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Mayes promoted to SVP government relations at Safeway

BY Michael Johnsen

PLEASANTON, Calif. Safeway on Tuesday announced that it has appointed 16-year veteran Jonathan Mayes to SVP government relations, public affairs, corporate social responsibility and philanthropy.

“[Mayes] is an exceptional leader and has successfully represented the company and its stakeholders in his role as our key government affairs person,” stated Larree Renda, EVP, chief strategist and administrative officer. “Certainly he will bring the same level of excellence and commitment to these other functions that interact on a daily basis with our customers and communities.”

Mayes, 52, joined Safeway in 1994 as a senior attorney focused on employment law, business litigation and consumer protection matters. In 1996, he joined the company’s government relations team as a director and was promoted to VP of that function in 1999. In 2008, Mayes was named group VP government relations in charge of the team of professionals that focus on local, state and federal government matters in the geographies in which Safeway operates in the United States and Canada.

Before joining Safeway, Mayes was senior corporate counsel for Lucky Stores, and an attorney at Donahue Gallagher Woods LLP. He is on the executive committee and board of the California Grocers Association, and a member of the board of the California Retailers Association.

He has been honored by both the Bay Area Minority Bar Coalition and the Charles Houston Bar Association for his exemplary service to the legal community. Mayes received his Juris Doctorate degree from Willamette University College of Law, in Salem, Oregon.

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Smiling Planet announced partnership with Healthy Child Healthy World

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES Smiling Planet a new line of earth-friendly lifestyle products for kids, has joined the Healthy Child Healthy World network.

The partnership represents a joint commitment to raising awareness about preventing children’s exposure to harmful chemicals, and also reinforces the high standards of safety, quality, and environmental consciousness that Smiling Planet sets for its children’s dinnerware. Smiling Planet’s plates and bowls are specifically designed to be a safe and practical alternative to dinnerware containing melamine, BPA and other harmful chemicals, Smiling Planet said.

“Today’s parents are inundated with conflicting information about product safety, often leaving them unsure about which products are best,” said Freddy Deane, who co-founded Smiling Planet with wife Olivia Haviland. “We’re proud to join Healthy Child Healthy World to empower parents to find the safest possible products for their children, and for the planet.”

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Sagent’s generic Imitrex receives regulatory approval

BY Alaric DeArment

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic injected drug made by Sagent Pharmaceuticals for treating migraine attacks, Sagent said Monday.

 

The FDA approved Sagent’s sumatriptan succinate injection in the 6 mg per 0.5 milliliter strength. The drug is used to treat acute migraine attacks and cluster headache episodes.

 

 

Sumatriptan is a generic version of GlaxoSmithKline’s Imitrex. Injectable sumatriptan had $22 million in sales in 2009, according to IMS Health.

 

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