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Hershey board chairman joins MWV as director

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MWV’s board of directors chose James Nevels as a new member, the packaging company announced Thursday.

Nevels, the 62-year-old chairman of the Philadelphia-based investment advisory firm The Swarthmore Group and president of the Hershey Company’s board of directors, will work on MWV’s development and auditing committees. He joins the board as the company works to increase its margin goals and expand its packaging endeavors.

Before founding the Swarthmore Group in 1991, Nevels worked in investment and securities firms like Smith Barney and Prudential Bach Securities. He also serves as the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s board chairman.

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Chico’s FAS taps new SVP, CFO

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Chico’s FAS has appointed Todd E. Vogensen as SVP, CFO, replacing Pamela Knous, who has left the company.

Prior to his appointment as CFO, Vogensen had been the company’s SVP of finance. He will report to Kent Kleeberger, who himself filled the CFO spot from 2008 to 2011 and is currently EVP, COO.

Vogensen joined the company in October 2009 as VP of planning and strategy, followed by the role of VP of investor relations before his promotion to SVP of finance. Previously, he held multiple positions of increasing scope and responsibility with Michaels from January 2005 to October 2009, including corporate controller and VP of merchandising and marketing finance. Before joining Michaels, Vogensen served as assistant corporate controller of Gap from 2003 to 2005. Vogensen has also held multiple finance management positions at Hewlett Packard Company, and he practiced as an audit manager and CPA with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

“We are pleased to promote such an outstanding financial executive. Todd’s contributions have been of significant value to our success and growth over the last five years,” said CEO and president David F. Dyer.

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Annie’s adds former Kimberly-Clark exec to board

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Annie’s, a natural and organic food company, has added Robert W. Black, a senior adviser to the Boston Consulting Group and former group president of Kimberly-Clark Corporation, to its board of directors. Black will serve as chairman of the Annie’s nominating/corporate governance committee.

"Bob brings to his role as Director extensive experience in leading large, successful consumer goods businesses and working with management and boards to deliver superior shareholder value," said Billie Ida Williamson, Annie’s lead director. "He has served as a senior executive in complex public and private businesses; and held executive management roles in marketing, operations, IT and innovation. As both a chief in-house strategist and external consultant, he has helped to transform businesses to drive rapid growth and profitability as well as enhance their future potential. We are delighted he has joined our board."

Black served in senior roles at Kimberly-Clark Corporation from 2006 to 2012. Prior to becoming group president he served as the company’s chief strategy officer, responsible for reconstituting corporate and individual business strategies, mergers and acquisitions and the leadership agenda of the executive committee, and as chief innovation officer. In each of these positions he reported to the chairman of the board.

Before he joined Kimberly-Clark, he was a director and COO of Sammons Enterprises, a privately held consumer oriented and service-based business. He also held a number of senior positions at Steelcase, including president of Steelcase International and a member of the Steelcase executive committee.

Prior to this time he served as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, and in key roles at global medical products and entrepreneurial manufacturing companies.

Currently, Black serves as a senior adviser to the Boston Consulting Group and their global clients on driving rapid growth, innovation, digital commerce, business transformation and globalization, as well as an adviser to private equity and the board of directors of Argotec LLC.

Black has served on numerous other public and private boards, including as chairman of North American Technologies Group and vice chairman of Modernform PLC. He received his masters of business administration from Harvard Business School and his bachelor of science at the University of Buffalo.

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