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CVS Health named a recipient of the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award

BY Antoinette Alexander

WASHINGTON — CVS Health was among the recipients of this year’s Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the department gives to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees.

"These outstanding employers have not only earned this award, they have earned this nation's gratitude," stated Defense Secretary Ash Carter.  "I am truly honored to recognize these 15 organizations for their unwavering support of our military men and women and their families. Their accomplishments are a vital piece of our national defense and a high standard toward which all employers of Guard and Reserve members should strive."

The 2015 Freedom Award recipients below will be honored at a ceremony in the Pentagon Aug. 21:

 

 

Employer

Location

Nominator's Branch of Service

Black Hills Corporation

Rapid City, SD

Navy Reserve

Boise Fire Department

Boise, ID

Marine Corps Reserve

BP America, Inc.

Houston, TX

Army National Guard

Cardinal Health

Dublin, OH

Army National Guard

Cigna

Bloomfield, CT

Air National Guard

City of Glendale

Glendale, AZ

Navy Reserve

City of Shawnee

Shawnee, KS

Army Reserve

College of the Ozarks

Point Lookout, MO

Army National Guard

CVS Health

Woonsocket, RI

Air National Guard

Devon Energy

Oklahoma City, OK

Air National Guard

Dr. Joe A. Jackson, MD, PLLC

Biloxi, MS

Army National Guard

Neil, Dymott, Frank, McFall, Trexler, McCabe & Hudson APLC

San Diego, CA

Navy Reserve

Snell & Wilmer LLP

Phoenix, AZ

Marine Corps Reserve

Town of Hingham

Hingham, MA

Navy Reserve

Walt Disney Company

Burbank, CA

Air National Guard

The 2015 recipients were selected from 2,960 nominations received from guardsmen and reservists for going far beyond what the federal law requires to support their military employees.  The Freedom Award was instituted in 1996 under the auspices of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve to recognize exceptional support from the employer community. In the years since, 205 employers have been honored with the award.

 

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Target’s chief merchandising officer to move into advisory role

BY Antoinette Alexander

MINNEAPOLIS — Target’s EVP, chief merchandising and supply chain officer, Kathee Tesija, will move into an advisory role, effective July 6, the company announced on Thursday.

Target chairman and CEO Brian Cornell issued the following statement:

“During Kathee’s nearly 30-year career at Target, she has earned a reputation as an outstanding merchant and business leader who has been instrumental in Target’s growth and our recent efforts to regain our momentum. Her leadership and countless contributions helped establish Target as one of America’s favorite retailers.
Over the past several months, Kathee and I have had many discussions about the business and together have decided that it is the right time for her to transition to an advisory role. In this role, she will spend the next several months contributing to key enterprise initiatives and ensuring a smooth transition of her responsibilities.
This role is critical to ensuring Target’s future success and we are conducting a comprehensive external and internal search for a new leader. On behalf of the entire Target team, I want to thank Kathee for all she has done on behalf of our company, brand, and team.”

Tesija joined Target in 1986 as a merchandise analyst, and has since held key leadership positions throughout the organization, including VP and SVP of various divisions. She was promoted to her current position in 2008 and added responsibility for the company’s supply chain in 2012.

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Dollar General names interim CFO

BY Antoinette Alexander

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General has appointed John Garratt as interim CFO, effective July 1.

He succeeds David Tehle, who announced his retirement in March.

The company has hired an executive search firm to assist with the search for a permanent CFO and stated that it will consider both internal and external candidates for the job.

“We are fortunate to have John serve as our interim CFO. I look forward to continuing to work with him as we execute our new store growth,” stated Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO.

Garratt, who is currently the SVP of finance and strategy, will now oversee all aspects of the company’s financial, accounting and information technology operations until a new CFO is in place. Prior to joining Dollar General in 2014, Garratt held various positions of increasing responsibility in the finance organization of Yum! Brands between May 2004 and October 2014, and held leadership positions in corporate strategy and financial planning. Most recently, he was VP, finance and division controller for KFC.

Prior to Yum! Brands, Garratt served as plant controller for Alcoa from April 2002 to May 2004. He also spent three years with General Electric in various financial management roles with increasing responsibility. He started his career at Alcoa where he worked for approximately nine years from May 1990 to March 1999.

 

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