundtable have all benefitted from Larry’s insight and leadership on many key issues," added BRT president John Engler. "I have watched and admired his steady approach, and he will be a superb addition to the CVS Caremark team as health care in America continues to undergo major change."

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Fresh & Easy overhauls careers website

BY Allison Cerra

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — After expanding its intern recruitment efforts through social media channels, Fresh & Easy said it has launched a new careers website and tools to aid job seekers.

The redesigned careers site provides such features as employee profiles and interviews, behind-the-scenes videos of the facilities and home office, as well as tips on how to be successful within the Fresh & Easy culture, the retailer said. Job seekers also can join Fresh & Easy’s talent network to receive updates when jobs matching their talents become available. What’s more, the company also uses its careers blog to allow visitors to connect with Fresh & Easy and be the first to hear about job openings, receive tips on job searching, as well as professional development opportunities.

"We plan to better recruit America’s top talent by connecting and interacting with job seekers through our various websites and social networks," Fresh & Easy recruitment director Emma Weare said. "Our new Careers site will help job seekers find an open position that aligns with their talents and to learn more about why Fresh & Easy is a great place to work."

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Statement: Walgreens a differentiating factor in Medicare Part D plans

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Medicare Part D plans that had incorporated Walgreens into their network gained market share last year, while those without Walgreens collectively lost market share, according to a Walgreens statement issued Wednesday.

"We were very pleased to see that those plans that included Walgreens grew nearly twice as fast as those Medicare Part D plans without Walgreens," stated Kermit Crawford, Walgreens president pharmacy health and wellness services. "Several health plans that partnered with Walgreens grew significantly faster. For example, Coventry, who partnered with Walgreens and introduced a low cost Medicare Part D option, grew five times faster than the overall market."


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