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Weight Watchers appoints new HR chief

BY CSA STAFF

NEW YORK — Weight Watchers International has named Ann Hollins as the company’s chief human resources officer. Hollins will report to president and CEO Jim Chambers and will serve as a member of the Weight Watchers executive committee.

Hollins replaces Meredith Shepherd, who left the company in May after 11 years.

"As a seasoned HR leader with a deep background in strategy, Ann brings the right combination of strategic business partner mindset, broad HR experience and demonstrated team-building skills," said Chambers. "As we transform our organization to meet the challenges and capitalize on the opportunities before us, Ann’s capabilities in talent planning and organizational development will be invaluable. She will lead our efforts to re-shape our culture to one of empowered decision-making, action and accountability across all levels."

Hollins has more than 20 years of experience across a broad range of industries, including retail, energy, beverage and manufacturing. Most recently, she spent seven years at Hess Corporation, a leading global energy company, where she held leadership positions in multiple human resources functional areas, including her most recent role as VP, global chief diversity and inclusion officer. Before assuming that position, she was the VP, global chief learning and development officer and VP, human resources for the marketing and refining division. Prior to Hess, Hollins held senior roles at Tyco International, D&B Corporation and PepsiCo.

"It’s an honor to join Weight Watchers where I will be engaging with a global organization of highly talented and passionate colleagues who have built a world class brand," said Hollins. "I’m inspired by the mission of the company, particularly at this critical moment in the fight against obesity. And I am thrilled about the opportunity to help drive the transformation of a business with such a strong heritage and tremendous growth potential."

Hollins has a master’s degree in business administration from New York University Stern School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Iowa.

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Former Groupon exec joins Social Reality board

BY CSA STAFF

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Social Reality, a developer of platforms for social and digital advertising, has elected Malcolm CasSelle to the company’s board of directors.

Most recently, CasSelle was the CEO of Mediapass, a company that provides paywall technologies to enterprise content publishers. Prior to Mediapass he was the CEO of Xfire, an online gaming social platform. He also launched and built Groupon operations as part of its joint venture in China with Tencent where his responsibilities on the executive team included sales, marketing, operations and the P&L.

"Social Reality has a strong offering to brand advertisers who wish to target the growing audience of customers who spend their time on social media. I look forward to bringing my expertise to the company as they enter their next stage of growth," said CasSelle.

"There are not many entrepreneurs who have had the chance to scale companies from small teams to thousands of people, and Malcolm has done that. We are looking forward to leveraging his expertise with fast growing technology companies as we continue to grow our business," said Christopher Miglino, CEO and co-founder of Social Reality.

CasSelle received his BS in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his masters in computer science from Stanford.

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JLL takes on five new retail assignments

BY Michael Fickes

Chicago — Jones Lang LaSalle Retail has announces five new retail assignments. They are:

• Tenant representation services for Pure Barre, a growing fitness franchise.

• Leasing and management for the 802,275-sq.-ft. Coventry mall in Pennsylvania.

• Leasing assignment for an 11-building 817,000-sq.-ft. portfolio of strip centers in SoCal.

• Leasing for a 12-building, 165,100-sq.-ft. portfolio of street-level retail space in New York City on behalf of Equity Residential Management.

• Leasing, development and management for The Shops at Focal Point at Saint Anthony Hospital, a planned 233,000-sq.-ft. healthcare and community center in Chicago.

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