BOOTS ANNIVERSARY: Boots has outlined some of its plans for the future. The health-and-beauty retailer looks to expand distribution of its Boots Laboratories skin care brand to additional markets following launches in pharmacies in France and Portugal. More Boots stores are also in the works in the Republic of Ireland and Thailand. A Boots Apotek format is planned for Norway and a trial of the format will hit The Netherlands. Boots, which operates 13 pharmacies in Waitrose supermarkets, will begin trialing some of its products in the chain’s doors this spring. Conversely, Boots will also start stocking some Waitrose items.

L’OCCITANE APPOINTMENT: L’Occitane has named Evangelia “Leela” Petrakis managing director for L’Occitane U.S. Petrakis was most recently general manager of Johnson & Johnson’s Neutrogena brand. In her new role, Petrakis will be responsible for leading the future expansion of L’Occitane in the U.S., the firm stated. Prior to joining J&J in November 2006, Petrakis spent 13 years in the beauty industry at brands such as Clairol, Avon, Revlon, L’Oréal Paris and Maybelline.

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