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Jack Bush joins Wolters Kluwer Pharma Solutions

BY Allison Cerra

PHOENIX — Wolters Kluwer Pharma Solutions has appointed a new VP marketing for its healthcare analytics business.

Jack Bush, a 25-year industry veteran, will be responsible for all aspects of marketing strategy and management for the healthcare analytics business, including marketing communications, product forecasting, sales support and government affairs. This is a newly created role at the company, Wolters Kluwer Pharma Solutions said.

Prior to joining the company, Bush held several senior management roles in pharmaceutical companies, most recently at Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals, as well as Alcon, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck and Roche.

“Jack’s been in our customers’ shoes for a long time and is well attuned to how they use data and how it can improve the bottom line performance of their brands,” said Bob Jansen, president and chief commercial officer of healthcare analytics at Wolters Kluwer Pharma Solutions. “He will be instrumental in providing the product leadership and market direction for our current product lines and all new product initiatives.”

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Brillo, BCRF continue partnership

BY Allison Cerra

WALLED LAKE, Mich. — Brillo once again has teamed up with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

As part of their continued partnership, Brillo will donate 5 cents of each purchase of specially marked packages of Brillo steel wool soap pads and Brillo Estracell sponges, up to $50,000. This year marks the second time the brand and the BCRF have joined forces.

"We’re honored to partner with BCRF once again this year in support of October’s breast cancer awareness month," Brillo spokesman Jeremy Bakken said. "BCRF is dedicated to preventing and finding a cure for breast cancer and with the help of consumers purchasing Brillo products we’re able to contribute to their great cause."

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Walmart expands commitment to solar energy in California

BY Marianne Wilson

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Walmart is taking its commitment to renewable energy to new levels in California.

The chain announced plans to install solar panels on up to 60 additional stores in the Golden State. The initiative, done in partnership with SolarCity, expands the company’s solar portfolio to more than 75% of its locations in California.

“California presents a great opportunity for Walmart to make significant progress toward our sustainability goals by installing solar power on more than 130 store rooftops throughout the state,” Walmart VP energy Kim Saylors-Laster said. “Walmart has reduced energy expenses by more than a million dollars through our solar program, allowing us to pass these savings on to our customers in the form of everyday low prices.”

When complete, Walmart’s total solar commitment in California is expected to provide 20% to 30% of each facility’s total electric needs. It also is expected to generate up to 70 million kilowatt hours of clean, renewable energy per year, the equivalent of powering more than 5,400 homes, and avoid producing more than 21,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, which is the equivalent of taking approximately 4,100 cars off the road.

Walmart’s investment in solar power is anticipated to create hundreds of jobs in California through its partnership with SolarCity, which will own, install and maintain the new solar power systems. The San Mateo, Calif.-based company has added more than 500 new full-time jobs since it initiated its first Walmart solar project, and expects to hire hundreds more before the end of the year.

“Our solar efforts in California have proven to be a great way for Walmart to build our renewable energy program,” said Mack Wyckoff, senior manager of renewable energy at Walmart. “We are confident that we will continue to grow our solar energy program in the U.S. and around the world because of the initial success we have had in California.”

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