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Estée Lauder, fashion company Marni ink multiyear licensing deal

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK — Estée Lauder announced that its Aramis and designer fragrances division will assume the exclusive worldwide license for the fragrance business of Marni, a Milan-based luxury fashion company founded by Consuelo and Gianni Castiglioni in 1994.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Wearing Marni is like wearing a piece of art. It is an expression of individuality. Few designers can make the fashion community smile the way Consuelo does,” stated Veronique Gabai-Pinsky, global brand president of Aramis and designer fragrances. “Marni adds to our overall strategy by building on our European fragrance business in the high-end segment. Marni is a luxury brand with a loyal cult-like following that appeals globally to a sophisticated, trend-conscious customer.”

The first product introduction will be unveiled in fall 2012.

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Omron to host Oprah’s personal trainer on Twitter

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO — Omron Healthcare will be hosting Bob Greene, Oprah’s personal trainer, Wednesday at 9 p.m. on Twitter at #FitWithOmron. Participants will have a chance to win an autographed version of Greene’s latest book "20 Years Younger: Look Younger, Feel Younger."

Omron Healthcare teamed up with Bob Greene earlier this year to promote walking as a way to improve health. “I recommend walking as an easy cardio activity to step up your fitness routine," Greene said. "A walking partner that’s with you every step of the way, Omron pedometers motivate and remind you to keep going.”

Greene promotes Omron’s pedometers in a video, available here.

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Report: Diplomat aims for $1 billion revenue mark in 2012

BY Alaric DeArment

FLINT, Mich. — For the last several years, Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy has been widely recognized as one of the top privately owned companies in the country, but now it’s aiming even higher.

President and co-founder Phil Hagerman told the Flint, Mich., Journal that Diplomat is hoping to earn $1 billion in revenues next year. The company is expected to have more than $800 million in revenues this year.

Inc. magazine included Diplomat on its annual list of the fastest-growing private companies for three years in a row, ranking the company at 1,201-out-of-5,000 this year. In July, when Diplomat received Trade and Industry Development Magazine’s CiCi Award, Hagerman said the company plans to hire 1,000 people over the next five years and 4,000 people by 2028 in such jobs as nursing, pharmacy, information technology and call-center operations. Many of those jobs will be at its new headquarters, at Flint’s Great Lakes Technology Centre.

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