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People on the move … Oct. 5

Important personnel changes you should know this week.

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


Clark Taylor to retire from CandyRific

After 20 years in the confection industry, Clark Taylor, senior vice president of sales and marketing at CandyRific, is retiring at the end of the year.

Clark joined the company in 2011 as the western division sales manager and was promoted to vice president of sales in 2015, and to his current position in 2019. Prior to working with CandyRific, he served with PEZ Candy for more than eight years and got his start with Del Monte Foods USA, where he served for 13 years.

“Like most everyone when they make the decision to retire, it has been difficult, as I have enjoyed all of my years in the industry and will miss the relationships and learning something new every day,” Clark said.

“Clark’s innovative vision and leadership of CandyRific’s sales and marketing team will be missed,” said BJ Ruckriegel, CFO and COO of CandyRific. “We wish him the best in his retirement.”


Tim Warner joins Shani Darden Skin Care as CEO

Shani Darden Skin Care has announced that Tim Warner will be the brand’s new CEO.

Warner, the company said, brings category-defining and defying experience to the brand and has an unparalleled track record of taking founder-led beauty brands, such as Benefit Cosmetics, Urban Decay and most recently Drunk Elephant, from “indie” status to globally recognized entities.

“I love working with creative founders and getting the most out of them,” Warner said. “I’m especially drawn to founders that need a business counterpart so I can help them build a model that allows them to dream. Shani and I think alike. Her simple but effective formulations and skin care philosophy are similar to how I think about business.”

The company said Warner’s simple-is-best business philosophy allows fast-growing brands to focus, simplify and build the critical foundations to support sustained long-term growth. “Tim has a retailer-first mentality having begun his career as a cosmetics buyer at a luxury department store based in San Francisco, and he maintains deep relationships with key retail partners globally,” the company said.

Farouk Systems announces executive leadership changes

One of the largest beauty companies, Farouk Systems, announced executive leadership appointments to key divisions within the company.

The appointments include Lisa Marie Garcia, named president of professional; Farah Faulkner, named president of retail; Paula Malloy-Huerta, named president of chains; and finally, Richard Rivas, named senior vice president of marketing. The changes are a result of the company’s deliberate and collaborative approach to driving company focus, growth, continuity and momentum.

“I am proud to strengthen and solidify the company’s executive lineup,” said Dr. Farouk Shami, chairman and founder of Farouk Systems. “These changes reflect my unwavering confidence in their ability to further maximize the growth potential of the company. With their business acumen, I know they will drive collaboration and innovation to shape the future of Farouk Systems.”

The company said the team members will develop and execute Farouk Systems’ short-term and long-term strategy to increase market share, grow revenue and develop the company’s organizational profile.


Lisa Marie Garcia named president of professional at Farouk Systems

Lisa Marie Garcia is a board certified master colorist and entrepreneur who branched out beyond her successful salons in Austin to join Farouk Systems in 1986.

Her latest transition to president of professional at Farouk Systems will be essential in further focusing in developing professional business strategies. Her dynamic leadership spearheading the company’s portfolio of brands — CHI, BioSilk, CHI Footwear and Beyond Glow Skincare by CHI — will help her accelerate the fast-growing beauty professional segments and markets, the company said.


Farah Faulkner appointed to president of retail at Farouk Systems

Farah Faulkner is an inclusive leader, with incredible passion and deep beauty expertise, the company said. She has been pivotal in leading and executing multi-market sales initiatives to bolster Farouk Systems’ top-line and bottom-line growth.

Faulkner has served in several roles during her 16-year career, including vice president of chains and president of professional sales, where she spearheaded international business across markets in the United States, Canada and Mexico.


Paula Malloy named president of chains at Farouk Systems

Paula Malloy is an accomplished beauty industry professional who joins Farouk Systems as the president of chains. Malloy brings a strong tenure of working in the beauty industry and has an impressive track record of delivering effective strategies that lift sales performance in competitive markets, the company said.

