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Whole Foods launches green gift card program

BY DSN STAFF

AUSTIN, Texas — Whole Foods Market has launched two new eco-friendly gift cards, with plans to replace the recycled plastic cards that will be phased out over time.

The new cards — one made of paper and the other of responsibly harvested wood — are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and have a lower carbon footprint, are reusable, recyclable, compostable and require less energy to be produced.

"We are constantly looking for ways to reduce our environmental impact and further our green mission efforts,” said Chris Jensen, gift card team leader for Whole Foods Market.

The grocer said it will continue to recycle gift cards both from Whole Foods Market and other retailers at its stores. To date, more than 265,000 plastic gift cards have been recycled and kept out of landfills.

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Newell Rubbermaid names new CFO

BY Allison Cerra

ATLANTA — Newell Rubbermaid has appointed Doug Martin as CFO, succeeding Juan Figuereo.

A 25-year veteran of the company, Martin most recently served as deputy CFO, where he is credited with designing a roadmap for streamlining the cost structure of the company and the global finance function. Prior to that, he held a number of key financial leadership positions, including VP finance for Newell’s consumer business, with financial responsibility for the company’s largest operating group; VP finance of office products, where he helped drive a significant turnaround in the group’s operating performance; and corporate VP — treasurer.

"We are making good early progress in the execution of our growth game plan by taking an aggressive stance toward reducing structural costs and working capital, and increasing brand investment," said Michael Polk, Newell Rubbermaid’s president and CEO. "Doug’s strategic leadership, financial expertise and deep company and industry knowledge will be instrumental to helping us realize our growth ambition."

Juan Figuereo joined Newell Rubbermaid as its CFO in 2009, with a primary focus on strengthening the company’s balance sheet and operating cash flow. With the balance sheet metrics nearly in line with targeted leverage metrics and the company now focused on growth, Figuereo made the decision to step down. He will remain with the company for the next few months in order to ensure a seamless transition.

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Giant-Landover appoints Gayle Shields as director of pharmacy operations

BY Alaric DeArment

LANDOVER, Md. — Giant-Landover has appointed Gayle Shields as its director of pharmacy operations, the Ahold USA-owned supermarket chain said Friday.

Shields brings nearly 25 years of pharmacy operations experience to the chain, officially known as Giant Food of Landover, Md., and a separate banner from Carlisle, Pa.-based Giant Food Stores, also owned by Ahold. Shields previously worked as director of pharmacy operations for Albertson’s and Save Mart, and attended college and graduate school in South Africa.

"We’re excited to welcome Gayle to our Giant family," Giant SVP store operations Shane Sampson said. "Our leadership team is gaining an employee with great knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry. With 24 years of pharmacy experience and five years of experience in a director position, we know Gayle is a great fit for this job and for our team."


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