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Spring Air restructures leadership

BY CSA STAFF

TAMPA, Fla. Spring Air announced that Bob Hellyer has resigned as ceo and that evp of sales Kevin Damewood and coo Steve Cumbow will jointly lead the company under a newly formed office of the chairman, reporting to the company’s board of directors.

Under the new structure, Damewood will oversee sales and marketing for the company and Cumbow will supervise finance, manufacturing, logistics and administration. The company had recently begun a chief executive search process and is in the process of speaking with several candidates from inside and out of the mattress industry for the role.  

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Walgreens throws hat into Longs buyout ring

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DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens has proposed to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Longs Drug Stores for $75 per share in cash for a total purchase price of approximately $3 billion including the assumption of debt. The offer, which is subject to standard regulatory approvals and the completion of due diligence, represents a $3.50 per share premium over the cash purchase price to be paid to Longs shareholders under the proposed acquisition by CVS/Caremark announced on Aug. 12.

“We believe the combination of Walgreens and Longs is a highly compelling transaction that is superior to the pending transaction with CVS/Caremark, accelerates Walgreens expansion into high growth markets and delivers meaningful cost synergies,” said Walgreens chairman and ceo Jeffrey Rein.

Walgreens is working with Lubert-Adler Management Company, LP and Klaff Realty, LP to address any potential store sales in connection with the transaction.

Goldman, Sachs & Co. is serving as financial advisor to Walgreens on this transaction, and Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP is serving as its legal advisor.

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Netflix, Amazon to run widgets on Yahoo!

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SUNNYVALE, Calif. Yahoo! is allowing companies like Apple and Netflix to add widgets to its pages enabling users to manage their queue of movies from those company without leaving the Yahoo! page they’re on.

According to reports, the changes, which are the first major alterations to Yahoo’s pages in more than two years, will take place over the next few months.

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