In Brief: Avon Board Moves… Kors Gets Honor… Paul Smith To Grow at Heathrow
Avon Products Inc.'s board has nominated Gary M. Rodkin to join the board. Rodkin, president and chief executive officer of ConAgra Foods Inc., will stand for election at the beauty firm's annual shareholders meeting May 3.
AVON BOARD MOVES: Avon Products Inc.'s board has nominated Gary M. Rodkin to join the board. Rodkin, president and chief executive officer of ConAgra Foods Inc., will stand for election at the beauty firm's annual shareholders meeting May 3. He will replace Stanley C. Gault, who plans to retire from the board on May 3 after 22 years of service. Rodkin, 54, has held his current position since joining ConAgra Foods in October 2005. The company, which generates nearly $12 billion in annual revenue, has a brand portfolio that includes Healthy Choice, Orville Redenbacher's and Chef Boyardee. Prior to that, he was chairman and ceo of PepsiCo Beverages and Foods North America, and also has held posts at General Mills. Avon, which has over $8 billion in annual revenue, continues to have 10 directors on its board.
KORS GETS HONOR: Michael Kors will receive Marymount University's 2007 Designer of the Year Award. The designer will be presented with the award at the school's Portfolio in Motion 2007 student fashion show and luncheon at the Arlington, Va., campus on April 27. The show will feature jury-selected garments created by MU fashion design majors.
PAUL SMITH TO GROW AT HEATHROW: Paul Smith will join brands including Tiffany, Mulberry and Ted Baker in opening a store at London Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5, when it opens in March 2008. Smith's store will be called Globe, and will carry special items, including rare books, photographic prints and furniture alongside clothing. Smith already operates a store at Heathrow's Terminal 3. The $8.4 billion terminal will include about 216,000 square feet of retail space, and will increase Heathrow's retail portfolio by 50 percent.
PUMA ITALIA: Puma AG has extended its contract with Italy's soccer association FIGC beyond the World Cup tournament in 2014, securing sponsorship of Italy's national team, which won last year's World Cup, for Euro 2008 and the World Cup in South Africa in 2010. Puma has provided the Italian men's and women's national teams with clothing and accessories since 2003.
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