February 01, 2012
Alticor, the parent company of direct selling company Amway, has appointed Michael Cazer as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, Cazer is a member of the company’s senior executive staff, reporting to Chairman Steve Van Andel and President Doug DeVos.
Cazer joins the company with more than 20 years of global financial leadership experience, including CFO positions at General Electric and Brink’s Co.
At Alticor, Cazer will lead worldwide financial functions, including treasury, accounting, taxes, financial reporting, forecasting, financial planning, insurance and information technology.
Based in Ada, Mich., Alticor offers consumer products and business opportunities, as well as product development, manufacturing and logistics services in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide.
Robert B. Goergen Jr.
Blyth Inc., a direct selling and direct marketing company focused on home fragrance, home décor and products that support healthy living, announced that Robert B. Goergen Jr. has been appointed President, Direct Selling Group and President, PartyLite Worldwide. Goergen succeeds Anne M. Butler.
Goergen has been President of the company’s Multi-Channel Group since 2007. He leads business development and corporate technology initiatives for Blyth and is a member of the Office of the Chairman. Goergen joined Blyth in 2000 as Director, Internet Strategy and E-Business Initiatives Group.
Robert B. Goergen Sr., Blyth’s Chairman of the Board and CEO, will assume direct responsibility for the Multi-Channel Group during Goergen Jr.’s tenure at PartyLite.
Blyth Inc., headquartered in Greenwich, Conn., is a multi-channel company primarily focused on direct selling, offering its products directly to the consumer through PartyLite and ViSalus Sciences.
LiveSmart 360, a network marketing company with a full product line of advanced nutritional products, announced that Jeffrey Bourgoyne has joined the company as Chief Operating Officer.
Bourgoyne’s operating background includes 20 years of executive level experience in the nutrition, personal care and pharmaceutical industries. He has established direct selling operations in North America, Asia Pacific and Europe. Bourgoyne operated a management consulting practice for the past four years with a focus on Direct Sales and logistics.
His responsibilities will include the management of all LiveSmart 360 operations, human resources, finance, supply chain and contract administration.
LiveSmart 360 has also announced that motivational coach, author and speaker Jack Zufelt has joined the company’s executive team. In this role, he will implement a results-driven training system exclusively for LiveSmart 360 members.
Jack Zufelt is the best-selling author of The DNA of Success, which is now published in 15 languages. He was selected by Winners Digest, a publication for Fortune 500 executives, as one of the two most effective speakers in the United States. He was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Merit by the President of the United States, and has been honored by the U.S. Senate for his teachings.
USANA Health Sciences
USANA has announced that Doug Braun has been named Vice President of Marketing and Dan Macuga has been promoted to Chief Communications Officer.
Braun brings to USANA more than 20 years of direct selling experience. He was most recently the president of another direct seller, where he provided strategic guidance to independent consultants and was responsible for business development, global sales and marketing.
Braun, who starts his new position at USANA’s corporate office effective immediately, will fill Macuga’s previous position.
Prior to his new role as Chief Communications Officer, Macuga spent 15 years with the Chrysler Corp. before coming to USANA in 2007. Since then, he has built an award-winning PR and social media department, expanded USANA’s global marketing reach and helped the company achieve growth in sales.
USANA Health Sciences develops and manufactures high-quality nutritional, personal care, energy and weight-management products that are sold directly to preferred customers and associates throughout the world.
Immunotec Mourns the Death of Dr. Gustavo Bounous
Dr. Gustavo Bounous
Immunotec Inc. Executive Chairman and CEO Robert M. Henry announced the passing of Dr. Gustavo Bounous at the age of 83.
Born in Luserna, Italy, in 1928, Dr. Gustavo Bounous began his distinguished career in medical research as a Research Fellow in surgery at the Indiana Medical Center, Indianapolis, which led to his appointment as Professor of Surgery, first at the University of Sherbrooke (1973-1985) and then at McGill University (1985-1993). Dr. Bounous was awarded the 1965 medal of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. In 1968, he was named Career Investigator of the Medical Research Council, an award that was reconfirmed until 1993, the year of his retirement from McGill University.
It was Dr. Bounous’ research with colleagues at McGill University that led to the discovery of a dietary protein source that would boost the immune system, later to be developed as a high-quality bioactive material given the name Immunocal®. Dr. Bounous later said, “Discoveries are not made by scientific committee; they’re made by individuals who have been lucky and persistent.”
John Molson, Immunotec Vice President, Research & Development, who worked at the right-hand of Dr. Bounous for more than 10 years, said, “I feel deeply privileged to have met and worked with a true genius whose work will make a difference in the lives of millions for generations to come.”
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