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Vitamin Shoppe names VP corporate brands

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Joe Weiss is the VP corporate brands for The Vitamin Shoppe. In this capacity, he is responsible for sourcing, innovation and branding strategy for all Vitamin Shoppe private-label brands. Weiss joined the company in 2009.

Prior to joining The Vitamin Shoppe, Weiss was senior VP merchandising at GNC, where he had overall responsibility for all product categories including all proprietary products. During his tenure at GNC he also held the positions of VP weight management and brand manager. Weiss began his career at GNC in 1992 as a sales manager. Prior to re-joining GNC in 2003, Weiss was a brand manager at Cognis, where he specialized in business development and key account management in the raw materials industry. After Cognis, he rejoined GNC as VP vitamins and herbs and assumed positions of increasing responsibility and leadership within the company.

Weiss holds a B.S. in Economics from the Pennsylvania State University, and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Pittsburgh – Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business.

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China Nepstar makes board change

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Shenzhen, China China Nepstar Chain Drugstore, the largest drugstore chain in China based on the number of directly operated stores, announced Thursday that Yongtu Long has resigned from the company’s board of directors.

Long, who cited personal reasons for resigning, had served as an independent director for two years. The resignation is effective immediately.

China Nepstar operates 2,337 stores across 67 cities in China.

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Borders names VP customer loyalty

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Ann Arbor, Mich. Borders Group said Thursday it has appointed Dan Angus as VP customer loyalty, effective Jan. 4.

Angus will lead the company’s loyalty marketing programs and initiatives, including directing the development of customer relationship marketing strategies as well as enhancing and growing the Borders Rewards loyalty program, which currently has more than 35 million members.

Angus previously served as VP customer relationship marketing, for Guitar Center.

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