ORIGINS CHANGES: The Estée Lauder Cos. has promoted four executives in its Origins Natural Resources brand.

Jenny Belknap, who was executive director of global marketing, has been named vice president of global marketing. In her new role, Belknap reports to Daria Myers, president of Origins, and oversees all marketing initiatives for Origins across all distribution channels. Belknap, who began her career at Lauder in 1995 when she joined Estée Lauder International, joined Origins in 2003 as global marketing director. Sandra Boccieri has been appointed vice president of global education and special events for Origins, a new position. Boccieri was previously vice president of sales for department stores. Succeeding Boccieri is Mary LaCasse, formerly West Coast regional marketing director for Origins, and taking over for LaCasse is Dana Martin, who has been an account executive at Origins for nine years.

OLAY FRIENDS: Olay and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery have teamed up with "Desperate Housewives" actress Marcia Cross to promote a free skin cancer screening program next month called Skin Cancer Takes Friends. The program encourages people to bring friends to participating dermatologic surgeons for screenings and will be promoted with a national print ad campaign in Shape magazine. Cross will appear in in-store visuals and on the Web site skincancertakesfriends.org, designed to boost further awareness of the program.

BOOTS BIZ: If their takeover deal for Alliance Boots goes through, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Stefano Pessina said they will expand the retailer's store portfolio and invest in existing locations.

As reported, AB Acquisitions, the takeover vehicle created by KKR and Pessina, earlier this week won the bidding war for Alliance Boots.

In a regulatory announcement issued by AB Acquisitions on Thursday, the consortium also said it will review acquisition opportunities in Europe and in emerging markets, such as Asia and Latin America. In addition, it aims to accelerate the speed at which it will brand all of its retail doors under the Boots label.

AB Acquisitions also attempted to assuage fears that a private equity-backed takeover bid means job cuts and store closures.

"I have partnered with KKR because we share a long-term vision for the group," said Pessina, Alliance Boots' executive deputy chairman and biggest shareholder. "Our investment horizon spans many years, and we believe that we can justify the price that we have paid by the fact that we are taking a long-term view. Our strategy is about growth and investing for growth and contains no new plans for short-term cost-cutting; to achieve growth you need more people, not fewer."As reported, Alliance Boots' board has recommended AB Acquisitions' per-share bid of 11.39 pounds, or $22.67 at current exchange.

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