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Les Hamilton joins Hyland’s

BY Michael Johnsen

LOS ANGELES — Hyland’s on Monday named Les Hamilton as its VP sales. In his new role, Hamilton will be responsible for guiding the company’s sales organization and developing and implementing sales strategy.

“I have known Les for many years and I am confident that he brings to Hyland’s the right mix of experience, accomplishment and culture that aligns perfectly with our core values,” Hyland’s president Dale Nepsa said. “Les will be working closely with our outstanding sales teams in both natural foods and food, drug and mass merchandisers. He will be a valued member of our senior management team, providing a comprehensive sales perspective to the operations of our company.”

Hamilton joins Hyland’s from The Emerson Group, where he served as field sales manager. While with The Emerson Group, Hamilton managed accounts of all sizes, most recently managing the Target business for all of Emerson’s over-the-counter products. Hamilton’s prior experience includes almost 10 years at Target, where he held different positions, including category manager for numerous pharmacy categories and all OTC private-label items.

Hamilton graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science degree in both marketing and management.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb to present at The Liver Meeting

BY Alaric DeArment

PRINCETON, N.J. — Bristol-Myers Squibb will present 22 study abstracts next month at the 62nd annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases in San Francisco, the company said.

Key presentations set to take place at the meeting, called The Liver Meeting, include studies on the hepatitis B drug Baraclude (entecavir) and drugs under development for hepatitis C and liver cancer.

"Bristol-Myers Squibb is at the forefront of innovation in researching the treatment of liver diseases," Bristol-Myers Squibb SVP global development and medical affairs for research and development Brian Daniels said. "In hepatitis C, where there remains considerable unmet medical needs, our goal is to increase treatment options for patients by developing a portfolio of compounds with different mechanisms of action."


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Overseer of Target’s Canadian expansion quits

BY Gail Hoffer

MINNEAPOLIS — Michael Francis, Target’s EVP and chief marketing officer, and the person charged with leading the retailer’s expansion into Canada, has left the company, Target announced Monday.

“We would like to thank Michael for his many contributions and wish him the best in his future endeavors” said Target chairman, president and CEO Gregg Steinhafel said.

Francis will continue his career as president of JCPenney, effective Oct. 4, where will be responsible for all merchandising, marketing, planning and allocation, and product development and sourcing functions for the retailer. He will report to incoming JCPenney CEO Ron Johnson.

Regarding his new position, Francis said, "This is a tremendous opportunity for me to get back to department store retail. I began my career working on the sales floor of the State Street Marshall Field’s in Chicago. It was there where my passion for retail began and my understanding of the power and potential of the department store was formed. I am delighted to join JCPenney and work with Ron and the talented JCPenney team to help accelerate the momentum already taking place."

Back in January, Francis was named the executive committee sponsor of Target’s entrance into the Canadian market. In this role, Francis was to oversee the extension of Target’s brand as part of the corporation’s first-ever expansion of its stores beyond the United States.

At the time of the announcement, Steinhafel said, “With more than 25 years of experience with this corporation, Michael has a deep understanding of Target and the retail industry. His responsibility for corporate brand and reputation including our community relations efforts uniquely position him to lead this effort.”

Target intends to open its first Canadian stores in 2013 and has yet to provide details on who will continue Francis’ efforts after his departure.

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