NACDS awards top honors to industry leaders at annual meeting
PALM BEACH, Fla. At its annual meeting, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced the 2009 recipients of chain pharmacy’s most prestigious honors – the Sheldon W. Fantle Lifetime Achievement Award and the Robert B. Begley Award.
James Mastrian received the Sheldon W. Fantle Lifetime Achievement Award, and Harvey Alstodt received the Robert B. Begley Award. They were both applauded at the NACDS Annual Meeting in Palm Beach, Fla., by family, friends and colleagues.
Past NACDS board of director James Mastrian was honored with the Sheldon W. Fantle Lifetime Achievement Award for his exceptional accomplishments and contributions to the chain drug industry. Mastrian’s successful career of more than 40 years spans from starting as a pharmacy intern with Peoples Drug, to becoming COO of Rite Aid Corp. The Lifetime Achievement Award — established in 1989 — was renamed in 1996 in honor of the late Sheldon “Bud” Fantle.
Harvey Alstodt was presented with the Robert B. Begley Award, which recognizes an individual with the qualities of generous spirit and long-time service to the chain drug industry. Alstodt’s career includes over 40 years in the industry. He served both the industry and his fellow man on a number of boards and committees, including the executive board of the Boy Scouts. The Begley Award — established in 1980 — is named in memory of former NACDS Chairman of the Board Robert B. Begley.
“Jim and Harvey are great men whose leadership, service, commitment and dedication have well-served our industry and the patients and consumers it serves,” said NACDS president, CEO Steve Anderson. “We are truly honored to give these two hard-working and successful industry leaders the recognition they deserve, and to benefit the entire industry with the inspiration of their examples.”
New Degree Women Fine Fragrance Collection provides luxury at a great price
CHICAGO While it’s been well-documented that women have been cutting back on everything from clothing to grocery bills in the current economy, a new fragrance line has launched to help women find ways to enjoy luxury without breaking the bank.
New Degree Women Fine Fragrance Collection, which features a line of body mists and matching anti-perspirants, combining long-lasting, sophisticated scents with 24-hour wetness and odor protection, and providing everyday luxury for women on the move.
To help women find ways to have it all, the new Degree Women Fine Fragrance Collection is partnering with actress and fashion guru Lindsay Price, star of NBC’s “Lipstick Jungle.”
Price is passionate about showing women how to be smart shoppers and spenders, and will share how they can indulge in those must-haves that keep them looking and feeling good without breaking the bank.
“I’ve learned that knowing when to save and when to splurge is key to savoring everyday luxuries,” Price said. “It’s important to realize how to adjust — not abandon — indulgences, by looking for smarter ways to spend and treat ourselves.”
Degree Women Fine Fragrance Collection is available in three extraordinary scents: Delicious Bliss, Sexy Intrigue and Classic Romance. In fragrance sniff tests, more women preferred the Collection over a top-selling fine fragrance, based on a sample of 100 participants.
To celebrate the launch of the collection, Degree Women will make an in-kind donation to Dress for Success, an international non-profit organization that provides professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help disadvantaged women thrive in work and in life. The donation will help promote economic independence and make a lasting impact on women nationwide.
Degree Women Fine Fragrance Collection, featuring anti-perspirants and matching body mists, are available in the deodorant aisle at mass market retailers nationwide for an average retail price of $3.99 for deodorant (3 fl. oz.) and $3.99 for body mists (2.6 oz.). For more information and tips for finding everyday luxury for less, visit www.DegreeWomen.com.
Procter & Gamble announces organizational changes
CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble has announced that its president of global prestige products will be stepping down from his post after more than 28 years of service.
Hartwig Langer, president global prestige products, will retire effective Jan. 1, 2010. He will step down as division president on July 1, 2009, but will continue to serve in a special assignment to ensure a smooth transition, reporting to Ed Shirley, vice chairman of global beauty and grooming, until his retirement.
Under Mr. Langer’s leadership, P&G fine fragrances has become one of P&G’s fastest-growing and successful businesses. Today, P&G global prestige products is one of the world’s largest prestige fragrance businesses globally with many of the largest, most desirable brand names in the industry, such as Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Dolce & Gabbana and Gucci. In total, P&G has 23 prestige brands.
“Hartwig has been a game-changing leader and strategist,” said Shirley. “He has succeeded by turning the industry’s conventional business model on its head by challenging the industry paradigm that being in touch with the consumer would not yield fresh insights in an industry dominated by creative individuals. He has left an enduring legacy at P&G and in the beauty industry.”
Patrice Louvet, VP future strategy & growth, global prestige products, has been elected president, global prestige products, succeeding Langer. Louvet will report to Shirley, and will continue to be located in Geneva, Switzerland.
“Patrice Louvet is the right leader to succeed Hartwig. He is well-positioned to sustain and strengthen the growth of P&G Prestige where he has been serving as vice president – future strategy and growth for some time,” Shirley said. “With more than 20 years experience in the company, and 15 years in beauty, he has successfully led several of P&G’s businesses in multiple regions. He is a cosmopolitan leader with experience in Europe, Asia and North America. And, he is a beauty expert whose experience in skin, hair and color cosmetics will help us further grow our Prestige Beauty business on the strong foundations in place today.”