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July 23, 2014

Executive Announcements

Executive Announcements, August 2014

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Gary WilliamsonGary Williamson

The Nutrilite Health Institute, a worldwide collaboration of experts dedicated to helping people achieve optimal health, announced Gary Williamson, Ph.D., has joined its Scientific Advisory Board. The Scientific Advisory Board provides guidance on new and emerging nutrition science and technology, public health issues, product development and strategic direction for Nutrilite, sold exclusively by Amway and the world’s No. 1 selling brand of vitamins and dietary supplements.

“We’re honored to welcome Professor Williamson as an esteemed colleague and advisor to our board of scientific leadership,” said Keith Randolph, technology strategist for Nutrilite. “He is one of the premier thought leaders in the field of food science and nutrition.”

A biochemist and enzymologist, Williamson is a professor of Functional Food in the School of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Leeds, U.K.

He has published more than 350 refereed scientific publications and book chapters, and is ranked by the Institute for Scientific Information as a highly cited author in Agricultural Sciences.

His scientific discoveries include major advances in understanding dietary polyphenol bioavailability, including the structures of metabolites, their metabolic pathways and biological activities.

Primerica Inc.

 Beatriz R. PerezBeatriz R. Perez

Primerica Inc. announced the election of Beatriz R. Perez to the company’s Board of Directors. Perez has been employed by The Coca-Cola Co. since 1994. She has been Chief Sustainability Officer for Coca-Cola since July 2011. Prior to her current position, Perez held the positions of Chief Marketing Officer for the North American Division of Coca-Cola; Senior Vice President, Integrated Marketing for the North American Division of Coca Cola; and Vice President, Media, Sports and Entertainment Marketing.

Perez also is the Chair Emeritus of the Grammy Foundation. She has served on the boards of HSBC Finance Corp., HSBC North America and HSBC Bank Nevada, N.A.

“We are thrilled to have Beatriz join our Board,” said D. Richard Williams, Chairman of the Board and Co-CEO of Primerica. “She brings extensive marketing experience and a clear understanding of consumer behavior that will be very valuable to our board and management team.”

PartyLite Worldwide

 Joan M. ConnorJoan M. Connor

Blyth Inc., a direct-to-consumer company and designer and marketer of health, wellness and beauty products, as well as candles and accessories for the home, announced that its PartyLite division, the world’s largest direct seller of candles, candle accessories and premium home fragrance products, has promoted Joan M. Connor to President, PartyLite North America.

Connor, who joined PartyLite in 2010, was most recently Vice President, Marketing & eCommerce, collaborating with the sales and technology teams to complement the core business model of home parties with technology-driven initiatives to enhance the customer and PartyLite consultant experience.

Robert B. Goergen Jr., CEO of Blyth Inc. and President of PartyLite Worldwide, said of Connor, “Her digital marketing know-how, along with her understanding of operations and technology, should provide the ideal underpinning to improving the overall customer and consultant experience, ultimately leading to profitable sales growth in North America.”

Connor joined PartyLite in 2010 as Senior Director, eCommerce. She was promoted to Vice President, Marketing & eCommerce in 2011.

Mannatech Inc.

Alfredo BalaAlfredo Bala
 Chris SimonsChris Simons

Mannatech Inc., a pioneer of nutritional glycobiology and innovator of naturally sourced supplements based on Real Food Technology® solutions, announced the appointment of Alfredo (Al) Bala as President of Mannatech Inc.; Chris Simons as Regional President, EMEAA; and Patrick Park as Regional President, Asia.

Bala has served in the direct sales industry for more than 35 years and joined Mannatech in October 2007 as Senior Vice President, Global Sales. He most recently served as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. Prior to his time at Mannatech, Bala served as a field leader in the industry for 28 years, culminating in the position of Chief Operating Officer for another direct seller.

Patrick ParkPatrick Park

As President, he will oversee all global field development, sales, marketing and general management efforts for all Mannatech markets as well as focus on expansion of the company’s Mission 5 Million movement.

Chris Simons joined Mannatech in 2008 as Director of Sales, South Africa. He most recently served as Regional Vice President, EMEA. Prior to his time at Mannatech, Simons spent 19 years in the direct sales industry as a field leader and business manager for another direct selling company. Over his career, he has played an integral role in launching many new markets.

Patrick Park joined Mannatech in 2009 as General Manager, South Korea. More recently, Park served as Regional Vice President for Asia, leading the company’s overall operations in Japan and Taiwan, and was crucial in the launch and oversight of the Hong Kong market in 2013. Prior to joining Mannatech, Park served 13 years in the direct sales industry. Over his career, he has played a key role in expansion into new markets.

