August 01, 2012
Steve Van Andel
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors elected Steve Van Andel, Chairman of Amway, as its Vice Chairman for a one-year term. He succeeds Edward Rust Jr., Chairman and CEO of State Farm®.
As Chairman, Van Andel is responsible for managing the daily operations of Amway and has led the expansion of the business, growing it into a stronger, more diversified company. He has been Chairman since 1995. Previously, Van Andel was Amway’s Vice President–Americas, overseeing the company’s business operations in North and South America, and also served as Vice President of Marketing. Van Andel is the oldest son of Amway Co-Founder Jay Van Andel.
Van Andel served a one-year term as Chairman of the Chamber from 2001 to 2002 and subsequently was Chairman of the board’s Executive Committee. He is Vice Chairman of the U.S.-Korea Business Council, where he works on behalf of free trade.
He serves his home state of Michigan and the community of Grand Rapids by supporting the Grand Action Committee, the Van Andel Museum Center, and the Van Andel Institute, a health research center. He is on the dean’s advisory board for the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., and on the boards of Business Leaders for Michigan, the Gerald R. Ford Foundation, the Grand Rapids John Ball Zoo Society, the Metropolitan Health Corp., and the Metropolitan Hospital Foundation in Grand Rapids.
Amway is one of the world’s largest direct selling businesses. Founded in 1959 and headquartered in Ada, Mich., Amway offers consumer products and business opportunities in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide.
Robert M. Urban
Brandon K. Butterfield
LifeVantage Corp., the maker of Protandim®, the Nrf2 Synergizer® patented dietary supplement, announced that it recently expanded its management team.
Robert M. Urban has been appointed Chief Operating Officer. Urban will oversee global operations, infrastructure and the efficiencies associated with that to support the continued growth of LifeVantage. His operational experience includes program and project management, process re-engineering, systems integration, mechanical and test engineering as well as human resources, finance, benefits administration, time and absence management, payroll and labor relations.
Rob Cutler has been appointed General Counsel. Cutler will provide support to all departments of LifeVantage related to its ongoing growth and expansion. He will also be responsible for LifeVantage legal and risk management matters worldwide. He has focused his career on advising national and multinational companies, including biotech and pharmaceutical corporations in both a legal and business development capacity.
Brandon K. Butterfield has been appointed Vice President Marketing and Communications. Butterfield will oversee the company’s strategic marketing efforts, including the creation and communication of its international brand, products, events, investor relations and sales support globally, as well as all corporate communications efforts. His professional background includes marketing, product development, e-commerce, social media, integrated communications and finance.
Kirby Zenger has been appointed Chief Network Officer. Zenger, former Chief Operating Officer of LifeVantage, will be responsible for the company’s global networking operations, working closely with LifeVantage independent distributors to achieve sales revenue and growth. Zenger has decades of experience in sales, marketing, branding, operations and international expansion.
LifeVantage is a science-based nutraceutical company that makes products to transform wellness and anti-aging internally and externally by reducing oxidative stress at the cellular level. The company was founded in 2003 and has its corporate headquarters in Salt Lake City.
ViSalus, a direct seller of weight-loss products through its fitness challenge, announced the appointment of Paul Noack as President and Janice Jackson as Chief Brand Officer. Both are members of the ViSalus senior executive team and will report directly to Ryan Blair, Co-Founder and CEO.
Noack will be responsible for developing and managing international markets, operating the global supply chain, and enhancing the customer experience.
A seasoned business builder, Noack offers more than 25 years’ experience in executive management, strategy, operations and finance. Career highlights include being instrumental in taking one direct seller public as well as developing strategies that contributed to the company’s global growth; serving more than a decade at The Walt Disney Company; and managing a private equity fund.
Jackson, as Chief Brand Officer, will oversee ViSalus’ brand and culture initiatives, developing and implanting companywide strategies to ensure that brand and culture standards are consistent across all touch points and geographies. In that effort, Jackson will head the Product Marketing and Research and Development departments, as well as the Global Creative Services, Public Relations and Human Resource groups.
For 25 years, Jackson has held leadership marketing, branding and innovation roles in the consumer packaged goods industry. She joins ViSalus after serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at another direct seller, where she headed up the worldwide Marketing and R&D functions.
