WSJ: P&G’s head of North America business to step down
CINCINATTI — Procter and Gamble’s group president of the North America business, Melanie Healey, is leaving the company next year, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
The announcement was made in an internal memo distributed to employees on Wednesday, the WSJ reported.
The news is raising some eyebrows as Healey, who joined P&G in 1990, was once considered a potential successor to CEO A.G. Lafley.
The WSJ reports that Healey’s departure narrows the list of potential CEO successors inside P&G — internally nicknamed “the fab five” — down to four: David Taylor, group president of global health and grooming; Deborah Henretta, group president of global beauty; Giovanni Ciserani, group president of global fabric and home care; and Martin Riant, group president of global baby, feminine and family care.
The memo also outlined several other management changes, according to the WSJ. The changes put a new team of senior managers under Henretta’s global beauty business. The new leaders include Patrice Louvet as president of global cosmetics, the high-end prestige business and the salon market. There’s also Alexandra Keith, whom the company said in September would move from her post in fabric care to become president for global skin and personal care.
Healey has held several positions since joining the company as brand manager, Phebo Soap, Brazil, including group president, global feminine and health care; president, global feminine care GBU; and VP and GM, feminine care North America. She assumed her current role in 2009.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Caroly Tastad, the global head of customer business development, has been named Healey's successor, effective Jan 1. Tastad has 31 years of P&G experience.
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CVS Health, Direct Relief to donate $1M in flu shot vouchers to uninsured
WOONSOCKET, R.I. and SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — CVS Health and Direct Relief have teamed up to provide $1 million in flu shot vouchers to community health clinic patients in underserved communities who lack health insurance.
Nearly 100 participating clinics will identify uninsured individuals from their existing patient populations and provide them with a flu shot voucher that is redeemable at any CVS/pharmacy or MinuteClinic location.
"Cost should not be a barrier to receiving important preventive health care such as a flu vaccination. While most insurance plans fully cover the cost of a flu shot, our partnership with Direct Relief will help ensure that thousands of uninsured patients will have access to a flu shot at CVS/pharmacy or MinuteClinic at no cost to them," stated Papatya Tankut, VP of pharmacy affairs at CVS Health.
Direct Relief's network is comprised of more than 1,200 community health centers and clinics nationwide.
"While flu shots offer the best protection against influenza viruses, too many families with low incomes and without insurance are unable to afford the vaccination," said Damon Taugher, director of U.S. programs at Direct Relief. "Direct Relief is delighted to work with CVS Health to help protect thousands of people who are in tough financial situations access a flu shot at no cost to them this season."
Community health clinics that received flu shot vouchers are located in the following metropolitan areas:
• Los Angeles
• New York City
• Newark, N.J.
• Orlando, Fla.
• Tampa, Fla.
• Trenton, N.J.
A list of select participating locations at which flu shot vouchers are now available for uninsured patients of the health clinics may be found at cvshealth.com/flu-shot-vouchers-participating-clinics.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone ages 6 months and older get an annual flu shot.