April 01, 2015
Executive Announcements, April 2015
Nature’s Sunshine Executive Takes on New Role
As part of an internal reorganization of the company to target major growth opportunities, Nature’s Sunshine Products (NSP) announced the appointment of Wynne Roberts as CEO of Synergy Worldwide. He will hold responsibility for the Synergy Worldwide business as well as NSP’s business in Russia, Central, and Eastern Europe. Dan Norman will continue as President of Synergy Worldwide.
Roberts joined Nature’s Sunshine as President and Chief Operating Officer in February 2012. Prior to that, he served as Chairman of the Board for a Romanian direct sales company. From 2005 to 2009, he was Senior Vice President, EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) at one of the world’s largest direct sales companies. He also served as President, International for DMX Music. In addition to broad consulting experience, he has held senior international executive general management positions at XE Systems Incorporated (a subsidiary of Xerox Corp.) and NCR Corp.
Looking forward, Synergy will continue operating in 29 markets across Asia, Europe, and North America, with scope to drive substantial growth through penetration in these markets and expand into new countries.
“Over the past three years, I have had the pleasure of working closely with, and reporting to, Wynne Roberts, and have been impressed by his leadership, commitment, and vision,” Dan Norman says. “With Wynne’s new role and focus, together with our world-class corporate team, we will perfectly position Synergy for accelerated growth as we share our products and opportunity with the world.”
Nikken Chief Operating Officer Succeeds Leader of the Company
Kurt Fulle, previously Chief Operating Officer of Nikken International, has been promoted to Chairman and CEO. Toshizo “Tom” Watanabe will step down from his position as Chairman and serve as Chairman Emeritus. Ben Woodward, most recently Managing Director of the company’s European market, will assume the position of President of Nikken International.
Prior to serving as Chief Operating Officer and taking on overall responsibility for business operations, Fulle was Chief Financial Officer of the company, and before that he was Controller when he joined Nikken in 2003. Before Nikken, Fulle led operations in the durable consumer products industries. He used his 21 years of manufacturing and seven years of public accounting experience to help guide Nikken in the pursuit of best practices.
To assume his new position as President, Woodward relocated to the United States from his post in Europe. He joined Nikken as Director of Sales for the European market in 2011 and was named the market’s Managing Director soon after. A council member of the U.K. and European DSAs, he brings experience in the areas of marketing, training, and sales management and has worked for a range of businesses, from startups to multibillion-dollar organizations.
SimplyFun Taps Play Experts for Newly Formed Advisory Council
|Dr. Toni Linder|
Educational board game developer SimplyFun Inc. is serious about play, as evidenced by the brand’s newly formed Play Advisory Council. SimplyFun has introduced Professor Emeritus Dr. Toni Linder and play expert Matt Brown as founding members of the council, alongside company President and CEO, Patty Pearcy, and Chairman of the Board, Alan Luce.
A specialist in early childhood development and early childhood special education, Dr. Linder has authored books on transdisciplinary play-based assessment (TPBA) and intervention (TPBI), the method she developed for identifying a child’s strengths and needs through play.
Brown is an industry veteran and consultant who has worked for companies like Scholastic, LeapFrog, Conteneo and Speck Design. He also sits on the PBS KIDS Next Generation Media Advisory Board.
The Play Advisory Council formed as a result of SimplyFun’s ongoing partnership with Brown and Linder, who have helped identify key learning and skill elements in the brand’s award-winning games. As members of the council, they will contribute to SimplyFun’s strategic direction and future offerings.
In other company news, Jen Leu is joining the company as the Director of Product Development. Her appointment coincides with the retirement of Product Director Mary Ecklund.
Leu’s career focus has been on developing products that appeal on a personal level, inspiring connections and shared experiences. And as a mother and a product developer, she says she understands the power of play in children’s learning and in the quality of family time.
“It’s an incredible opportunity to work with SimplyFun—a talented, dedicated team focused on creating reliable, high quality products for kids and families,” says Leu.
Tupperware Welcomes Its Next Managing Director in Germany
Christian Dorner has been named CEO and Managing Director of Tupperware Germany. He succeeds Georges Jaggy, who held the position for six years.
Dorner’s career with Tupperware Germany began in marketing. He then joined the sales team and, after a short time, was promoted to Regional Director. In 2011 he became Managing Director of Tupperware Switzerland.
