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November 26, 2007 | Lisa Girion, Times Staff Writer
In his corner office, Mr. Botox looked his age. He hadn't had a shot of botulinum toxin in a while, and the furrow between his brows was back. "You would never know I'm really 75 years old," David E.I. Pyott said, trotting out a well-worn joke that he likes to make "because of who I am." He's the man who made a muscle-controlling poison the most fashionable weapon against aging. And he's really 54. When Allergan Inc. hired him as chief executive in 1998, it was generating annual revenue of $1.
When Nike Inc. recently saw that it was going to have a terrible quarter, the apparel giant seemed to disavow its famous "Just do it" marketing slogan. Instead, Nike just blamed its software. The dramatic earnings shortfall was largely due to the failure of its costly new "supply chain" software, the company said. When it works, such software comprehensively manages orders, manufacturing and inventory, and sends the final product to market.
October 31, 2011 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
British television producer Mark Burnett turned program financing on its head a decade ago when he brought brands like Doritos and Mountain Dew as sponsors into the expensive, prime-time reality series "Survivor," helping to defray costs. "Survivor" is considered a watershed in paid product placements, opening the floodgates to a projected $2.75 billion in spending this year on such shows as "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," WWE's "Monday Night Raw," "American Idol" and "Celebrity Apprentice.
December 12, 1991
In 1969, when TRW Inc. branched out into credit reporting from its base in space, defense and auto parts, American consumers owed something on the order of $131 billion. For a company already fluent in computer language, whose satellites would be able to read the license plate on a car in Red Square, logic dictated it could also easily keep track of whether Americans paid their bills on time.
September 17, 2000
I found "Albertson's Still Finding Its Footing in California" [Sept. 10] interesting, but not very surprising. I shopped at Lucky for more than 10 years because its employees were always friendly and helpful, the store brands (Lucky and Lady Lee) were as good or better than the national brands, and its prices were indeed lower overall. When Albertson's Inc. took over and renamed the stores Albertsons, it got rid of the employees, stocked its own store brands, which aren't as good, and raised the prices.
Egg City in Moorpark, once the world's largest chicken ranch, won a labor victory Friday when a state board upheld a 1986 vote by the farm's employees to end representation by the United Farm Workers. "We're delighted that the vote the people made has been upheld, and we hope the facility will be able to move forward," said Richard Carrot, one of Egg City's owners. The State Agricultural Labor Relations Board's decision affirmed the findings made in June by an administrative judge.
March 26, 1990 | From Reuters
Avon Products Inc., the embattled cosmetics giant that has been trying to fight off uninvited overtures, said today that it has agreed to nominate two directors proposed by unwanted suitor Chartwell Associates LP to its board. Chartwell, an investment group that includes much smaller rival Mary Kay Cosmetics, oil heir Gordon Getty and the Fisher real estate family of New York, previously said it would make a bid for Avon if the group's candidates were elected to Avon's board.
April 25, 1997 | PENNY AREVALO
Art teacher Bruce Kanegai received the greatest compliment from one of his students not too long ago. She said he taught her mother 20 years ago at Simi Valley High School, and she considers him the best teacher she ever had. "That's what it's all about," Kanegai said. Perhaps the second-greatest compliment came this week when Amgen Inc. named Kanegai one of five recipients of its annual Amgen Award for Teacher Excellence. The prize comes with a $10,000 prize.
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