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P&G’s vice chairman Werner Geissler to retire

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble has announced that Werner Geissler, vice chairman and special adviser to the chairman and CEO, will retire from the company on Dec. 31, after more than 35 years service.

Born in Germany, Geissler spent two years with the German Air Force before graduating with an MBA from the University of Cologne. He joined P&G on June 1, 1979, as a brand assistant. During a career that has spanned more than 35 years in marketing and general management, Geissler has worked in Germany, the Netherlands, the United States, Turkey, Japan and Switzerland.

He has held positions of increasing responsibility in brand and general management and worked in several of categories, including household care, cosmetics and fragrance, baby care, tissue towels and hair care. He has led operations in Germany; Turkey/Caucasian and Central Asian Republics; Northeast Asia/Japan; and Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. He has helped integrate several acquired businesses during his career.

He was appointed vice chairman of global operations in 2007 and assumed the additional responsibility of special advisor to the chairman and CEO in 2014.

“Werner is the definition of a global executive and led dynamic growth in many regions. He is leaving a lasting and positive legacy on both the business and the organization,” said P&G’s chairman, President and CEO, A.G. Lafley.

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Probi, Pharmavite partner to expand distribution

BY Ryan Chavis

LUND, Sweden — Probi and Pharmavite entered into a long-term agreement for the distribution and marketing of Probi's line of probiotic products. Under the terms, Pharmavite will broaden the distribution and expand the range of the Nature Made brand. Pharmavite also will grow its probiotic business internationally.
 
“We are very excited to expand our partnership with Pharmavite. Pharmavite is a reputable and skilled partner whose quality focus is an excellent match with Probi’s clinically proven products," said Peter Nählstedt, CEO of Probi.
 
Probiotic products are an integral part of Pharmavite’s strategy for the coming year, the company added. “Probiotics is an area of focus for Pharmavite and we plan to invest in this category going forward. Probi plays a major role in this effort as we share the same commitment to research and development and the marketing of efficacious products," said Etienne Patout, CMO of Pharmavite.
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Actress Katie Holmes named Olay’s first global brand ambassador

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Procter & Gamble’s Olay skin care brand has selected actress Katie Holmes as the brand’s first global brand ambassador.

In her role, Holmes will represent the Olay global brand campaign, Your Best Beautiful, by encouraging women around the world to never settle and be their best beautiful in their lives and in their skin.

“I’m very excited to be the Olay global brand ambassador. Olay is a brand I respect, trust and believe in. I love the products and message to women to never settle and put their best face forward, every day,” Holmes said.
 

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