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Walgreens Supports Diversity at Pharmacy Schools

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Deerfield Walgreens has committed to donating more than $1 million annually to support initiatives dedicated to promoting diversity at the nation’s pharmacy schools. Each of the 111 accredited colleges of pharmacy across the country will receive $10,000 every year to aid their efforts at increasing diversity among pharmacy school students.

Today, fewer than 12% of students pursuing pharmacy degrees are minorities. With this new initiative, Walgreens hopes more students will be encouraged to consider the contributions they could make as front-line health professionals in America’s corner drug stores.

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iCongo Announces Executive Promotions

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Montreal, Quebec Irwin Kramer, Chairman and CEO of iCongo, Inc., recently announced the promotion of Steven Kramer as president of the company. Kramer will continue his responsibility as chief technology officer and will oversee driving the growth, profitability and satisfaction of iCongo’s growing staff and client base.

Concurrent with this announcement, Joshua Ostrega has been named executive VP for business operations. Ostrega will continue to oversee critical operations of the company, including QA and customer service. Domenico D’Avirro has been promoted to VP for Retail System Services, where he will be responsible for managing the growing retail systems business, including professional services and customer relations with iCongo’s retail practice. Mark Sadegursky has been appointed VP for Software Development and will continue to manage and oversee iCongo’s Software and R&D development processes and staff.

In his new role, Kramer will continue to be responsible for the long-term product and technology vision at iCongo, including corporate strategy, research and development, and product management. He will work to foster iCongo’s commitment to e-commerce software innovation.

Prior to joining iCongo, Kramer led supply chain enterprise system implementations for large retail and manufacturing companies at a leading international software company.

Ostrega spent several years working on technology and Internet software public and private financings and M&A transactions for a Canadian financial firm.

D’Avirro joined iCongo Inc. in 2006 as director of account management where he was a senior project manager for the implementation of iCongo’s B2C systems at major retailers. He is responsible for project and client management of iCongo’s retail e-commerce customers. D’Avirro has over 15 years of experience in the technology industry and a strong background in B2C applications. Prior to joining iCongo, he worked at an e-commerce software company as a senior account director managing large Fortune 500 corporate customers.

Sadegursky joined iCongo in 2001 and has held several positions, including senior systems analyst, network manager, and software manager. Prior to joining iCongo, he was involved with supply chain enterprise system implementations for large retail and manufacturing companies at a leading international software company.

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Esprit’s Chairman, Group Financial Chief Resigns

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Esprit’s Chairman, Group Financial Chief Resigns Fashion retailer Esprit Holdings said Monday that John Poon, the company’s deputy chairman, group CFO, executive director and company secretary, resigned Sunday. The company said he is leaving to pursue other interests. Paul Cheng, currently an independent non-executive director, was appointed to replace Poon as executive director. Ernst-Peter Vogel, the company’s senior VP for finance in Europe, will relocate to Hong Kong to serve as deputy chief financial officer.

Paul Cheng, currently an independent non-executive director, was appointed to replace Poon as executive director. Ernst-Peter Vogel, the company’s senior VP for finance in Europe, will relocate to Hong Kong to serve as deputy chief financial officer.

Chhoa Peck Lim Bella has been appointed as the company secretary. She joined Esprit in 2006 as group legal council and most recently held the position of senior VP, group legal and compliance.

The new appointments are effective immediately.

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