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Catherine Lindner of Walgreens named vice chair of Network

Friday, March 2, 2012  
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Catherine Lindner, vice president of retail marketing for the Walgreen Company, has been named vice chair of the Network of Executive Women. Under the Network's bylaws, Linder will assume the post of Board chair when the term of the current Board chair -- Michelle Gloeckler, senior vice president, home, Walmart US — expires in October 2012.

Outgoing Vice Chair Julie Hamilton, executive assistant to the chairman and CEO of the Coca-Cola Company, will become an at-large member of the Network's Board. Lindner's role as marketing chair on the Network's Executive Committee will be taken by NEW Board member Annie Zipfel, vice president of owned brands and packaging for the Target Corporation.

Lindner helped form NEW Chicago and has been the lead on the NEW 2020 project, the Network’s strategic research and planning process designed to define its focus for the next decade. At Walgreens, she is responsible for the marketing strategy, planning and execution of the company’s $22 billion retail business. Zipfel is responsible for creating and executing strategy for Target Owned Brands with $15 billion in annual sales.

NEW President and CEO Joan Toth praised the new appointments. "Catherine will continue to help NEW meet the needs of our members, and is especially able to represent the needs of our retail members,” said Toth. "Annie will focus of refining NEW’s brand positioning and the Network’s social media outreach efforts.”

Toth saluted Hamilton's long record of service to NEW: "Julie has helped with NEW’s global outreach and will continue to be a resource for NEW’s expansion globally and domestically,” Toth said.

"We are thrilled to have such accomplished women dedicated to the Network and its mission,” Toth added. "Their efforts and ongoing commitment are a testament to -- and example of -- the great importance of gender diversity to the success of the cpg/retail industry.”

Catherine Lindner

Annie Zipfel

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