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Sealed Air relocates HQ to N.C. from N.J.

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Charlotte, N.C. will be home to the new global headquarters of Sealed Air Corp., as the global packaging company opens a state-of-the art, environmentally-sustainable campus to house its research and development facilities and corporate offices.

The $7.7 billion company said over the course of the next three years it will relocated roughly 1,300 jobs to North Carolina from its existing headquarters in Elmwood Park, N.J., and other facilities nationwide. Sealed Air employs roughly 25,000 people and is known for brands such as Cryovac, Bubble Wrap and Diversey.

“We are confident Charlotte will provide a great environment for us to operate and grow our business moving forward. This move will contribute to a stronger, one-company culture that will enable greater collaboration, efficiencies, and better use of our investments in people and new technologies,” said Jerome A. Peribere, president and CEO of Sealed Air.

Sealed Air will continue to maintain manufacturing in its Saddle Brook, N.J. and Danbury, Conn., facilities, as well as certain operations in Duncan, S.C. The Company’s Simpsonville and Seneca, South Carolina sites will also continue their manufacturing operations.

“We considered numerous criteria in making our decision.” said Peribere. “We believe Charlotte’s many attributes, including its solid economy and its reputation for business friendliness, technology and innovation, make it an ideal place for our employees to live and work.”

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Amazon expands prime music selection

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Amazon has added hundreds of thousands of songs and hundreds of new, expert-programmed Prime Playlists to its Prime Music catalog.

The newly added selection includes songs from artists new to the Prime Music catalog, as well as additional tracks from artists already in it, such as David Guetta, Al Green, Miles Davis, Kendrick Lamar, Linkin Park, Shakira, Deadmau5, Ella Fitzgerald, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Neil Young, DJ Snake & Lil Jon, Young the Giant, A$AP Rocky, Elvis, Oasis, Kacey Musgraves, Ray Charles, Panic! at the Disco, Wyclef Jean, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Skrillex and John Coltrane.

Meanwhile, Prime Playlists include “Upbeat Indie Vibes,” “Electronic Beats for Work,” “Rainy Day Jazz,” “Jack White and More,” “Bass Drops and Fist-Pumps” and “Justin Timberlake’s Top Songs.”

“The response we’ve had to Prime Music has far exceeded our expectations and we’re excited to make Prime Music even more valuable for Prime members,” said Steve Boom, VP of digital music for Amazon. “Prime Music was introduced just a little more than a month ago and we’ve already significantly expanded the Prime Music catalog. Prime members have been telling us how much they love Prime Playlists, so we’re also pleased to offer hundreds of great new playlists to make it easier to enjoy the best of Prime Music.”

Prime Music launched on June 12, giving millions of U.S. Prime members unlimited, ad-free access to more than a million songs at no additional cost to their membership. Prime Music is the latest benefit of Amazon Prime and joins unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 20 million items, unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of popular movies and TV episodes through Prime Instant Video and access to more than 500,000 books to borrow for free with the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

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Timberland taps new brand president

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Timberland has elevated Stewart Whitney to brand president, effective Oct. 5. Whitney, who has led Timberland’s growth in the Asia Pacific region since 2008, will report to Patrik Frisk, who has held the position since the brand’s 2011 acquisition by VF Corporation and was promoted to coalition president, Outdoor Americas for VF, in April.

Whitney is currently VP and managing director for the Timberland and Napapijri brands in Asia. During his tenure, Timberland’s Asia business has more than doubled, the company said. Whitney began his career with Timberland in 2000 as part of the global marketing team, focused on the Timberland PRO business, which serves the industrial and commercial markets. In the eight years that followed, his responsibilities expanded to include leadership roles in product, sales and ultimately general management. A native of Michigan, Whitney and his family will relocate from Hong Kong to New Hampshire this fall.

“Stewart’s 14-year tenure at Timberland, balanced leadership style and brand perspective are uniquely positioned to help drive sustainable, long-term growth,” said Frisk. “While in Asia, he’s led the significant expansion of our direct-to-consumer footprint in a way that showcases the breadth of our product offerings and aligns with our consumer — all while ensuring Timberland’s unique values and culture have thrived within our Asian team. We’re excited to welcome Stewart to the brand’s top position, and look forward to his many contributions as the Timberland brand enters into its next chapter of growth.”

Replacing Whitney in Asia will be John Gearing, who joined VF’s Asia Pacific business in 2011 and has most recently served as VP and managing director, direct to consumer and multi-channel development. Gearing’s new role is VP and managing director, Timberland and Sportswear VF, Asia Pacific.

Additionally, Timberland announced further promotions to support the brand in its mission to be the world’s largest outdoor lifestyle brand. Timberland veteran Lisa Demarkis, previously global VP of footwear, assumes a newly created role of global VP of product, overseeing footwear and apparel product creation. Chris Pawlus, senior global creative director has been promoted to VP, global product creative director and will now oversee both footwear and apparel. And Jeff Thompson, VP, global footwear product development, is promoted to VP of footwear, with responsibility for product management, development, engineering, materials and costing. Combined, these three leaders have nearly 50 years of Timberland experience.

“To empower the significant growth ahead for the Timberland brand, we need to connect with our end consumer from head to toe,” added Frisk. “These promotions enhance our ability to deliver authentic, trend-right footwear and apparel collections that resonate around the world. This is the next generation of Timberland, and I can’t imagine a more passionate or talented team to get us there.”

Timberland is a brand of VF Corporation (VFC).

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