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Pharmaca’s founder leaves post as chairman

BY Michael Johnsen

BOULDER, Colo. — Barry Perzow, chairman and founder of Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy on Thursday announced his retirement from the progressive pharmacy operation.

He will continue to serve on Pharmaca’s board.

“I have lived a purposeful life founding and running businesses that have made a difference with a social consciousness, always exemplifying authenticity, environmental and community values and building committed and passionate teams all buying into the same mission,” Perzow stated. “Pharmaca has an exceptional management team in place led by [CEO Mark] Panzer and a very capable board of directors. It’s a good time for me to explore new passions and opportunities that further fulfill my personal goals and lifestyle.”

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Ahold appoints chief commercial development officer

BY Allison Cerra

AMSTERDAM — Ahold has tapped retail veteran James McCann to serve in the newly created role of chief commercial development officer.

McCann, who most recently served as executive director for Carrefour France and a member of Carrefour’s group executive board, will focus on developing new and innovative ways to serve customer needs, build customer loyalty and broaden Ahold’s offering. He also will be responsible for leading Ahold’s e-commerce initiatives and will strengthen the company’s online business globally.

In addition, McCann will play a key role in expanding the company’s operations in new markets. In these capacities, he will work with the chief operating officers for Ahold Europe and Ahold USA divisions, according to Ahold CEO Dick Boer.

The Ahold supervisory board plans to nominate McCann for appointment to Ahold’s corporate executive board at its annual shareholders meeting next April 17. Until that time, McCann will be an acting member of the corporate executive board.

Ahold’s U.S. division operates such chains as Stop & Shop, Giant-Landover, Giant-Carlisle and Martin’s. 

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Sanrio, Vandor enter licensing deal for Hello Kitty products

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — A new line of Hello Kitty household products are arriving this summer, thanks to a new licensing agreement inked by Sanrio and Vandor.

Through the deal, which is effective immediately, Vandor will produce the collection, which includes such items as eco-friendly shopper totes, as well as ceramic and travel mugs that feature Hello Kitty, a Sanrio brand. The collection will range in price from $2.49 to $9.99.

“Hello Kitty is an evergreen property that has evolved into one of the most unique and identifiable brands of our time,” said Stacey Dobkins, Vandor VP licensing and marketing said. “She’s a perfect addition to our already comprehensive portfolio of high-quality licensed products that have strong appeal and sell-through.”

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