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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, December 05, 2017 1:00 am


Boutique owner wins 'Shark' meet

Staff, news services

A local entrepreneur was one of four winners in a nationwide contest to meet with “Shark Tank” investor Daymond John, according to a news release issued Monday by BELAY, the contest's sponsor. About 1,000 business owners applied for the opportunity.

On Wednesday, Jill Hite of Sugar Love Boutique will meet with John in Atlanta, where he will offer advice on growing the business at 918 Woodland Plaza Run.

The boutique sells contemporary ladies' dresses, tops, pants, purses and jewelry. Most items fall within the $30-to-$60 range.

The selection includes some sassy options. A red sweater on the retailer's website proclaims in white letters: “I'm dreaming of a wine Christmas.” A white T-shirt with black lettering says: “We tailgate harder than your team plays.”

DeKalb Health taps interim CEO

DeKalb Health has appointed Tasha Eicher to be interim CEO of the Auburn hospital. She replaces Craig Polkow, who submitted his resignation last week to accept a position with a large hospital system in southern Indiana, officials said. They didn't name the system, and Polkow's LinkedIn page hadn't been updated.

Polkow, who was hired 21/2 years ago, will remain with the organization through Dec. 31. The search for a new hospital CEO has begun, said Dr. Doug Morrow, chairman of DeKalb Health's board.

Eicher joined the hospital in September 2015. Since then, she has worked alongside the board, the CEO and other leaders to develop the hospital's strategic plan, officials said.

Tech giants share terror-image links

Big technology companies have added the digital signatures of 40,000 terrorist videos and images to a shared database as they seek to keep extremist content off their platforms.

Facebook, YouTube, Microsoft, and Twitter revealed the numbers in a joint blog post Monday. The four social media companies, part of a group called the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, announced last year they would begin sharing digital fingerprints – known as hashes – of videos they removed from their platforms for terrorism.

Under the initiative, if a company removes content from its network for violating policies around terrorism, it is logged in the shared database. Then, if someone tries to post the same content to another participating social network, the content is automatically flagged for review.

CVS deal could pay off for Aetna CEO

Aetna Chief Executive Officer Mark Bertolini could walk away with at least $88.3 million if he's terminated after CVS Health Corp. buys the insurer.

Bertolini holds equity awards valued at $71.9 million at the CVS deal's $207 offer price that would vest immediately if he's let go within two years of a transaction, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. He's also entitled to about $6.72 million in severance and had accumulated $9.72 million in deferred compensation and pension as of Dec. 31.

Aetna will operate as a standalone business within CVS and be run by members of Bertolini's team, while he will give up his executive duties and join the board of the combined entity, T.J. Crawford, a spokesman for the insurer, said in an email. He declined to comment on the compensation package.