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Biggart joins Fortune Brands

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Fortune Brands Home & Security named Robert K. Biggart as senior VP, general counsel and corporate secretary.

Biggart brings 29 years of corporate law experience from PepsiCo, where he held senior legal roles across most of its business units and global geographic regions. Since 2001, he served in a general counsel role for various business units with a proven track record in commercial legal affairs, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures. Biggart assumes his duties, as appointed by the board of directors, on Dec. 16, 2013, and will report to Christopher Klein, CEO, Fortune Brands Home & Security.

“Bob Biggart brings a wealth of global business and legal experience in a large consumer-focused company that aligns well with our business and growth strategies,” Klein said. “He will be a key addition to our senior team that remains focused on leveraging our structural competitive advantages to deliver profitable growth and using our strong balance sheet, capital structure and free cash flow to drive shareholder value. I’m thrilled to welcome him to our organization.”

Previous general counsel roles at PepsiCo business units include PepsiCo Worldwide Beverages, PepsiCo Americas Beverages and PepsiCo Latin America Food & Beverage — as well as legal affairs for the Pepsi-Cola, Tropicana and Gatorade brands — encompassing more than 150 countries. His key accomplishments also include successful acquisitions and divestitures of national brands and companies and global joint ventures for the beverage and bottling businesses.

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Best e-gifts? Safe Electricity makes suggestions

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Safe Electricity, an Energy Education Council organization, has put out its list of top five safety-oriented gift picks for the year, encouraging retailers to stock their shelves with pragmatic products this holiday season.

"The holidays are a time to let people know how much you care about them," said Molly Hall, executive director of the Energy Education Council and its Safe Electricity program. "A practical gift that helps keep loved ones safe continues to say ‘I care about you’ long after the holidays."

The non-brand-specific list includes:

  • Appliance timers with safety turn-offs for those with a habit of leaving hot appliances on
     
  • Portable/extension cord GFCIs for detecting and preventing shocks
     
  • Tamper-resistant outlets or outlet plugs to protect young children
     
  • Non-contact voltage testers that can detect the presence of voltage without the need to touch any bare wires
     
  • Power/smart strips to help prevent surges and fires

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