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August 01, 2015

Executive Announcements

Executive Announcements, August 2015


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Mary Young Transitions to CEO of Young Living

Mary Young Mary Young

Young Living Essential Oils has announced that its storied Co-Founder, Gary Young, is stepping down from his role as CEO. His wife, Mary, the brand’s Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, will take on leadership of the company.

Mary has served on Young Living’s corporate executive team for the past two decades. In a nod to her personal and professional work, Utah Business

“What started over two decades ago as a personal passion for both Gary and me has grown into a worldwide company committed to transforming the lives of millions,” Mary said in the company’s release. “Prior to launching Young Living with Gary, I established and grew my own successful direct selling business. This experience has led to a ‘member-first’ mindset for Young Living and continues to shape our culture and policies.”

In a statement, Young Living said Gary will continue his work in the wellness field as he writes books and shares his knowledge of essential oils. The 66-year-old is also looking to focus his time on family and various philanthropic and civic initiatives.


Youngevity Launches Outbound Sales and Retention Team

Alex Theis Alex Theis

Youngevity Essential Life Sciences announced the creation of an Outbound Sales and Retention Team along with an initiative to review and improve their overall customer and distributor experience.

Alex Theis, a veteran of the direct sales industry, has been brought on to spearhead both campaigns. Theis has worked with several companies in the industry and is a well-rounded executive with expertise in developing retention initiatives and outbound revenue generation teams. Additionally he brings executive-level experience in customer service, sales, marketing and field relations. Theis has an extensive international background as well, working with large groups in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.

Youngevity’s Outbound Sales and Retention Team officially launched in March. The newly formed department contacts customers within Youngevity’s data base of consumers through a courtesy call program. The program’s mission is to further engage, educate, and grow Youngevity’s account base. As the Outbound Courtesy Calling Team expands they will also be working in a support role to assist in streamlining the integration process of Youngevity’s acquisition strategy.

“The implementation of these new programs provides another example of the investments that we are making to stay ahead of our growth curve…,” says CEO Steve Wallach. “We’re excited to have someone with the industry experience and proven record of success that Alex Theis brings to Youngevity.”


Rodan + Fields Taps Finance Expert for Board

Louis J. Lavigne Jr. Louis J. Lavigne Jr.

With an eye toward future growth, skincare company Rodan + Fields has appointed corporate finance consultant Louis J. Lavigne Jr. to its board of directors.

“Lou’s demonstrated financial expertise and broad leadership experience will prove critical to Rodan + Fields as we continue to globalize our business,” said Amnon Rodan, Chairman of the Board.

Lavigne, currently Managing Director of consulting firm Lavrite LLC, spent 23 years as Executive Vice President and CFO
at Genentech Inc., a leading biotech company. In addition to overseeing the company’s financial, corporate relations and information technology groups, Lavigne sat on the executive committee and chaired the company’s 401(k) plan committee.

“I look forward to working with Rodan + Fields to continue the company’s momentum and growth as we redefine the future of skincare and social commerce,” Lavigne said.


Tastefully Simple Appoints New President and COO

Nancy Dahl Nancy Dahl

In July, Tastefully Simple Inc. introduced a new product concept aimed at catering to today’s consumer and injecting fresh energy into the business. Coinciding with this transition, the tasting party company is bringing on a new President and Chief Operations Officer, Nancy Dahl.

Dahl hails from photography giant Lifetouch Inc., a $1.2 billion company based in Minneapolis. She held various management positions within the company before serving as President and COO for the Lifetouch National School Studios division. Dahl currently sits on the board of both corporate and nonprofit organizations, including the Greater Twin Cities United Way, Dunwoody College of Technology, and the Family, Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).

“In addition to being an amazing culture fit, [Dahl] is an innovative catalyst who provides crystal clarity in identifying priorities and has high standards of excellence,” Tastefully Simple CEO Jill Blashack Strahan said in a statement.

Dahl will help lead the company in its new strategic direction, which focuses on simple-to-make, cost-effective and wholesome meal solutions. Vice President of Sales, Chet Seely, said Tastefully Simple is also equipping its consultants to grow their one-to-one sales alongside the traditional tasting parties.