Founded in 2005 with headquarters in Los Angeles and Troy, Mich., ViSalus is the company behind the Body by Vi™ Challenge, a 90-day health transformation platform. ViSalus™ is majority-owned by Blyth Inc.
Thirty-One Gifts announced that Andy Neri has been appointed as President. Founder Cindy Monroe will remain in her role as CEO while Neri focuses on the day-to-day operations of the business.
Neri joined Thirty-One in 2010 as Vice President of Product and more recently served as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Before joining Thirty-One, Neri worked for five years at Atrium, one of the company’s suppliers.
Monroe, who has served as both President and CEO, will remain the company’s chief executive and continue to focus on strategic planning and growth, company branding and sales strategies.
Thirty-One, based in Columbus, Ohio, is a party plan company selling exclusive, on-trend, stylish and practical handbags, fashion accessories, totes and organizing solutions.
Charles & Colvard Ltd.
Charles & Colvard Ltd., the sole manufacturer of created moissanite gemstones, announced the appointment of Anne Butler to its board of directors.
As an executive in the direct selling industry, Butler has run global businesses for Avon Products Inc., Mary Kay Cosmetics Inc., and PartyLite Gifts Inc. Since January 2012, Butler has served as CEO of Butler Advisors, while also serving as Senior Advisor to the Chairman of Blyth Inc. From May 2007 to January 2012, she served as President of PartyLite, Blyth’s home fragrances and accents direct selling business. She also served on the Board of ViSalus, the weight-loss and fitness direct sales subsidiary of Blyth. Butler currently serves on the Board of the Direct Selling Education Foundation, and this month concluded two years of service as Vice Chairman of the Board of the Direct Selling Association.
According to George R. Cattermole, Director and Chairman of the Board of Charles & Colvard Ltd., Butler’s experience and knowledge of the direct selling channel will benefit the company as it grows its home party business, Lulu Avenue™, which launched at the end of 2011.
Charles & Colvard Ltd., based in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina, is the global sole source of moissanite, a unique, near-colorless created gemstone.
RBC Life Sciences Inc.
Steven E. Brown
The board of directors of RBC Life Sciences Inc. has appointed Steven E. Brown as President. Brown previously served as Chief Financial Officer, a position he held since joining the company in May 1994. Brown had also served as Executive Vice President from June 2011 to June 2012 and as Vice President–Finance from May 1994 to June 2011. He served on the company’s Board of Directors since 1994.
Prior to joining RBC, Brown served for 14 years as Vice President Finance and CFO of Carrington Laboratories. He has worked in the private sector for 10 years and has a range of both large and small company experience.
The board of directors also appointed Richard S. Jablonski as Vice President–Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining the company, Jablonski was Vice President of Finance for Michaels Stores Inc., a national retailer of arts and crafts materials, from February 2008 to January 2012. During his tenure with Michaels, Jablonski served in various capacities, including Controller and Principal Accounting Officer.
RBC Life Sciences develops, manufactures and markets high-quality nutritional supplements and personal-care products to a growing population of consumers seeking wellness and a healthy lifestyle.
DOVE Chocolate Discoveries™
John Wyckoff, Chief Operating Officer and interim President of DOVE Chocolate Discoveries™, has been named President of DOVE Chocolate Discoveries™ on a permanent basis, effective immediately.
Wyckoff joined Mars Chocolate North America in 2004, initially working in the finance and supply/commercial organizations before assuming the role of General Manager of the Health and Nutrition business unit. In 2009, Wyckoff was named Director, Chocolate New Ventures, where he led the development of the company’s venture portfolio. He expanded that role in October 2011 to assume responsibility for the operations of DOVE Chocolate Discoveries™, including the financial, supply and commercial operations of the business. Prior to Mars, Wyckoff worked in several startup and turnaround businesses in a variety of industries.
DOVE Chocolate Discoveries™, based in Mt. Arlington, N.J., is a division of Mars Chocolate North America. DOVE Chocolate Discoveries™ is a national, premium chocolate direct-selling business available in the 48 contiguous states, offering exclusive chocolate products, recipes and nonedible items.