April 04, 2016
Executive Announcements, April 2016
Young Living Recalibrates Executive Team with Three New Appointments
Young Living Essential Oils LLC is appointing three executives from within its own ranks as it pursues its next stage of growth.
The seller of essential oil products has announced that former Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Jared Turner, is transitioning to the role of Chief Operations Officer. Turner joined Young Living in 2012 as International Associate General Counsel. As an executive he has been instrumental to the development of international markets and infrastructure, strengths that helped the company achieve annual sales of $1 billion in 2015.
“Jared’s leadership has helped transform Young Living into the company it is today, and we are honored to have him serve as Chief Operating Officer, alongside the rest of our excellent Executive team,” Mary Young, CEO, said in a statement. “His many talents and purpose-driven mindset have helped Young Living achieve unprecedented success, and I am confident that his skillset and passion will propel our company into future successes and global growth.”
Before joining the team at Young Living, Turner, a former international business attorney with Utah’s largest law firm, built his own companies and worked for more than a decade in network marketing.
The Lindon, Utah-based company also is adding two new faces to the executive team. Walter Noot, with Young Living since 2014, has been named Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Operations. Noot has accumulated more than two decades of executive leadership experience at companies large and small. At Young Living, he has focused on large-scale improvements to technology processes and supply chain infrastructure.
The final appointee is Kelly Case, a 15-year veteran of the company who will now serve as Chief of Staff, supporting and advising the leadership team with a more prominent role in day-to-day affairs. Case initially joined Young Living’s marketing team, but was later promoted to Executive Assistant to Gary and Mary Young.
Nerium Taps Peter Dale to Launch Business in Japan
To lead efforts in opening its second Asian market this summer, Nerium International has hired Peter Dale as General Manager of Japan.
“Nerium is committed to meeting Japan’s enthusiastic demand for scientifically proven anti-aging products,” said Jeff Olson, CEO of Nerium International. “Our products provide the real results that educated consumers expect, and our company offers an exciting business model embraced in Asia-Pacific.”
Seasoned international business leader Dale has more than 30 years of sales and operational leadership experience in territories spanning the United States, Japan, and Asia Pacific. Born in Kyoto, he has effectively orchestrated Japanese and Asian expansions for both public and private multi-national corporations.
“Japan, the No. 2 market in our industry, and the Asia-Pacific region hold the ideal markets for the continued international expansion of Nerium International at this time,” said Dale. “With the unparalleled excellence of Nerium’s exclusive patented products, as well as the innovative business opportunity, the company is breaking sales records at every turn.”
Former Primerica Co-CEO Richard Williams Joins USANA Board
USANA Health Sciences Inc. has named direct selling veteran Richard Williams, non-executive Chairman of Primerica Inc., the sixth member of its board of directors.
Williams, with Co-CEO John Addison, led financial services firm Primerica for more than 15 years before stepping down in April 2015. He initially joined the company in 1989, and served in a succession of roles that included CFO and COO of the Primerica unit under parent company Citigroup. Under the leadership of Williams and Addison, Primerica spun off from Citigroup in a successful IPO conducted in April 2010.
“After carefully reviewing USANA, and engaging with its leadership and employees, I am pleased to accept a seat on the company’s board of directors,” said Williams. “USANA’s strong corporate values and commitment to improving the lives of families around the world make the company a leader in the direct selling industry.”
In addition to his role as non-executive Chairman of Primerica, where he has been a member of the board since 2009, Williams lends his expertise to a variety of organizations. He currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the Woodruff Arts Center, the Anti-Defamation League Southeast Region, the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Carter Center Board of Councilors.
Rodan + Fields Appoints Ralph Loura as New Chief Technology Officer
Leading skincare and social commerce brand Rodan + Fields has appointed former Hewlett-Packard executive Ralph Loura as its Chief Technology Officer. In this role, Loura will lead Rodan + Fields’ global information technology organization, defining and advancing IT strategy and infrastructure to support the company’s growth momentum. He will oversee the IT, Engineering, Project Management and Digital Product Management teams, and report to President and CEO Diane Dietz.
