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Walgreens promotes vp specialty pharmacy, controller

BY DSN STAFF

DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens announced today the promotions of Stanley Blaylock and Mia Scholz from divisional to corporate vice presidents.

Blaylock is the vice president of specialty pharmacy for Walgreens Health Services, the managed care division of Walgreens that includes Option Care. Blaylock joined Walgreens in 2006 when the company acquired Medmark Specialty Pharmacy Solutions, which Blaylock co-founded.

Scholz was promoted to corporate vice president of accounting and controller. She joined Walgreens in 1999 after working for Arthur Anderson.

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Tesco to open first U.S. stores Nov. 8

BY Doug Desjardins

LOS ANGELES British grocery giant Tesco plans to make a big splash with its U.S. debut Nov. 8 by opening 6 stores on one day in Southern California. Tesco said it would open Fresh & Easy outlets in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties that day.

“After great anticipation, we’re thrilled to open our doors to neighborhoods in Southern California,” said Fresh & Easy chief operating officer Tim Mason. He said the 10,000-square-foot stores would provide a fast and convenient experience for shoppers. Tesco plans to open more stores later this year in Las Vegas, Phoenix and San Diego and has about 30 openings scheduled for 2007 and approximately 350 through 2010.

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Unilever, Sunbeam Back ‘DeGeneres’ Marketing Program

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK Unilever and Sunbeam have been named exclusive national sponsors of “Wish You Were Here,” a joint AOL/Warner Bros. Television Group (WBTVG) marketing program for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” according to Marketing Daily.

As part of the marketing program, Unilever’s All small & mighty concentrated laundry detergent is directing a nationwide eco-education program and contest called “Search for the Greenest Grade School in America.” The grand prize-winning school will get $50,000 toward building an eco-friendly playground, among other prizes.

As a supporting sponsor, the Sunbeam Rocket Grill will get prime online branding through the site and integration as an audience prize on the TV show.

“Ellen is one of the most popular personalities on television, and we are excited to partner with Telepictures to create this program that connects Ellen with her fan base across the country,” said Kathy Kayse, EVP of AOL Brand Solutions.

The 10-week program, available at ellen.aol.com, is a cross-platform collaboration between AOL, WBTVG and its Telepictures Productions unit. Visitors to the site can upload their stories, photos and videos with their pitches. DeGeneres will use the stories on her TV show and visit the winner in December.

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