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Market Performance Group

Wholesalers give overlooked channel pivotal support

Wholesalers give overlooked channel pivotal support

NEW YORK — There is no question that consumer shopping behavior is forcing brick-and-mortar retailers, e-commerce providers and consumer packaged goods companies to look for new growth opportunities and ways of providing differentiated shopping and brand experiences. One channel that is growing, and often overlooked, is the independent pharmacy channel, at over 22,000 stores strong.

MPG adds veteran Bayer executive Girard Smith

MPG adds veteran Bayer executive Girard Smith

PRINCETON, N.J. — Longtime Bayer Consumer Health executive Girard Smith has joined consulting and sales services firm Market Performance Group (MPG) as executive vice president. MPG said Smith will serve as a member of its leadership team and as a client lead. “We are thrilled that Girard has chosen to bring his expertise and long

MPG teams up with e-commerce specialist IdeoClick

MPG teams up with e-commerce specialist IdeoClick

PRINCETON, N.J. — Market Performance Group (MPG) has formed a strategic partnership with IdeoClick Inc., a Seattle-based provider of e-commerce management solutions. MPG said Thursday that the partnership will enable it to add best-in-class e-commerce capabilities to its current suite of go-to-market, category and brand leadership, and sales services capabilities. IdeoClick provides leading tools and services

Elizabeth Arden executive George Cleary joins MPG

Elizabeth Arden executive George Cleary joins MPG

PRINCETON, N.J. — Market Performance Group (MPG) has hired George Cleary as managing partner and general manager of its consulting and sales services businesses. MPG said Monday that Cleary, most recently president of global fragrances for Elizabeth Arden, brings more than 25 years of sales, marketing, and general management experience and will report to MPG

Industry mourns passing of MPG’s John Westling Sr.

Industry mourns passing of MPG’s John Westling Sr.

PRINCETON, N.J. — Retail industry veteran and former Walmart executive John Westling Sr., president of sales services at Market Performance Group (MPG), passed away on Monday. He was 60. Westling joined MPG as president of sales services in April 2013 after running his own consulting firm serving consumer packaged goods (CPG) retailers and manufacturers for

Retailers and suppliers: It’s a partnership

Retailers and suppliers: It’s a partnership

NEW YORK — The increasing complexity of today’s consumer is making it ever more difficult to tailor stores to shoppers, retailers and suppliers said at the 2016 Chain Drug Review Category Management ­Roundtable in Manhattan. Conducted in tandem with Market Performance Group (MPG), the roundtable featured 20 executives representing the retailer and supplier viewpoints. Panelists

MPG hires Downey as executive VP

MPG hires Downey as executive VP

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J. — Consumer packaged goods industry veteran Mike Downey has joined Market Performance Group (MPG) as executive vice president. The consulting and sales services firm said Tuesday that Downey will serve as an MPG client lead, providing strategic management for a targeted portfolio of food and beverage clients and partnering with them to

MPG names head of consulting

MPG names head of consulting

PRINCETON, N.J. — Market Performance Group (MPG) has hired Alison Chaltas as head of consulting. The sales management and strategy consulting firm said Monday that Chaltas brings more than 25 years of shopper marketing and category management experience to MPG. Chaltas started her career in the field at Procter & Gamble and then joined Meridian Consulting

Former Merck executive joins MPG

Former Merck executive joins MPG

PRINCETON, N.J. — Former Merck executive Rhonda Johnson has joined consulting company Market Performance Group (MPG) as executive vice president and client lead. Johnson was Merck Customer Care’s U.S. Region chief customer officer. “MPG has gained a great resource and leader in Rhonda,” said Marc Greenberger, the company’s managing partner. “She’s a dynamic, seasoned executive

MPG founding partner Toohey to retire

MPG founding partner Toohey to retire

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J. — Market Performance Group (MPG) announced that founding partner Tim Toohey is retiring and that the company has named two new members to its advisory board. MPG said Tuesday that Toohey is retiring to pursue other business and personal interests but will continue to contribute his knowledge and consulting expertise as a