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Kroger introduces Savor World Flavor event inspired by the tastes and flavors of Mexico

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Tuesday invited customers to be inspired by the tastes and flavors of Mexico during a first-of-its-kind epicurean event in local stores called Savor World Flavor:Taste of Mexico.

Dozens of new product selections, cooking demonstrations and food sampling are planned during the company’s first Savor World Flavor event for three weeks in June. Customers can also visit ExperienceSavorWorldFlavor.com online to view recipes, watch videos, find a schedule of in-store events and register to win prizes, including three trips to Mexico.

"Savor World Flavor is about re-igniting our customers’ passion for food through the authentic tastes and cuisines of world cultures," stated Michael Donnelly, Kroger’s VP merchandising. "Carefully selected foods and recipes will create a unique fiesta for the senses in our stores during Taste of Mexico — and provide exciting and easy new options to help solve the daily question, ‘what’s for dinner?’"

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NAPW names Dawn Jackman as the 2014 Professional Woman of the Year

BY Michael Johnsen

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – The National Association of Professional Women on Tuesday honored Dawn Jackman as the 2014 Professional Woman of the Year.

The National Association of Professional Women is a networking community with more than 600,000 members and nearly 400 Local Chapters.

“I am constantly conveying what is allowable and isn’t allowable as per the regulations and risks involved with these decisions,” Jackman said, speaking to her responsibilities as associate director, regulatory affairs at Bayer Healthcare.

Jackman, who holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from the New York Institute of Technology, did not start out her professional life with the intention to work in regulatory affairs. But her excellent interpersonal skills, keen ability to interpret regulations and strong emphasis on detail caught the attention of a co-worker who encouraged her to pursue a career in in this field. She took that person’s advice and was soon hired for a position in the regulatory department.

More than 20 years later, Jackman has gone on to enjoy a successful career where she provides regulatory guidance/assessments, expertise and support for global development project teams to help drive the business; interacts and negotiates with the Food and Drug Administration as a regulatory liaison; and reviews/approves labeling and advertising. “I also coach, train and supervise the Rutgers Post-Doctorate Regulatory Fellow as a preceptor/mentor, represent BHC and participate on industry task force teams and compile, review and submit submissions to FDA,” she said.

With an eye to the future, Jackman plans to become more involved in the Women Leadership Initiative at Bayer and looks forward to growing professionally within the company, as well as to continue to support her community and church.

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Symphony Health Solutions names Robert Gabruk SVP, customer success and insights

BY Ryan Chavis

HORSHAM, Pa. — Symphony Health Solutions — a provider of high-value data, analytics and technology solutions for health care and life sciences manufacturers, as well as payers and providers — on Tuesday named Robert Gabruk as SVP customer success and insights. Gabruk will be responsible for driving insights and leadership in the adoption of the firm’s analytics and consulting services by key accounts.  

“We are very pleased to have Bob join the Symphony Health Solutions team, as his extensive experience in leading successful analytics consulting engagements in this industry will help us to ensure that our clients derive maximum success out of their engagements with us,” said Tom Langan, chief commercial officer for Symphony Health Solutions.  “Information in our industry is complex. We feel that delivering client-centric service means having a dedicated team focused on delivering the right mix of analytics, data integration and technology solutions to our client partners. Bob will be instrumental in facilitating this with our team of experts.”

Before joining Symphony Health Solutions, Gabruk specialized in the use of quantitative analytics in consulting and engineering roles for two decades. He most recently served as the North American practice lead at Cognizant (formerly MarketRx). Gabruk also held consulting positions with Deloitte, where he focused on business assessment of pharmaceutical and life sciences companies.

"I am very excited to be joining Symphony Health Solutions, as the company is focused on transforming the client experience in analyzing information and seamlessly integrating data that will help clients better interpret their markets and make smarter, more informed business decisions," Gabruk said. "This is a company with a strong tradition of customer care, and I look forward to working with the entire Symphony team and our customers to take that experience to the next level."

Gabruk received a MBA from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business and a MSA in mechanical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

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