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August 01, 2017

Executive Announcements

Executive Announcements, August 2017



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Avon Appoints Jonathan Myers as Chief Operating Officer

London-based Avon Products Inc. has appointed Jonathan Myers as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, effective Sept. 1. Myers will assume leadership of Avon’s Brand Marketing and Product Research & Development, Digital Information Technology and Global Supply Chain. He will be based at Avon’s headquarters in London.

Myers brings to Avon significant operational and management experience in global markets, including emerging markets. He has expertise in executing growth strategies, integrating teams and managing a complex and diverse range of customers and channels. At both Kellogg and Procter & Gamble, he led major brand and product programs to drive innovation, while pioneering e-commerce capabilities in China and the U.K. to increase awareness and trial of new products and categories. 

Most recently, Myers served as Kellogg’s Vice President, Western European Markets, and Managing Director, U.K. and Ireland, where he successfully built the business and strengthened the organization. Prior to Kellogg, he had a successful 20-year career at Procter & Gamble. 

“I am delighted to be joining Avon at such a critical time in the company’ transformation,” said Myers. “With a 130-year history, the largest global representative network and leadership positions across a number of key markets and categories, Avon is positioned as one of the world’s premier beauty brands.”


Herbalife Nutrition Announces New additions to Corporate Leadership Team

Los-Angeles-based Herbalife Nutrition has tapped Frank Lamberti to take on the role of Executive Vice President and Managing Director, The Americas and Worldwide Marketing.

In his new role, Lamberti will lead global marketing and will work closely with Herbalife distributors and their customers across a region that includes the United States, Canada, South and Central America and Mexico.

Lamberti has been with Herbalife since 2005. He was formerly the Senior Vice President of Strategic Business Initiatives, responsible for overseeing several key initiatives for the company, including oversight of the FTC implementation. Prior to joining Herbalife, Lamberti held management roles in finance, consumer services and accounting at Sunbeam Corporation, DHL and Rexall Sundown, among others.

The company also announced the recent appointment of Richard Werber to Acting General Counsel while the company conducts a search for the role. The previous general counsel, Mark Friedman, is now working on special projects for the company.

As Acting General Counsel of Herbalife, Werber has global responsibility for all legal departments for the company’s business around the world. He has over 30 years of legal experience and served as the Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Rexall Sundown Inc., a multinational manufacturer of nutritional supplements and sports nutrition products.


Mary Kay Names Philippines General Manager

Dallas, Texas-based Mary Kay Inc. has promoted Sobee Duenas Choa to General Manager of Mary Kay Philippines.

Choa has been with Mary Kay for eight years. She returned to the Philippines a number of months ago to focus on growing the company’s local market, which she believes has yet to achieve its full potential. “It’s one of the reasons I came home,” Choa said. “I saw how successful other countries were, and I was like, my own country has so much potential, why aren’t we there yet?”

As the head of Mary Kay Philippines, Choa brings with her over two decades of experience working in the beauty industry. She started her career with another direct selling beauty brand’s Philippines business in 1995 under the company’s brand management function. She later moved to L’Oreal, managing brands such as Lancome, Maybelline and Garnier before returning to her prior direct selling company as part of its Asia-Pacific regional brand marketing center. 

In 2009, Choa joined Mary Kay and was based in Hong Kong as Regional Manager for Asia-Pacific, as well as Acting Marketing Manager for Singapore and Malaysia. There she was able to help Mary Kay Philippines build its brand awareness and improve the company’s price point in the region. 


Origami Owl Co-Founder Chrissy Weems Becomes CEO

Chandler, Arizona-based Origami Owl, the custom jewelry direct seller, has announced that the company’s co-founder, Chrissy Weems, will be stepping in as CEO.

In 2010, Chrissy and her then 14-year-old daughter, Bella Weems-Lambert, started the company as a way for Bella to buy a car once she turned 16. It has since become a global social selling company with over 45,000 independent business entrepreneurs, referred to as Designers.

In the new leadership position, Chrissy has big plans to lead with heart, while continuing to live the mission of Origami Owl: to love, inspire and motivate people of all ages to reach their dreams and empower them to make a difference in the lives of others.

“I’m committed to getting back to the basics of what made this company so successful—people first, creating a ripple effect of good, leading with intention, connecting people in meaningful ways,” Chrissy said. “In addition, we believe the youth are our future, and we are committed to giving them the tools they need to be successful.”

She said that the Origami Owl Owlette Program, which holds a special place in Bella’s heart, will move to the forefront once again. This program provides a unique opportunity for youth, ages 11–17, to work alongside their parent who is an Origami Owl Designer. 


Steeped Tea Appoints New President

Ancaster, Ontario, Canada-based Steeped Tea Inc., the direct seller of loose-leaf tea, food items and accessories, has named Melanie Hayden Sparks as President.

Sparks’ appointment marks a strategic move by Steeped Tea founders Tonia and Hatem Jahshan, and the executive team, to engage a visionary leader with a wealth of business knowledge and acumen to take the company to the next level. 

Sparks brings over 30 years of direct selling experience to the position and a track record for producing positive results. Her leadership experience includes appointments as President of a candle direct seller’s business in Canada and International Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Watkins Incorporated, as well as several other leadership roles with U.S. and Canadian companies.

“Her vast experience building high-performing teams and engaging Independent Consultants is what we need to continue the momentum in Canada and ignite our U.S. expansion,” said Tonia Jahshan, Co-Founder and Chair of the Board.

Steeped Tea was founded in 2006 and is a five-time Profit 500 fastest growing company. A contributing force to the company’s success was its partnership in 2012 with David Chilton and Jim Treliving, investors from the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. show, Dragon’s Den, the Canadian version of Shark Tank


Shelly Maguire Joins Zija Product Advisory Council

Lehi, Utah-based Zija International has welcomed skin care and beauty expert Shelly Maguire to its Product Advisory Council.

Maguire brings with her decades of experience in the channel. She has developed and brought to market over 50 anti-aging skincare products since 2001. Along with her time as a regular presenter on Home Shopping Network Live TV, Live TV Worldwide and infomercials, Maguire has been a radio show host and is a published author.

“We are thrilled to have Shelly Maguire as a part of the Zija Product Advisory Council,” said Dr. Joshua Plant, COO and Chairman of the Council. “Her unique and accomplished background will provide Zija Members with unprecedented skin care and beauty knowledge, and will help us expand the GenM Personal Care line even further.”

Diagnosed at the age of 12 with Cystic Fibrosis and given a life expectancy of 18 years, Maguire became interested in health and wellness to help combat her disease as well as her own skin challenges. Her passion to help others and interact with them personally led her to the direct sales channel. She has used her own life experiences to inspire, motivate and help people worldwide.