NACDS honors Katz’s Giancamilli and Unilever’s Brown

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PALM BEACH, Fla. — Andy Giancamilli and Jerry Brown have been recognized with the chain pharmacy industry’s highest honors.

Giancamilli, who retired this year as chief executive officer of Katz Group Canada Ltd. and was a past chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, received NACDS’ Sheldon W. Fantle Lifetime Achievement Award.

Brown, former vice president for industry and customer development at Unilever, received the association’s Robert B. Begley Award.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 1989 to recognize exceptional accomplishments and contributions to the industry. It was renamed in 1996 in honor of Sheldon (Bud) Fantle of Peoples Drug Stores.

Giancamilli joined Perry Drug Stores in Michigan as a pharmacist. He worked for more than 35 years at Perry, rising to the positions of president and chief operating officer.

Giancamilli joined Katz in 2003 as chief executive officer, and became CEO of Snyders Drug Stores, a Katz chain, in 2004.

The Begley Award, established in 1980, is named for the former NACDS chairman. It honors an individual who possesses qualities of great personal warmth, generous spirit and longtime service to the industry.

Following his service as an Army officer during the Vietnam War, Brown joined Johnson & Johnson in 1972. He joined Chesebrough-Pond’s (now Unilever) in 1980, holding several positions.

In 1998 he became vice president and the leader of the industry and customer development team for Unilever Home and Personal Care, and he served in this capacity until his retirement at the end of last year.

“Andy Giancamilli and Jerry Brown are two of the industry’s finest leaders, each playing an important role in the evolution of retail pharmacy over the last four decades,” commented NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. “They each leave behind a legacy of commitment and passion to their companies and the industry, and we are honored to commemorate them with chain pharmacy’s highest honors.”


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