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Mars names Debra Sandler chief health and wellbeing officer

BY Ryan Chavis

MCLEAN, Va. — Mars announced that Debra Sandler has been named chief health and wellbeing officer. Tracey Massey will fill Sandler's previous role as acting president of Mars Chocolate, North America.

The creation of the chief health and wellbeing officer position reflects the priority that health and wellbeing represents for Mars, the company said. It's approach has focused on helping the consumer make well-informed choices, improving the nutritional value of its portfolio, conducting research into nutrition and working to promote active, healthy lifestyles.

“When we reorganized into our business segments in 2008, we concentrated our health-and-wellness efforts within those segments to address the diversity of our product portfolios in chocolate, pet care, food, Wrigley, drinks and Mars Symbioscience,” said Grant F. Reid, co-president of Mars. “Great work has gone on across our businesses under this strategy. This newly created role will help accelerate that progress by creating a comprehensive cross-segment strategy that will drive change across our businesses. Debra will lead our Health & Wellbeing platform through collaboration with our segments and by leveraging our significant lessons learned in this space to date, including depth of consumer insights, data and nutritional research within our segments. Debra has been a change agent in the area of health and wellness, shepherding innovative product options like the lower calorie per pack M&M’s Pretzel variety, demonstrating industry leadership as a member of the Board of the Healthy Weight Commitment and by calling for industry change in her 2013 State of the Industry Speech at the National Confectioner’s Association.”

Sandler joined the company in 2009 as chief consumer officer and was promoted to president of Mars Chocolate North America in 2012. She has a degree in international trade from Hofstra University and an MBA from New York University. Sandler will report to David Kemenetzky, VP corporate affairs and strategic initiatives.

Reid also commented on Massey's appointment as acting president:

“During her time as chocolate CFO, Tracey has demonstrated particular excellence in shaping the vision and strategy, and has led our chocolate growth in emerging markets across the world. Tracey has demonstrated a passion for developing associates and is widely recognized as a unifying leader of the CFOs across the chocolate business. I have complete confidence that she will transition into this new role brilliantly,” Reid said.

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LIU Pharmacy appoints new dean

BY Ryan Chavis

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — LIU Pharmacy, part of the Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, announced that educator and researcher Dr. John Pezzuto has been named dean of the LIU Pharamacy, effective Jan. 1, 2015. He succeeds Stephen Gross, Ph.D., in the role.

Dr. Pezzuto's current research interests are in the areas of biology-driven natural product drug discover and characterization, with a primary focus on the fields of cancer chemotherapy and cancer chemoprevention, according to the school. He has directed the research of many doctoral students, postdoctoral associates, as well as visiting scholars.

“The LIU community is honored to welcome Dr. Pezzuto to our university,” said Dr. Kimberly R. Cline, president of LIU. “A top leader in pharmaceutical education, he brings with him a great understanding of the industry and a passion for research. I am confident Dr. Pezzuto will bring LIU Pharmacy to even higher levels of achievement and provide our students with an excellent education.”

Dr. Pezzuto has been working as the founding dean of the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaii at Hilo since 2006. Prior to that, he served as dean of the College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Sciences at Purdue University in Indiana.

“It is a great honor to join LIU as the next dean of the pharmacy school,” said Dr. Pezzuto. “Being so deeply steeped in history and tradition, this college generates pride and vast opportunity. I have been impressed by the strength of the faculty, the excellence of the students, and the commitment of the administration. I am confident that my experience and background are perfectly suited for helping the College reach the next level of preeminence, and I look forward to working with my new colleagues to make this a reality.”

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CVS Caremark joins AHA to promote health in the workplace

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark president and CEO Larry Merlo, along with CEOs from more than a dozen of America's largest corporations and organizations, announced on Tuesday the creation of the American Heart Association CEO Roundtable, an initiative to create a workplace culture that is focused on health.

As part of the announcement, the AHA also released results from a new online survey showing that while Americans overestimate their health — putting them at greater risk for heart disease and other serious illness — companies and their executive leadership can help.

"At CVS Caremark, we want to ensure that our employees are as healthy as can be," Merlo said. "We are excited to share ideas with the leaders participating in the roundtable and to learn some best practices from them as well."

The AHA CEO Roundtable is looking to lead by example to engage more than 2 million collective employees to create a healthier America — starting in the workplace. CVS Caremark will reach more than 200,000 colleagues alone nationwide.

The AHA CEO Roundtable initiative was informed by a new survey commissioned by the AHA, which found that employees are more likely to participate in and benefit from workplace health programs when encouraged by their CEO and senior management. The CEO Roundtable aims to improve health, in part, by engaging employees to make simple behavior changes — such as being more active and monitoring blood pressure — to reduce their risk of heart disease and other chronic illnesses.

CVS Caremark's "Plan for Health" offers incentives, including a lower paycheck contribution for colleagues who each year undergo a free health screening and complete an online health assessment. The program has helped many colleagues learn, some for the first time, that they have a chronic health condition that needs to be addressed, or they have the risk of developing a chronic health condition. In addition, CVS Caremark also provides free wellness services, such as screenings, flu shots and smoking-cessation counseling, at the company's more than 800 MinuteClinic locations. These services are available to all colleagues, regardless of whether they enroll in company-sponsored health coverage.

"As the nation's largest pharmacy healthcare provider, CVS Caremark is committed to helping people on their path to better health. This includes employees at our stores, MinuteClinics, distribution centers and corporate offices nationwide," Merlo said.

"Each year, at least 200,000 deaths caused by heart disease could be prevented through simple changes in health habits, and we need to tackle this issue head-on," said Nancy Brown, CEO of the AHA. "The CEO Roundtable is collaborating to reach more than 2 million employees to help make America heart-healthy."

The American Heart Association's CEO Roundtable comprises three co-chairs, including Henry Kravis, KKR & Co. L.P.; Terry Lundgren, Macy's.; and Nancy Brown, American Heart Association; and 19 members, including Mitch Barns, Nielsen; Bruce Broussard, Humana; David Calhoun, Blackstone; D. Scott Davis, United Parcel Service; Paul Diaz, Kindred Healthcare; Ken Frazier, Merck; Alex Gorsky, Johnson & Johnson; Milton Johnson, HCA; John Lederer, US Foods; Andrew Liveris, Dow Chemical; Mike Mahoney, Boston Scientific; Merlo, CVS Caremark; Denise Morrison, Campbell Soup Co.; George Paz, Express Scripts; Dr. Ralph Shrader, Booz Allen Hamilton; Randall Stephenson, AT&T; Bernard J. Tyson, Kaiser Permanente; Gregory Wasson, Walgreens; and David West, Big Heart Pet Brands.

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