P&G’s Jemison to retire
CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble has announced that Steven Jemison, chief legal officer, will retire in September after more than 29 years of service.
Until his retirement on Sept. 30, Jemison will serve as officer on special assignment, reporting to Bob McDonald, chairman, president and CEO.
Succeeding Jemison on Feb. 1 is Deborah Majoras, who currently is SVP and general counsel, and has been elected chief legal officer and secretary.
“Steve Jemison has been an exceptional leader and attorney throughout his career at P&G,” McDonald stated. “He has distinguished himself in labor and employment law. He’s demonstrated remarkable capability by leading in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa — an especially complex legal environment — and by helping to guide P&G’s Beauty business through a rapid decade of growth that included numerous acquisitions and divestitures. He worked with P&G’s board of directors as secretary during a period of significant external changes in governance and reporting. And he has led P&G’s Global Legal organization to leave an enduring legacy. His impact at P&G is significant, and he will be remembered.”
P&G settles lawsuit with Apollo Health
CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble announced last week that it has settled a lawsuit against Apollo Health and Beauty Care Corp. of Concord, Ontario, regarding the alleged infringement of its Herbal Essences intellectual property, including trademark, trade dress and industrial design rights.
The suit, filed in December 2008, involved the company’s Herbal Essences brand trade dress, the trademark and the unique design of the Herbal Essences bottles for shampoos and conditioners. In accordance with the settlement, Apollo Health and Beauty Care Corp. has agreed to stop distributing the bottles in issue. Other terms of the settlement will remain confidential, according to P&G.
P&G introduced the Herbal Essences packaging with the relaunch of the brand in 2006.
P&G board member Lynn Martin retires
CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble has announced the retirement of Lynn Martin from its board of directors, effective immediately.
The move, according to P&G, is in accordance with the company’s customary retirement age for directors. Martin, who has been a director since 1994, celebrated her 70th birthday last month.
“Lynn Martin has served P&G’s board with distinction for more than 15 years. We have benefited greatly from her insights, counsel and leadership,” stated Bob McDonald, P&G’s chairman of the board, president and CEO. “We will miss her and wish her continued success.”
Martin served on P&G’s Governance & Public Responsibility and Innovation & Technology committees.
Martin is a former professor at the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and former chair of the Council for the Advancement of Women and advisor to the firm of Deloitte & Touche for Deloitte’s internal human resources and minority advancement matters. She also served as United States secretary of labor from 1991 to 1993. Prior to her tenure as secretary of labor, she was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1981 to 1991.