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Diplomat to be the focus of a new campaign from GE Capital, Healthcare Financial Services

BY Michael Johnsen

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat will be the focus of a new campaign from GE Capital, Healthcare Financial Services. The campaign will include video and a case study on how Lean principles can help manage growth. 

Diplomat first partnered with HFS in 2012, recognizing room to improve customer interactions. Looking to add value to each of these exchanges, Diplomat’s leaders identified three primary challenges to address — manage fast-paced growth, adapt to an ever-changing marketplace and improve patient care. 

As a result of the partnership, Diplomat has implemented Lean principles to improve customer calls and refill prescriptions more efficiently. These efforts have yielded an improvement in turnaround time for the company. Diplomat and other customers working with HFS are able to take advantage of Access GE, a program that taps into the expertise, experience, tools and best practices of GE to address business needs that extend beyond financing.

GE Capital’s campaign will run through the year at conferences, on the GE Capital website and on the Bloomberg financial news channel.

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Sally Beauty announces CEO succession plan

BY Antoinette Alexander

DENTON, Texas — Sally Beauty Holdings has announced that Christian Brickman will assume the role of CEO as part of a succession plan.

Brickman, who most recently served as president of Kimberly-Clark International, will become the new president and COO, effective June 2. Gary Winterhalter — the company’s current chairman, CEO and president — will continue his management of the company in his current roles as chairman and CEO through April 30, 2015, or such earlier date as the board may determine, and will work with the board and Brickman to facilitate a transition of his duties and responsibilities as CEO to Brickman during this period.

Upon the transition of the role of CEO, Winterhalter will continue to serve at the discretion of the board as executive chairman through January 2018. Brickman will continue to serve as a member of the board.

Brickman has been a member of the company’s board since September 2012. He most recently served as president of Kimberly-Clark International, which is the primary international division of Kimberly-Clark Corp.
 

 

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LeapFrog debuts wearable activity tracker for kids

BY Ryan Chavis

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — LeapFrog Enterprises, which specializes in educational entertainment for children, on Thursday announced the introduction of LeapBand, the first wearable activity tracker designed for kids that encourages active play and healthy habits.

The LeapBand tracker gets kids up and moving with an array of activities and challenges — 50 in all — that track the child’s physical moves. The more active a child is, the more points they earn. And as the child racks up points for their active play, they unlock additional games, challenges and virtual rewards.

LeapBand’s high-tech features include a built-in accelerometer, a high-res color screen, a rechargeable batter and a water-resistant design. The tracker also comes with eight different customizable pets from LeapFrog’s popular Pet Pals franchise, which can be given a color and a name, adding to the kid-friendly factor.

"We understand that helping a child reach their potential not only includes making sure they are versed on the ABCs and 123s, but they are encouraged through play to establish healthy habits and get the exercise they need every day," said Dr. Jody Sherman LeVos, director of LeapFrog’s Learning Team. "LeapBand is a great way to get kids up and active and help them develop a strong foundation for healthy lifestyles. LeapBand takes inspiration from the growing trend of adult fitness wearables and makes it perfect for kids by bringing the fun and play of physical activities to life with their very own virtual pets."

The LeapBand activity tracker comes with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $39.99 and is available in green, pink and blue. Consumers can find it online and at major retail locations beginning August 2014.

 

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