Prior to Farouk Systems, she had various senior executive roles, including vice president of salon support & merchandising at HC Salon Holdings. She was also part of the leadership team at JCPenney’s Salon division, with its 950 locations nationwide, as the divisional vice president and division merchandising manager.

Malloy will report to Dr. Farouk Shami, chairman and founder of Farouk Systems.


Richard Rivas appointed senior vice president of marketing at Farouk Systems

Richard Rivas, a beauty industry veteran with over 12 years of multichannel marketing, branding and deep digital experience, is known for leading the transformation of global brands, the company said.

Rivas joins Farouk Systems from TONI&GUY USA, where he served as the vice president of marketing leading an integrated approach across all communication efforts.

“His innovative beauty marketing prowess and high-impact leadership also led him to work under the L’Oréal banner with L’Oréal Paris and the global marketing teams of Redken and Pureology,” the company said. “There he was given the opportunity to manage partnerships with E! Entertainment, Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), Style Network, Telemundo and BET.”

Rivas will report directly to Dr. Farouk Shami, founder and chairman of Farouk Systems.

Morris & Dickson adds new chief commercial officer

Independent full-line pharmaceutical distributor Morris & Dickson has announced the hiring of Jason Hanks as its chief commercial officer to lead the procurement function for the company.

Hanks is a 26-year industry veteran who brings extensive experience in finance and procurement, the company said. Prior to joining M&D, Hanks was chief commercial officer at Granules Pharmaceuticals since 2018. He has had various leadership roles at McKesson, National Oncology Alliance and Oncology Therapeutics Network.

“Morris & Dickson has a stellar reputation in the pharmaceutical industry,” Hanks said. “We are already hard at work making major investments in product procurement and adding resources to bolster our capabilities with our trading partners.” 

Additionally, Morris & Dickson has added Mike VanderPol as generic drugs category leader. The 27-year veteran will oversee operations and personnel within the generics channel. Prior to joining M&D, VanderPol worked in senior positions at Comprehensive Pharmacy Services, Smith Drug, Walgreens and Rexam PLC/Owen-Illinois.

“It’s an honor to lead a company that plays such a crucial role in our healthcare system and has an unparalleled track record of success,” said CEO Jody Hatcher. “Our recent moves with new hires, expansion plans and new company branding all enhance M&D’s unique value to our health system, independent pharmacy and specialty pharmacy customers.”

NCPA names Ken Thai 2022 independent pharmacist of the year

The National Community Pharmacists Association and Upsher-Smith Laboratories have announced that Khanh-Long (Ken) Thai, PharmD, owner and operator of 986 Degrees, the winner of the 2022 National Community Pharmacists Association Willard B. Simmons Independent Pharmacist of the Year award.

Thai received the award on Oct. 2 at NCPA’s 124th Annual Convention in Kansas City, Mo.

Named in honor of Willard B. Simmons, a former executive secretary of NCPA (then known as the National Association of Retail Druggists) and a longtime trustee of the NCPA Foundation, the annual award is given to a pharmacist who exhibits exemplary professional leadership, service to community and commitment to independent pharmacy. 

Thai is a longtime advocate for community independent pharmacists, and he demonstrates this commitment through his service on several legislative committees including the NCPA State Legislative Committee and California Pharmacists Association Legislative Committee, the association said.

He is a leader who has proven his dedication to advancing the field of independent pharmacy through his teachings at the college level and public policy development, and exemplifies what makes independent pharmacies so valuable to local communities. Thai is not only CEO and a member of the board of directors of 986 Degrees, he also owns and operates multiple 986 Pharmacy locations throughout Southern California and Nevada. The pharmacies specialize in retail, long-term care, compounding, infusion and specialty medication.

“Ken is an accomplished leader whose passion for helping patients, sharing knowledge and engaging in policy dialogue makes him a deserving recipient of this year’s Willard B. Simmons Independent Pharmacist of the Year Award,” said B. Douglas Hoey, NCPA CEO and pharmacist. “We applaud the work Ken has done to advance the future of independent pharmacy and are thankful to Upsher-Smith for its continued support in recognizing commendable pharmacists like him.”