The generational change at the top of the business shows a significant strategic change for the company as well. The new CEO has taken up the cause of rebranding the Tupperparty® and says while the core of the party’s design will be preserved, it will be revamped.
“Our goal is to reach the younger generation,” Dorner says. “The Tupperparty® is still up to date. Also for the younger generation it is not enough just to shop online and be virtually connected. Personal contact is desired. That is exactly what the modern Tupperparty® can provide.”
DubLi Hires Chief Network Officer for North America and Asia/Pacific
Jerry Yerke has joined global cashback rewards company DubLi as Chief Network Officer for North America and Asia/Pacific. Yerke is based in Santa Monica, California, and will travel extensively to support DubLi Network.
Yerke has 20 years of experience in direct selling as a top distributor, investor, and corporate executive.
Most recently, he served as Chief Network Officer of a global direct selling company where he was the communication bridge between the company and its network of distributors.
Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, DubLi provides cashback rewards and value-based travel, along with discounted insurance, financial services and telecommunications.
Youngevity Adds to Its International Team
Nutritional and lifestyle company Youngevity International Inc. announced plans to expand its presence in Asia and open a wholly owned subsidiary in Singapore under the name “Youngevity International (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.” The company has also appointed Ben Ho as the Vice President of Asia to lead this expansion. Youngevity plans to open a distribution and sales support center in Singapore later this year.
Ho is a seasoned executive with nearly 20 years of direct selling industry experience in Asia with leadership in growth and sales in the Asia-Pacific markets. He has an extensive background working with various direct selling companies in establishing sales and distribution in countries across the region. Formerly, Ho was a Managing Director of another direct seller in Southeast Asia and managed the entire setup and sales process in the company’s expansion throughout Asia.
Youngevity CEO Steve Wallach says, “Ben’s strong background in direct selling, business development and international expansion makes him an ideal addition to our management team to strengthen our global expansion strategy.”
Youngevity also announced the appointment of Nathalie Martineau as Country Manager for Canada. Martineau previously worked as a Canadian market specialist for another direct seller and played a role in the company’s expansion throughout the region. She was responsible for all Canadian marketing materials in both French and English and managed the marketing processes, events, and relationships throughout
“…We are fortunate to be able to tap into the experience and dual language capabilities that will be provided by Nathalie Martineau as Country Manager for Canada,” says Dave Briskie, CFO and President of Commercial Development for Youngevity, who has been leading the company’s global expansion campaign. “Our distributors and customers have demonstrated a substantial demand for our products and business opportunity, and we felt it was time to establish a corporate presence in Canada.”
NHTC Expands Its Board of Directors
Personal-care and wellness company Natural Health Trends Corp. announced that in connection with its approval for listing on the Nasdaq Capital Market, the company’s board of directors was expanded to provide for five directors, and Kin Y. Chung and Christopher R. O’Brien were elected to fill the newly created vacancies.
Chung is recently retired from Bioherb Technology Company, Ltd., a private Hong Kong company that served as an importing company for food and food manufacturing products, which Chung founded and for which he served as President. O’Brien is a principal with the national law firm, Polsinelli LLP, where he specializes in corporate law. Both Chung and O’Brien qualify as independent directors.
“Kin Chung and Chris O’Brien bring outstanding backgrounds and experience to our Board, and I have no doubt they will make important contributions to the Company,” said Chris Sharng, President of Natural Health Trends Corp.
Trading on the Nasdaq Capital Market was expected to commence on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, and the company’s common stock will continue to trade under the symbol “NHTC.”
TLC Names Vice President of North American Sales
Kenny Lloyd has become the new Vice President of North American Sales for health and beauty company Total Life Changes. Since joining the company over a year ago as a distributor, Lloyd has shown leadership qualities while providing training as well as leadership accountability for distributors in his business organization.
A former top earner in the industry, he will bring that drive to the corporate office as it continues to grow. With a vested interest in Total Life Changes, Lloyd says he looks forward to contributing to the vision of the company.
Future plans for Total Life Changes include a new office in Houston, Texas. It will be an extension of the two corporate offices in Ira, Michigan, and Fontana, California, handling customer service and local product fulfillment.
Total Life Changes offers a line of health and beauty products and was created by CEO Jack Fallon 15 years ago with a single product, Nutraburst, and has grown to include the Iaso™ brand of products.
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