The NACDS Annual Meeting introduced a host of new people to old places, as well as familiar ones to new posts.

At Revlon's annual gala, held Friday evening, April 20, the beauty firm introduced retailers to its two new celebrity spokeswomen, starlet Jessica Alba and "Entourage" actress Beau Garret. The two women, who co-star in the upcoming film "Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer," replace former Revlon spokeswomen Julianne Moore and Susan Sarandon. They seem to signal a bid for a younger consumer, post-Vital Radiance. Revlon discontinued Vital Radiance, a cosmetics line tailored for older women, last fall, less than a year after its launch. Alba and Garret, along with the rest of Revlon's star stable — Halle Berry, Eva Mendes and Elaine Irwin-Mellencamp — also attended the soiree. The gaggle of celebrities stayed to watch a private performance by fellow Revlon frontwoman Sheryl Crow, who is the face of Revlon Colorist, a hair color line. During her opening set, Crow declared, "My hair already looks fabulous, thanks to Revlon. Now I need a lip gloss that my hair won't get stuck in."

The annual meeting also was the official debut of NACDS' new president and chief executive officer, Steven C. Anderson. Anderson is new to the drugstore industry, but well versed in association matters, having been president and ceo of the National Restaurant Association.

Among the manufacturer attendees were several industry veterans who are now heading new ventures, including Paul Nunnari, formerly of Johnson & Johnson, who is now helping King of Shaves, a U.K. shaving brand, expand its U.S. presence. Other changes on the manufacturer side include the appointment of Bill Graham as vice president of sales and trade development at Beiersdorf. He previously held positions at Unilever and Bristol Myers Squibb. And, Pete Colombia left White Rain last month to join Lornamead, overseeing sales.

There has also been movement in the executive ranks of several retailers.

At Walgreens, Kathy Steirly, vice president and general merchandise manager for beauty and fashion, will once again oversee categories she had originally managed, including hair care. Walgreens' David Van Howe has been named vice president of purchasing, replacing Robert Kral. Chong Bang, who joined Walgreens in 2004, will fill Van Howe's previous role as divisional vice president and general merchandise manager of health and wellness.The meeting was the last Michel Coutu would attend as president and ceo of Brooks-Eckerd Pharmacy, now that the drugstore chain has been acquired by Rite Aid. Coutu, who will join Rite Aid's board as co-chairman, referred to the meeting as "the passing of the baton." He said, "It's important for us to transfer a great asset to Rite Aid." The deal is expected to close by the end of May.

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