Scotch Porter adds to its executive leadership team

Grooming and wellness brand Scotch Porter announced the growth of its executive leadership team, which includes four new hires and the promotion of a senior marketing executive.

The executive hires are an extension of the company’s focus on scaling brand operations as a part of its overall growth and omnichannel expansion strategy, the company said.

Aldwiny Beauport named director of finance at Scotch Porter

Beauport brings more than 20 years of finance and accounting experience in retail, luxury goods and beauty, most recently at the multicultural beauty brand Urban Therapy. In her role, she will manage the overall P&L, oversee day-to-day fiscal management, and focus on enhancing financial analysis and reporting to inform better decision-making.

Carel Hearon appointed to vice president of growth at Scotch Porter

Hearon brings over two decades of experience leading direct-to-consumer e-commerce and performance marketing at companies like LVMH, Drybar, Lolë Brands and Every Man Jack. Her strategic and tactical expertise in driving acquisition and retention strategies for sustainable, clean/nontoxic products will be a catalyst for Scotch Porter’s growth across all digital channels.

Brian Murray named vice president of supply chain at Scotch Porter

Murray brings over two decades of global manufacturing, logistics and product development expertise, with a strong focus on the beauty and personal care industry. His experience with brands like Kenra and DevaCurl will significantly support the development and future-proofing of Scotch Porter’s global supply chain strategy and manufacturing footprint.

Shelby Wong appointed as vice president of sales at Scotch Porter

Wong brings a wealth of industry experience and knowledge of the North American retail landscape from his tenure at L’Oreal, Sundial Brands and Grace Beauty. With his broad skill set in sales, sales strategy, shopper marketing and brand building, Wong will oversee the national and international retail, channel and category expansion of Scotch Porter.

Additionally, Scotch Porter recently announced the strategic hire of beauty executive Christian Chopra as president of the brand. Chopra spearheads the brand development and scaling of the company, is responsible for ensuring operational excellence, overseeing all key functions in the business, and driving both top-line and bottom-line growth. Moreover, longtime senior marketing executive at Scotch Porter, Aleesha Worthington, was promoted to vice president of brand.

“In this next phase of growth for Scotch Porter, it was crucial for us to hit the ground running with scaling brand operations to truly move our mission forward,” said Calvin Quallis, founder and CEO of Scotch Porter. “We are proud to have collectively onboarded six executives to our executive leadership team, whose individual insight, skills and talents will play a pivotal role in advancing Scotch Porter’s success.”

Inmar Intelligence names Spencer Baird as CEO

Applied data platform company Inmar Intelligence announced that Spencer Baird has been officially appointed as the new CEO after serving as interim-CEO since April, following the retirement of David Mounts.

Baird assumed the new role on Sept. 22, 2022.

“It is a privilege to lead this company, serve alongside this great team and together work hard to exceed the expectations of our customers,” Baird said. “Our top priority will be focused on addressing our customers’ needs in ways that deliver meaningful results. As we do this, I am convinced that this will create great career opportunities for our associates and set the stage for an exciting innovation agenda. OMERS has been a great partner over the last two years since I joined Inmar, and more recently, throughout this transition. I am grateful for their partnership and support on the mission ahead.”

The company said Baird is uniquely experienced to lead Inmar in this next chapter, having built an impressive career in leadership roles in grocery retail, e-commerce and consumer packaged goods for many of the best-known retail and CPG companies such as HJ Heinz, The Dannon Company, Kellogg Company and Ahold Delhaize.

“Spencer Baird is an experienced, strategic executive, and since joining the Inmar team, he has proven to be a strong leader who can guide the business into the next phase of its growth and evolution,” said Geoff Bird, managing director of OMERS Private Equity. “With the full support of the Inmar team and the board, we are confident Spencer will be successful in his role as CEO and are excited about the prospects for Inmar.”

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