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Rite Aid names seasoned veteran to HR post

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid on Tuesday announced that Dedra Castle is joining Rite Aid as EVP and chief human resources officer. In this position, Castle will be responsible for all aspects of human resources, including training, recruitment, talent management, compensation and benefits, labor relations, leadership development and diversity. She will report to Rite Aid’s chairman and CEO John Standley.

“Dedra is a dynamic, seasoned human resources professional with a proven track record of success,” Standley said. “I am confident she will bring outstanding leadership to our organization of nearly 90,000 Rite Aid associates as we work together to continue to successfully grow our business and achieve long-term success.”

Castle is an accomplished leader with more than 19 years of experience in human resource management. In 2012, Castle became a founding member and managing partner of Castle Partners, a human resources management services firm; and Level Mediation, a multi-state mediation firm.

Before this, Castle worked for the Sam Club’s division of Walmart Stores, where she most recently led the corporate human resources function and was the chief inclusion and diversity officer. While at Sam’s Club, she also served as VP of its people division, where she was responsible for field human resources for the 110,000 associates in nearly 600 Sam’s Clubs nationwide. Prior to Sam’s Club, she held senior human resources positions at Winn-Dixie Stores and Auto Zone Stores. Earlier in her career, she was employed by the Department of Defense, where she managed the civil service employment function for Marine Corps Air Stations El Toro and Miramar in Southern California as each restructured under Base Realignment and Closure.

Castle earned a bachelor of business administration degree from National University in San Diego. She also was awarded a master’s certificate in Advanced Conflict Resolution and Analysis from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

 

 

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VR1 launches homeopathic migraine reliever Ausanil

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — VR1 on Tuesday announced the availability of Ausanil, a new non-prescription homeopathic nasal spray formulated to provide rapid pain relief from severe headaches and migraines with no reported systemic side effects or adverse drug-drug interactions. 

"We are pleased to offer Ausanil as an important new option for severe headache and migraine patients still searching for a treatment that is effective, safe and accessible," said Anjan Chatterjee, VR1 founder. "As a physician who has treated thousands of headache patients, and as a lifelong migraine sufferer myself, I know how frustrating and debilitating it can be when you are unable to function in your daily life because you have to wait so long for your medication to take effect."

Approximately one-third of the 36 million migraine sufferers in the United States are not satisfied with their current treatment regimen, he said. Ausanil was developed to address several of the biggest challenges for millions of sufferers, including inadequate pain relief and side effect limitations.

When used as directed, Ausanil can be taken multiple times per day, alone or with other migraine medications, without reported risk of systemic side effects or drug-drug interactions. Ausanil is non-habit forming and does not contain caffeine, zinc, aspirin or acetaminophen. 

 

 

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John Frieda Frizz Ease movement encourages women to ‘never pull back’

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — With its newly relaunched John Frieda Frizz Ease collection, Kao USA has created a brand movement encouraging women to “never pull back.”

By visiting the new online resource NeverPullBack.com, women can learn how embracing the Frizz Ease brand frizz-free lifestyle lets them confidently wear their hair down every day. To encourage women to let loose their best self on a daily basis, Frizz Ease Hair Care professionals created a digital video, "A Girl’s got to Be Free."

For more than 25 years, John Frieda Hair Care has provided frizz solutions for women, starting with the Hair Serum Original Formula and growing into an arsenal of more than 20 frizz-targeting formulas. Now, with the "Never Pull Back" movement, on top of providing frizz solutions, Frizz Ease products are helping all women internalize the full-confidence attitude that comes with knowing their hair always looks smooth, sleek and flawless.

 

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