WALGREEN NAMES NEW CEO: David Bernauer, president of Walgreen Co., will become chief executive officer for the drugstore chain, effective Jan. 9, succeeding Daniel Jorndt, the company’s current ceo and chairman. According to the company, Jorndt will continue as the company’s chairman and Bernauer will retain his title of president. Bernauer started his career with Walgreen as a pharmacist in 1967 after graduating from North Dakota State University. After holding various store-management positions, he became a district manager in 1979 and regional vice president in 1987. He was promoted to vice president and treasurer in 1990; vice president of purchasing and merchandising in 1992, and vice president and chief information officer in 1994. He was elected president and chief operating officer in January 1999.
THE BALM: Acqua Di Parma is launching Colonia After Shave Balm, a splash that causes the active principles in the formula — citrus and aloe — to immediately react on contact with the skin. Scented with the classic Colonia fragrance, the Balm’s aloe extracts aid in the healing of small cuts and abrasions caused by shaving, while natural citrus oils provide a re-elasticising action without being greasy. The Colonia After Shave Balm will be available September in an 85-ml. frosted bottle at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. It will retail for $55.
SENORA FRIZZ-EASE: Latin crooner Jaci Velasquez has just signed on as the Latin face of John Frieda Frizz-Ease. The singer of Mexican and Spanish descent will appear in both print and TV spots for Frizz-Ease starting this month. Velasquez earned a Grammy nomination for best Latin pop performance for her debut album Llegar a Ti.
HIGH BROW: To meet the demand for his services, eyebrow guru Ramy Gafni, of Ramy Beauty Therapy, is extending his face time at his Bergdorf Goodman counter to include Wednesdays and Saturdays, in additional to his usual Friday gig. Gafni, a law school dropout, cancer survivor and philanthropist, charges $45 for an eyebrow consultation and tweezing.
Because of his experiences with cancer, Gafni has created a limited-edition Sheer Joy! Lip Kit to raise funds for the Young Survival Coalition. It features a sheer red lipstick and a sable lip brush and will retail for $25 starting in September.
SIMS JOINS COVER GIRL: Cover Girl has expanded its spokesmodel lineup with MTV House of Style host Molly Sims. Sims, who is expected to make her first Cover Girl appearance later this year, joins Niki Taylor, Brandy, Faith Hill, Angela Lindvall, Jessica White, Tasha Tilberg and Ines Rivero.
GARNIER TAPS HOLMES: Katie Holmes has been named the new spokesmodel for Garnier’s new Lumia brightening color creme. The actress, known best for her portrayal of Joey Potter on Dawson’s Creek, turned her brunette tresses golden copper brown — with the help of Ginger Petals No. 54 — for TV spots that began airing Monday. Garnier Lumia, a permanent hair color, is positioned as a hair color for consumers who want to brighten their natural hair color without a dramatic change. It retails for $6.99 in mass, drugstore and supermarket retailers.