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Dunkin’ Brands extends CEO contract through 2018

BY Dan Berthiaume

Canton, Mass. – Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc, the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, today announced the extension of Chairman and CEO Nigel Travis’s employment contract through December 2018. Travis, 64, whose contract previously ran through December 2016, joined Dunkin’ Brands as CEO in December 2008.

"Nigel has done an outstanding job at Dunkin’ Brands over the past five years," said Dunkin’ Brands lead director Raul Alvarez. "Since 2009, under the leadership of Nigel and his management team, Dunkin’ Brands’ nearly 100% franchised system has delivered a compounded annual growth rate of 6.2% in systemwide sales, had strong comparable store sales, added almost 3,300 net new Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants, and returned approximately $650 million to shareholders during its two-and-a-half years as a public company. Going forward, the company is well positioned for future growth, and Nigel and his team remain focused on driving franchisee profitability and delivering shareholder value."

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MinuteClinic, Main Line Health collaborate in Pennsylvania

BY Dan Berthiaume

Woonsocket, R.I. – MinuteClinic, the retail health care division of CVS Caremark and Main Line Health have signed a clinical collaboration to enhance access to healthcare services at MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Under the agreement, physicians from Main Line Health’s multi-specialty physician network, with more than 2,000 doctors, will serve as collaborating physicians for MinuteClinic locations in Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties. The collaboration will include future clinics as part of MinuteClinic’s national expansion plan to add 150 new clinics this year and reach a total of 1,500 clinics in the U.S. by 2017.

In addition, MinuteClinic and Main Line Health will collaborate on patient education and disease management initiatives and will inform patients of the services each offer. MinuteClinic and Main Line Health will begin to work toward integrating electronic medical record systems to streamline communication around all aspects of each individual’s care. With patient permission, MinuteClinic will electronically share medical histories and visit summaries with other facilities and physicians for an individual’s continuity of care.

"Main Line Health is recognized nationally for delivering high quality care and joins MinuteClinic in our commitment to bring more accessible and affordable medical services to patients in Southeastern Pennsylvania," said Andrew Sussman, M.D., president, MinuteClinic and Senior Vice President/Associate Chief Medical Officer, CVS Caremark. "We look forward to having Main Line Health physicians collaborate with MinuteClinic’s nurse practitioners to provide quality support, teaching and back-up so MinuteClinic can provide the best care at the lowest overall cost."

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Verizon adds mobile management features

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York — Verizon Enterprise Solutions has added new features to its cloud-based Mobile Workforce Manager solution and signed a resale agreement with enterprise mobility management provider MobileIron. Verizon’s Mobile Workforce Manager, previously known as Enterprise-Mobility-as-a-Service, has been enhanced with new features that securely separate users’ business and personal lives across devices and improve functionality for managing mobile applications, offering an overall simplified user experience.

Specific features include separate corporate and personal personas for data and applications that reside on a device, the ability to wrap security policies around a given application, and a single portal for an end user or administrator to make any changes to the service or to add devices.

In addition, for enterprises and organizations seeking a premise-based platform for managing mobile devices and applications, MobileIron’s portfolio can now be sold to organizations by Verizon Enterprise Solutions account representatives that are based in the U.S. Later this year, the resale agreement will be extended to Verizon clients in Europe and Asia-Pacific.

"As organizations continue to grapple with mobile device management, our cloud-based Mobile Workforce Manager solution and MobileIron’s platform are a powerful combination that will give our clients greater choice on a global platform," said John Harrobin, chief marketing officer at Verizon Enterprise Solutions.

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