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Kmart’s Giving Hat campaign raises $16.1 million for St. Jude Children’s Resarch Hospital

BY Michael Johnsen
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – Kmart's Giving Hat campaign this past holiday season contributed to $16.1 million in total donations to St. Jude Children's Resarch Hospital, the company announced Tuesday. The Giving Hat – a stylish winter knit hat created by Kmart to encourage giving to St. Jude – successfully engaged shoppers in new ways, the company noted. 
 
"Our donation to St. Jude would never be possible without the support from our Kmart members, customers and associates across the country," stated Alasdair James, Kmart president and chief member officer. "We also saw firsthand how the introduction of The Giving Hat warmed hearts and heads, and brought us together to help raise funds for St. Jude in the fight against childhood cancer."
 
"Kmart continues to be a leader for our St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign and we are grateful for their unwavering commitment to the children of St. Jude," said Marlo Thomas, national outreach director for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. "The incredible support of their customers and associates allows us to keep my father's founding promise that no family ever pays St. Jude for anything – not for treatment, travel, housing or food because we believe all a family should worry about is helping their child live. This year, Kmart, in collaboration with St. Jude, designed and sold The Giving Hat to raise additional funds and awareness for the lifesaving work happening at St. Jude. The hat truly embodied the spirit of the season and campaign."
 
A total of 20% from the sale of each $5 hat was added to the donation Kmart stores raised over the holiday season for St. Jude. More than 105,000 Giving Hats were sold and hundreds of Kmart shoppers showcased their passion for St. Jude by wearing their Giving Hats and sharing the photos on social media.
 
Kmart is encouraging members to continue to share photos of themselves and their friends and family wearing The Giving Hat on the St. Jude Shop Your Way page (www.shopyourway.com/stjude). Kmart also welcomes members to post messages on the page about those in their life who may also be fighting a similar illness, which may inspire future designs of the hat.
 
Since 2006, Kmart has raised more than $92.8 million for St. Jude.
 
 
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Weis Markets adds pharmacy execs from Target, CVS to team

BY Michael Johnsen
SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets on Monday announced Crystal Osunde has joined the company as director of pharmacy operations and Ed Sheedy has joined the company as director of category analysis, promotional income and retail strategies.
 
As director of pharmacy operations, Osunde will oversee the day to day management and operations of the company’s 134 in-store pharmacies. She will report to Rick Seipp, VP pharmacy.
 
Osunde has more than 10 years of management experience in multi-unit pharmacy operations at Target and CVS. 
 
In his newly created position, Sheedy is responsible for assisting in the formulation of corporate merchandising strategy and business development activities along with the integration of customer-based metrics into merchandising and marketing program development. He reports directly to Kevin Broe, VP center store sales.
 
Prior to joining the company, Sheedy was director of category management insights at Ahold USA. Earlier in his career, he worked at EYC USA, a company specializing in customer analytics and The Nielsen Company.
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AmerisourceBergen announces new board directors, chairman after stockholders meeting

BY David Salazar
PHILADELPHIA — AmerisourceBergen last week held its annual stockholders meeting, electing 10 new directors to serve one-year terms on the company’s board of directors. Steven Collis, who has served as Amerisource Bergen’s president and CEO since July 2011, was elected chairman of the board, succeeding Richard Gozon. Dr. Jane Henney, chair of the board’s Governance and Nominating Committee, has become the lead independent director. 
 
“On behalf of the entire Board, I want to thank Dick for his many years of exemplary service to AmerisourceBergen,” said Collis. “I am honored to serve as chairman of the board of directors. With the support of the board, we will continue to drive stockholder value through our long-term strategic plans for sustainable growth and the disciplined deployment of capital.”
 
Other new additions to the board are:
  • Douglas R. Conant;
  • D. Mark Durcan;
  • Richard W. Gochnauer;
  • Lon R. Greenberg;
  • Kathleen W. Hyle;
  • Michael J. Long;
  • Henry W. McGee; and
  • Ornella Barra.
All of the members besides Collis and Barra are independent directors, and AmerisourceBergen has detailed biographies for them on its website. 
 
“I extend my sincere gratitude to Dick for the many contributions that he has made to the success of AmerisourceBergen and congratulate him on his retirement,” Henney said. “We will seek to build on the sound practices that were instituted during his tenure, so that AmerisourceBergen continues to be a leader in corporate governance.”
 
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