LifeVantage Corp.

 Jeffery Bean Jeffery Bean

LifeVantage Corp., a company dedicated to helping people achieve healthy living through a combination of a compelling business opportunity and scientifically validated products, announced that it has appointed Jeffery Bean as its new Managing Director in Japan. Bean brings 15 years of network marketing experience to LifeVantage, having worked in management positions for other direct selling companies during his career. He will be based in the company’s Tokyo office.

Douglas C. Robinson, President and CEO, said, “Our Japan market is very important to our overall business. We are excited to have Jeff join our team in Japan and we believe he will add a great amount of stability and value to our Japan market. Jeff brings a wealth of experience in the network marketing industry, particularly in Japan.”

LifeVantage Corp., a leader in Nrf2 science and the maker of Protandim®, the Nrf2 Synergizer® patented dietary supplement, is a science-based network marketing company founded in 2003 and headquartered in Salt Lake City.


 Tom Zimmer Tom Zimmer

Univera, a leader in the natural products industry, announced that it has named Tom Zimmer as President and CEO. Zimmer replaces Randy Bancino, who recently announced his retirement.

“We are excited to have Tom join the day-to-day management of Univera and to lead us further toward success,” said Bill Lee, Univera Chairman and Founder. “Tom is an accomplished executive with over 40 years of in-depth work experience that covers a broad spectrum of industries, cultures, and distribution channels. He is recognized as a highly skilled general manager with exceptionally strong motivational skills.”

During his career, Zimmer has demonstrated his ability to solve complex business issues with results-oriented strategies, financial acumen and passionate leadership. He has held positions as President, Chief Operations Officer, and Senior Vice President & Managing Director for several companies within the direct selling industry. He also held an executive-level position with Bloomingdales.

Youngevity International Inc.

 David Ori David Ori

Youngevity International Inc., a global direct marketer of nutritional and lifestyle products and also a vertically integrated producer of gourmet coffees for the commercial, retail and direct sales channels, announced the appointment of David Ori as the Vice President of International Development
for Youngevity®.

David Ori is an executive with nearly 20 years of direct selling industry experience and a proven track record of growth and sales in emerging and established markets, especially in Eastern Europe, Asia and Asia Pacific. Ori joins Youngevity from another direct seller, where he was the VP of International Expansion since 2011 and established new offices for the company in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Prior to that appointment, he was a managing director at another direct seller from 2000 to 2011, where he was a member of the board of directors, established the company in Israel and was responsible for thousands of distributors with operations in Israel and Eastern Europe.

“We are very pleased to welcome David Ori to the Youngevity executive team,” said Steve Wallach, CEO of Youngevity. “David’s significant international direct selling experience makes him an ideal addition to our team and fortifies our strategic global expansion strategy.”

RBC Life Sciences Inc.

 Steven E. Brown Steven E. Brown

RBC Life Sciences Inc. has announced that the board of directors has appointed Steven E. Brown to serve as Chief Financial Officer following the departure of Richard S. Jablonski, who resigned. Brown will serve in this capacity in addition to his current position as President. The appointment to Chief Financial Officer is an interim measure until a permanent replacement for Jablonski is found.

Brown previously served as Chief Financial Officer from May 1994 until being named President in June 2012 and as Executive Vice President from June 2011 to June 2012. He has also served as a director of the company since May 1994.

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.

LyfeStart International

 David L. Katz David L. Katz

LyfeStart International announced David L. Katz, M.D., MPH, FACPM, FACP, as the founding Chairman of the LyfeStart Medical Advisory Board. Dr. Katz is a leading medical expert on obesity in the U.S.

Dr. Katz is the founding Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center, a two-time diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a board-certified specialist in preventive medicine/public health. He is President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and Founder and President of the nonprofit Turn the Tide Foundation, committed to reversing trends in obesity and chronic disease.

Dr. Katz is an active contributor to media and a prolific author. He has been featured on ABC News/Good Morning America and has written for a number of print and online publications. He is also Editor in Chief of the journal Childhood Obesity and has published nearly 200 scientific articles and textbook chapters.

Launched earlier this year, LyfeStart is a socially conscious, global network marketing company committed to providing sustainable solutions to the dual crisis of global obesity and worldwide hunger. LyfeStart empowers people to create change in their lives, so they can improve their health, achieve their potential, and provide nourishment for a child in need. For every Nourish Nutritional Protein Shake the company sells, LyfeStart provides a meal for a hungry child. LifeStart products are available in the United States and soon in Mexico.

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