Loura has more than 25 years of experience driving the IT strategy for major brands. Most recently, he served as Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Enterprise and Global Sales Operations at Hewlett-Packard.
Dietz said, “Ralph’s significant experience in driving growth and business transformation through technology enablement combined with his business leadership skills and customer-centric approach make him an exceptional choice to lead our IT organization as we embark on the next chapter of growth and innovation at Rodan + Fields.”
Prior to joining HP, Loura spent several years as Senior Vice President and CIO of The Clorox Company. He also is a recipient of numerous industry awards including Computerworld’s 2012 Premier 100 IT Leaders and Consumer Goods Technology’s 2013 CIO of the Year.
Scott McElroy Has Joined Youngevity as Director of Information Technology
Youngevity International Inc., a global direct seller of nutritional and lifestyle products, has appointed Scott McElroy as Director Information Technology Project Management Operations/ Global Technology Solutions Architect.
McElroy brings 30 years of experience in information systems and technology. He is a specialist in advancing strategic architecture, applications development, data center operations, infrastructure, and security and core technologies, which support the business on a global scale.
Prior to joining Youngevity, McElroy led the design, development and implementation of strategic technology initiatives for numerous Fortune 500 companies while serving as President and CEO of two Southern California-based technology consultancies. He has been involved in numerous professional, community and technology organizations and has been formally recognized for his efforts by both the California State Assembly and California State Senate.
“We are pleased that Scott McElroy has joined the management team at Youngevity,” said Dave Briskie, President and CFO of Youngevity. “We will certainly benefit from Scott’s experience and knowledge and he has come to us with many recommendations on how we can use technology to improve our overall business. We look forward to his leadership as he advances the overall direction of our technology operations.”
ORGANO Has Hired Colin Morgan-Jones as Regional VP of Europe, Africa and Russia/CIS
Industry veteran Colin Morgan-Jones has joined gourmet coffee seller ORGANO as the Regional Vice President of Europe, Africa and the Russian Commonwealth.
“Colin has spent his entire career immersed in the business sector of the European and African continents and a significant amount of that time in network marketing,” said Bernardo Chua, Founder and CEO of ORGANO. “His business acumen and understanding of our industry nuances will play a critical role as we continue to grow existing markets with an eye toward expansion.”
Morgan-Jones has more than 15 years of experience in the direct selling industry and has been responsible for EU and Russia/CIS commercial expansion and field cultivation as well as acquisition and strategic business development initiatives within the channel. Most recently, he served as European Sales and Business Development Director for a U.S.-based direct seller’s business in Europe.
ASEA Executive VP Honored as One of Utah’s Forty Under 40
Kurt Richards, ASEA’s Executive Vice President, has been honored by Utah Business magazine as one of Utah’s Forty Under 40.
Richards was recognized as a business professional under the age of 40 who has climbed the corporate ladder quickly, becoming a standout in his field and demonstrating exceptional leadership qualities.
“We are extremely fortunate to have Kurt Richards serve as our executive vice president,” said Charles F. Funke, ASEA CEO. “Kurt’s expertise in a number of key areas, in addition to his leadership qualities, make him an instrumental figure among our team and vital to our success and growth as a company. We could not be more supportive and pleased with Kurt receiving this well-deserved recognition.”
At 38 years old, Richards has been instrumental in helping establish four successful startup companies, ASEA among them. In the time he has been with ASEA overseeing marketing, public relations, communications, corporate development, and leads research and development efforts, the company has gone from $20,000 in sales to more than $70 million last year. In 2015, ASEA was recognized as one of Utah’s 50 fastest growing businesses.
In other company news, ASEA has appointed Richard Watt, Ph.D., as the fourth member of its Science Advisory Council.
Watt is currently a professor in the department of chemistry and biochemistry at Brigham Young University, with a Ph.D. in biochemistry from University of Wisconsin-Madison and postdoctoral research from Princeton University. Watt has been published in numerous scholarly journals and academic volumes regarding biochemistry. In addition, he is a seasoned presenter, leading workshops and research talks at international biochemistry conferences.