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February 01, 2011

Executive Announcements

February 2011

PartyLite U.S.

Michael Norris
Michael Norris

PartyLite Worldwide announced the promotion of Michael Norris to President of PartyLite U.S.

Norris joined PartyLite last February as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, bringing nearly 20 years of experience in the direct selling industry. Before joining the company, he was Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for Gold Canyon. Prior to that, he filled a number of increasingly senior positions at Amway, including Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing for Alticor, the parent company of Amway, Amway Global and Access Business Group; and General Manager of Amway Brazil. Prior to his roles at Amway, Norris worked in financial auditing and marketing at Arthur Andersen & Co. in Sao Paulo.

Based in Plymouth, Mass., PartyLite was established in 1973 and is a member of the Blyth Inc. family of home-fragrance products and related candle accessories.


Ibi Fleming
Ibi Fleming
Gary Small
Gary Small

Herbalife Ltd. named Ibi Fleming as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of its North America region. Fleming, a 13-year Herbalife veteran, is responsible for all business, strategic, sales and marketing functions across the region, which includes the United States, Canada, Jamaica and the Caribbean.

Fleming, who joined Herbalife in 1998, most recently served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the U.S. Latin market, which represents approximately 65 percent of North American sales and has been one of the company’s fastest-growing markets under her leadership.

Herbalife also announced that Gary Small, M.D., an expert in brain health and aging, has joined the editorial board of the Herbalife Nutrition Institute, an online resource promoting excellence in the field of nutrition, and the company’s Nutrition Advisory Board (NAB).

Small has authored more than 500 scientific works and received numerous awards and honors,  including Senior Investigator Award, American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry; and the Weinberg Award for Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry from the American Psychiatric Association. Scientific American magazine named him one of the world’s top innovators in science and technology. He is the author of several popular books on brain health and aging (The Memory Bible, The Memory Prescription, The Longevity Bible and iBrain), which have been translated into two dozen languages.

Small is professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, the Parlow-Solomon professor on aging at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, director of the UCLA Center on Aging, and director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Division at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior.

Herbalife is a global network marketing company that sells weight-management, nutritional and personal-care products intended to support a healthy lifestyle.

The Southwestern Company

Chris Layfield
Chris Layfield

Chris Layfield has been appointed Corporate Director of Advertising and Marketing at Southwestern/Great America Inc., parent corporation to Southwestern.

This new role was created to advance the brand and raise awareness of Southwestern and its family of companies on the Web and through other media. Layfield will serve the needs with the Southwestern summer sales program and work to coordinate a consistent message with all the businesses within the corporate family.

Layfield has experience in marketing and communications, most  recently at Praxis and previously as a partner at The Burgundy Group in Nashville. He has spent more than 13 years working in advertising, marketing and communications, with more than 10 years on the ad agency side of the business. Layfield has worked with national, regional and local brands on projects ranging from brand definition and development, clinical trial recruitment and locally relevant and nationally brand-compliant marketing plans for multi-unit chains and Web development.

The Southwestern Company was established in 1855 in Nashville, Tenn., and is the oldest direct selling company in the nation.

Rodan + Fields Dermatologists

Oran Arazi-Gamliel
Oran Arazi-Gamliel

Rodan + Fields Dermatologists announced the appointment of Oran Arazi- Gamliel as Executive Vice President of Global Strategy and Business Development.

In this newly created position, Arazi-Gamliel will lead the company in creating a global footprint as the direct selling business ownership opportunity in the clinical skincare arena. He will be responsible for the sales and sales support teams and will report to Lori Bush, President and General Manager of Rodan + Fields.

With more than 15 years of successful, hands-on business development experience as a senior-level executive in the global wellness and direct selling arenas, Arazi-Gamliel has worked in the United States, Europe, Russia, Israel and South Africa, and his experience includes restructuring and building direct selling operations from scratch. Most recently, Arazi-Gamliel served as Founder and Managing Director of Talor04, a global business development firm that utilized its exclusive industry expertise and global networks to develop and execute robust business strategies. Clients included such companies as Nu Skin, LifeWave and MonaVie.

Prior to creating Talor04, Arazi-Gamliel served as Chairman of the Dietary Food Supplement Division of the Israeli Chamber of Commerce and as Chairman of the Direct Selling Association of Israel.

Founded by Drs. Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields, the creators of Proactiv® Solution, Rodan + Fields Dermatologists is a direct selling skincare company that offers individuals the confidence of healthy, radiant skin though clinically proven skincare regimens.

Immunotec Mourns Passing of Senior VP Dr. Wulf Droge, Ph.D.

Immunotec Inc. announced the death of its colleague, leader and friend, Dr. Wulf Droge, Senior Vice President, Research & Development. Dr. Droge passed in December 2010.

Dr. Droge was a world-renowned scientist with more than 40 years in basic and clinical research and participation in more than 280 publications in the areas of redox modulation and aging. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute and Harvard University, Dr. Droge spent three years as a scientific member at the renowned Basel Institute of Immunology and 29 years as professor of cell biology at the University of Heidelberg. He was also department head at the National Cancer Research Center of Germany (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum).
After his retirement from the academic sector, he joined Immunotec in 2005 as head of Research and Development, where he contributed greatly to promoting the benefits of cysteine supplementation with Immunocal®. He was the architect of the Immunocal® Platinum product, one of the company’s flagship products.

“We wish to express our most sincere condolences to his wife and to their daughter,” said James A. Northrop, President and CEO of Immunotec Inc. “The scientific community has lost a great leader, and Immunotec owes Wulf a tremendous debt of gratitude for his contributions over the years.” 

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