Among the answers Tastefully Simple provides are 10- and 30-meal collections—including products, grocery lists, recipes and menu planners—and the brand-new TS to You subscription service, launched July 1, which brings recurring orders of meal collections to subscribers’ homes every other month,” Seely told DSN.


4Life Announces General Manager, Australia and New Zealand

Jim O’Reilly Jim O’Reilly

Jim O’Reilly has joined 4Life as General Manager in Australia and New Zealand.

In his new role, O’Reilly will be responsible for all aspects of 4Life’s business in the market, including operations, marketing, and field development. He comes to 4Life with several years of experience. Most recently, he served as General Manager over Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific for another global direct selling company.

“Jim brings a diversity of experience to 4Life,” said Matt Lisonbee, International and Sales Manager. “First, he understands our business model. Second, he’s operationally proficient. Finally, he’s a marketer, communicator, and field developer.”

During his professional career, O’Reilly has lived and worked throughout Asia and the United States with a focus on creating sustainable and profitable relationships with distributors.


Former Industry CFO Joins Nu Skin Board of Directors

Edwina Woodbury Edwina Woodbury

Nu Skin’s newest board member is no stranger to the direct selling industry, despite her current position at the helm of a personal publishing company. Having spent more than 20 years at an iconic direct seller, Edwina Woodbury, President and CEO of The Chapel Hill Press, returns to the industry to serve on Nu Skin’s board of directors.

From 1977 to 1998, Woodbury held a series of finance and operations roles at one of the industry’s celebrated beauty brands, eventually serving as finance chief for the company. In addition to leading The Chapel Hill Press, Woodbury currently sits on the board of RadioShack and the nonprofit Medical Foundation of North Carolina.

“Edwina brings a wealth of experience in our industry,” Executive Chairman of the Board, Steven J. Lund, said in a statement. “Her extensive and in-depth understanding of the financial and operational issues associated with global companies will provide significant insights and another strong voice to our board.”


Zija International Introduces Product Advisory Council

Joshua Plant Joshua Plant
Daniel Pénöel Daniel Pénöel
Pierre Franchomme Pierre Franchomme
Doug Nelson Doug Nelson
Karen Jensen Karen Jensen

Zija International, a direct seller of natural health, wellness, nutrition and fitness products, has established the new Zija Product Advisory Council. The purpose of the council was to bring together an experienced and expert group of professionals to help the company maintain the highest quality of sourcing, validation, and delivery practices for their product lines.

Joshua Plant, Ph.D., Chairman of the Zija Product Advisory Council, graduated from Harvard Medical School first in his class and has a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences. He has been published across several scientific journals for his work on cellular growth, metabolism and other health-related topics.

Daniel Pénöel, M.D., is an essential oil expert and medical practitioner as well as a Doctor of Medicine and homeopathy. He supports the use of clinical-grade essential oils for normal body function and has used essential oils as a practitioner around the world. Pénöel has published several books and been a public speaker worldwide.

Pierre Franchomme is a phytopharmacologist with more than 15 years of pharmacological lab management experience. He is an expert in essential oil screening, with an emphasis in inflammation and neurosciences and is the product formulator for a number of well-known health, wellness and beauty brands, including Estée Lauder, Origins and Aveda. Franchomme is the author of several books, including L’Aromathérapie exactement, which he co-authored with Pénöel.

Doug Nelson, Ph.D., is a farming and sourcing expert and former associate professor of recreation management at Brigham Young University. He serves as a Global Farm Manager and Global Farm Operations Strategic Advisor in the essential oil industry and has overseen the production and distillation of essential oil farms in Utah, Idaho, France and Ecuador.

Karen Jensen, MH, CM, is a healthy living expert and master herbalist, as well as a midwife. She has published several books about herbal health and midwifery and developed and taught courses for the National Association of Certified Natural Health Professionals.


Zrii Hires New Regional VP of South America

Carlos Lopez Ortega Carlos Lopez Ortega

Carlos Lopez Ortega has been hired as Regional Vice President of South America at nutrition and weight-loss company Zrii and will be based in Colombia. Lopez Ortega brings to Zrii a wealth of experience working for a billion-dollar, multinational direct selling brand as well as at Redbull and Coca Cola.

“I am extremely excited to assume the role of Regional Vice President of South America for Zrii,” said Lopez Ortega. “This position will allow me to work closely with the region’s field leaders to help them achieve stellar results.”


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