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People on the move … Dec. 7

Important personnel changes you should know this week about NACDS, Patrick Ta Beauty, and AmeriLife Group.
Nigel F. Maynard
Editorial Director

Drug Store News has rounded up all the retail pharmacy comings and goings to help keep you informed. Here are this week’s announcements.


NACDS adds Brent Palmer as director of federal and state public policy

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has announced the appointment of Brent Palmer to the new role of director of federal and state public policy.

Most recently, Palmer served as manager of public policy and government relations for Hims & Hers Health. 

“Brent brings tremendous value to the NACDS staff team and to the industry we proudly serve. He has a wealth of knowledge in the health policy arena — with diverse experience working on federal and state regulatory and legislative issues for the private and public sectors,” NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson said. “Brent will contribute immensely to NACDS policy and advocacy priorities vital to Americans — and to the pharmacies serving them as the face of neighborhood healthcare.”

At NACDS, Palmer will serve as a subject matter expert on state and federal public policy issues related to pharmacy scope of practice and reimbursement, Medicare and Medicaid matters, and related topics. He reports to Kayla McFeely, PharmD, senior director of pharmacy care and health and wellness programs. The department is led by Sara Roszak, DrPH, MPH, senior vice president of health and wellness strategy and policy.

Prior to his role at Hims & Hers, Palmer served as a public policy and government relations executive for Steward Health Care. Previously he worked on legislative and regulatory matters for Cambia Health Solutions; served as a lead health policy advisor in the Utah state legislature; and as a health policy analyst for Utah-based healthcare consulting firm, Leavitt Partners


Former senior L'Oreal exec joins Patrick Ta Beauty

Patrick Ta Beauty has appointed Paul Parikh as its new chief operating officer.

When asked about his new role, Paul said, "I'm thrilled to be joining this dynamic team to help usher in the next phase of growth for this highly differentiated and authentic artistry brand."

Parikh had served as CFO of L'Oreal Operations for North & South America where he supported a portfolio of more than 35 global brands, in addition to having held various finance leadership roles across L'Oreal's consumer and luxury brands, both domestic and international. Parikh brings more than 20 years of consumer goods finance and operations experience and over a decade in the beauty industry to this exciting time at Patrick Ta Beauty. Most recently, Parikh spent two years working at Signet Jewelers, where he served as CFO of the luxury jewelry brand Jared.

"Paul brings a unique skill-set to our growing brand which complements our existing creative vision," said Patrick Ta, one of the founders of the company said.

Patrick Ta Beauty is currently sold at Sephora North America and Sephora at Kohl's and has a strong consumer base on in the United States. 


Guillaume Motte named new president and CEO of Sephora

Beauty brand Sephora has named Guillaume Motte as its new president and chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1.

Motte will succeed and report to Chris de Lapuente, chairman and CEO of the LVMH selective retailing division.

"I am delighted to welcome Guillaume back to Sephora as president and CEO,” ​

Lapuente said. “His experiences over the past two years in LVMH Fashion Group, alongside Sidney Toledano, have broadened his prestige Brand building expertise and deepened his already extensive retail and business skills at a global level. I have no doubt he will continue to build Sephora into the extraordinary premium beauty retailer we envision. I am extremely happy that we will be working together again.


CandyRific promotes Frank Puglia to EVP, product development

CandyRific has promoted Frank Puglia to executive vice president, product development. Previously his title was creative director for CandyRific.

Puglia has worked with CandyRific for 18 years, ever since he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in fine arts with a concentration in graphic design from Long Island University, South Hampton, in 2004.  It was then he worked for a design agency out of Long Island on CandyRific products. A year or so later, Puglia was working solely on CandyRific products, and in 2010 Puglia joined CandyRific full-time and was named creative director in 2013.

“It’s been a wonderful experience to grow in my professional career as a designer and to grow with CandyRific as the company has expanded,” said Puglia. “My goal is to keep developing innovative and fun products and pushing the limits of what we can accomplish.”

At CandyRific, Puglia is responsible for overseeing four full-time designers, two of whom he’s worked with for more than a decade and were also with the agency where he got his start.  

According to CandyRific’s President and CEO, Rob Auerbach, this new job title is very well deserved. “We are so impressed with the work Frank has done in his tenure at CandyRific and we are excited to see what he and his team will help create next.”

Matthew Coleman joins AmeriLife as vice president of annuity and life product innovation

AmeriLife Group, a company that develops, markets, and distributes life and health insurance, annuities and retirement planning solutions, announced today that Matthew Coleman has joined the company as vice president of annuity and life product innovation.

In this newly created role, which will report to AmeriLife’s senior vice president of product innovation Brad Shelton. Coleman will partner with the company’s valued carrier partners to expand AmeriLife’s proprietary life insurance and annuity offerings to better meet the increasing demands of the company’s affiliates and their agents and clients.

“Matt brings a powerful combination of actuarial expertise and leadership experience within both carrier and distribution organizations,” said Shelton. “His addition comes at a perfect time given AmeriLife’s continued growth in the life and annuities space. We’re thrilled to have him join our team.”

Coleman brings nearly 30 years of industry experience to AmeriLife, most recently serving as a director at Willis Towers Watson, where he led business and product development, actuarial support and distribution strategy for the fixed, indexed and variable annuity markets. Previous to Willis Towers Watson, Coleman worked in progressively senior positions for BMA Insurance and financial services company CreativeOne. He also co-founded the Ideal Producers Group, where he spearheaded the actuarial department and led product innovation, design and marketing.

“At a time of increased distribution aggregation in the life and annuity markets, the integration of product development and distribution is a key business accelerator,” said Coleman. “Quality and insightful product development turns insurer relationships into long-lasting partnerships and maximizes the value delivered up and down the vertical. I look forward to helping deliver that on behalf of AmeriLife.”

“Matt’s appointment comes at a critical time of increasing demand for solutions that deliver on consumers’ total financial wellbeing," added Pat Fleming, executive vice president of Product Innovation and corporate actuary. “We look forward to Matt’s contributions with the development of proprietary life and annuity products, which will expand our growing product portfolio and provide unique solutions for our carrier partners as well as our marketers, agents and consumers.”

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