Vitasoy-USA appoints VP sales and marketing
AYER, Mass. — Vitasoy-USA announced that it has promoted one of its marketing executives.
Susan Rolnick now will serve as VP sales and marketing, the tofu and Asian pasta maker said. Prior to joining the company in 2009, Rolnick served as director of marketing for ConAgra’s Lightlife division.
"Susan Rolnick is a dynamic sales and marketing leader who has demonstrated success across many facets of our business, including sales, marketing, customer engagement and channel management in both the U.S. and Canada," Vitasoy-USA president and CEO Walter Riglian said. "Rolnick launched products that have become game changers for our industry. She clearly is at the forefront of the creative leadership in our field. In the year ahead, Vitasoy will launch major new products in both the U.S. and Canadian markets. We are fortunate to have her as an integral part of our strategic management team."
Catalina Marketing appoints new EVP, chief information officer
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A former Dell executive has stepped into a new role at a consumer-driven marketing leader.
Catalina Marketing said John Miles will serve as EVP and chief information officer and will be responsible for leading IT strategy, research and development and new product development. Prior to joining the company, Miles served as CIO for Dell’s global commercial and consumer businesses.
Miles replaces Eric Williams, a 19-year company veteran.
“John is an exceptional leader and innovator who joins Catalina at an exciting time in our company’s evolution and growth,” Catalina CEO Jamie Egasti. “His experience in driving technology-enabled breakthroughs will help Catalina stay at the forefront of consumer loyalty innovation.”
Walmart preps for tax season
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart announced that it is helping customers prepare for tax season by offering low-cost tax preparation services and free in-store federal form 1040EZ filing. The retailer also will provide $3 and $6 check-cashing services.
"We believe Americans shouldn’t have to pay exorbitant prices on their everyday financial needs," almart Financial Services VP Daniel Eckert said. "It’s their money and we want to make sure they can cash checks, pay bills and transfer money at a low price."
According to Walmart, its low-cost check-cashing services can be used by customers to cash their tax refunds without being penalized financially. The average tax refund is $2,902 which means Americans could spend up to $90 just to receive their tax refund, Walmart said.
"Customers need to make every dollar count in this tough economy, and that’s why we’re committed to helping customers pay less for their financial services during tax season and throughout the year," said Eckert. "With more than 3,000 tax preparation kiosks in Walmart stores across the U.S. and low flat-fee check cashing services, our customers can conveniently make their refund dollars stretch farther by simply taking care of their tax needs at Walmart."
Walmart said it has worked with Jackson Hewitt and H&R Block to double its in-store tax kiosks and lower the cost for tax preparation services. Jackson Hewitt will offer free federal Form 1040EZ filing at its Walmart kiosks throughout the tax season and H&R Block will offer a free federal Form 1040EZ until Feb. 29. H&R Block will have 250 kiosks in Walmart stores, while Jackson Hewitt is adding approximately 800 kiosks bringing their Walmart footprint to 2,800.