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Kroger SVP Robert ‘Pete’ Williams to retire

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Tuesday announced that SVP Robert "Pete" Williams plans to retire in May after 37 years with the company.  

"Throughout his extraordinary career, Pete’s leadership has reflected his passion for our associates, customers and local communities. He has been a tremendous asset to our company and will be missed," stated Mike Ellis, Kroger’s president and COO. "Whether developing associates and fostering career paths for many people within the company, or influencing Kroger to improve the customer experience, Pete led with a contagious enthusiasm and steady presence. We thank Pete for his many years of dedicated service and wish him and his wife, Jennifer, the very best in retirement."

Williams has served in his current role since 2007. Today, he leads seven supermarket divisions. His replacement will be named at a later date.

Upon graduating from the University of Mississippi, Williams began his Kroger career in 1977 as a management trainee in Memphis, Tenn. with the company’s Delta division. Beginning in 1978 he held a variety of human resources leadership roles, working his way up to serve as director of labor relations at the company’s general office in 1987. He moved back to Atlanta three years later, where he spent the next several years serving as VP operations and VP merchandising, before being promoted to president of Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic division in 1998. 

 

 

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Shiseido begins trading on OTCQX

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Shiseido Co. — a Japanese cosmetics manufacturer whose brands include Global Shiseido, bareMinerals and Nars — has chosen to have its American Depositary Receipts trade on OTCQX, the OTC Markets Group has announced.

Shiseido begins trading on April 1 on OTCQX International Premier, a segment of the OTCQX marketplace reserved for non-U.S. companies that are listed on a qualified international exchange and provide their home country disclosure to U.S. investors.  

"We are pleased to welcome Shiseido, one of the world’s largest cosmetics and beauty companies and a respected Japanese brand, to the OTCQX marketplace," stated R. Cromwell Coulson, president and CEO of OTC Markets Group. "By joining OTCQX, Shiseido ensures its U.S. investors will have transparent trading and convenient access to its news and financial disclosure, making it easier for them to analyze, value and trade its securities.  We look forward to working with Shiseido’s management team as they continue to grow their presence in the U.S. market."

 

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Ralph Lauren Fragrances introduces Midnight Romance

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK —- Ralph Lauren Fragrances is expanding its portfolio with the new Midnight Romance for women.

Available in select retailers beginning April, Midnight Romance is designed to capture Ralph Lauren’s understanding of feminine sensitivity and beauty. Each bottle design detail exhibits the sensual mystique of the fragrance. The transparent bottle with its soft pink juice is sealed with a shiny metallic black cap with silver outline.

The top notes are raspberry, Italian bergamont and juicy lychee. The mid notes are peony, jasmine sambac and freesia. The base notes are black vanilla, iris absolute and ambrox.

To bring the Midnight Romance love story to life and portray the cinematic start to many romances, director Bruce Weber created a short film in black and white to capture the essence of midnight passion. This story also welcomes a new Ralph Lauren Fragrances face, Anna Selezneva, a current star on the Ralph Lauren fashion runway.

 

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