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MICHAELS TO WHITE BARN: Christiane Michaels has been named president of the White Barn Candle Co., a new post. Michaels will assume leadership of the chain, a division of Intimate Brands Inc., this month. She will report to Beth Pritchard, president and chief executive officer of Bath & Body Works. Michaels, who will be responsible for managing all aspects of White Barn’s home fragrance and decor business, was most recently president of the Waverly Lifestyle Group at F. Schumacher & Co.

CLAIROL MOVES: William Susetka, president of Clairol’s U.S. retail division, is leaving the company. According to industry sources, Susetka will be joining Avon in the new year. Susetka’s departure comes three weeks after Procter & Gamble sealed its deal on acquiring Clairol.

RAYMOND LEAVES RAIN: Gary Raymond, president of White Rain, has left the company to join Duracell as senior vice president, general manager North America. Raymond left Duracell in 1999 after a 20-year career there in order to establish White Rain, a hair care brand, as a stand-alone company. White Rain’s chief executive officer, Bruce Travis, is searching for a new president.

MARKETPLACE MAKEOVER?: The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has been holding focus group sessions looking for ways to improve its annual trade show, known as Marketplace. NACDS president Craig Fuller said the group wants to make it more attractive and more meaningful for smaller manufacturers. After the July meeting in Las Vegas, some vendors complained of too few retailer meetings.
In other news, NACDS raised $2 million at its annual charitable foundation dinner Tuesday at the Sheraton New York benefiting 21 charities, including America’s Promise and the Anti-Defamation League.

PALMA PROMOTED: Laurie Palma has been named senior vice president of fragrance and Internet marketing for Chanel. Palma joined the Chanel fragrance marketing department in 1983 and since that time has been a part of the development of a number of Chanel fragrance launches, as well as Chanel’s Internet business — including gloss.com, chanel.com and its business on macys.com.

CEW CELEBRATION: Shiseido’s Isao Isejima will be the guest of honor at Cosmetic Executive Women’s 2001 Holiday Luncheon and Auction in the Waldorf-Astoria’s grand ballroom on Dec. 18. A thousand people are expected to see Isejima, Shiseido’s chief executive officer for the Americas and Europe, honored for his work on CEW’s Cancerandcareers.org, a Web site devoted to providing an online resource for working women undergoing treatment for cancer.

DANA TAPS FERBER: New Dana Perfumes Corp. has named Carla Ferber as vice president of marketing for its fragrance division. Ferber will head up all marketing efforts for Canoe, Chantilly, Tabu, Heavens Scent and Navy. Most recently, Ferber served as group brand manager of men’s deodorants, perfumery and shaving preps at Unilever.

LABOR DAY: Belly Basics, an apparel line targeting pregnant women, is now offering beauty products for the face. A complexion mist ($14), a moisturizer ($18) and a cleansing gel ($15) are available in the company catalog, select department stores such as Bloomingdale’s and online at Bellybasics.com. A kit containing all three face products ($42) also is available. Each product contains witch hazel and chamomile and is designed to calm and balance the fluctuating hormones that affect pregnant women’s skin.

BROOKS BUYS 80 OSCOS: Brooks Pharmacy, a unit of Maxi Drug Inc., is acquiring 80 Osco Drug stores from Albertson’s Inc. for approximately $240 million. Subject to government review and approvals, the sale is expected to close January 2002. Brooks Pharmacy, headquartered in Warwick, R.I. generates annual revenue of $1 billion and operates 250 drug stores in six New England states. The acquisition brings Brooks into the Boston market and expands its presence in Southern New Hampshire.

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