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February 01, 2016

Executive Announcements

Executive Announcements, February 2016

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Rodan + Fields Hires New Chief as Lori Bush Retires

Diane DietzDiane Dietz

Rodan + Fields has chosen Diane Dietz as its new President and CEO, following the retirement of Lori Bush. Dietz, who most recently served as Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President at Safeway Inc., has more than 25 years of experience running large and complex businesses and brands.

“Diane has a strong track record for leadership and building global brands,” said Amnon Rodan, Chairman of Rodan + Fields’ Board of Directors. “This combined with her expertise in operations management, makes Diane uniquely qualified to lead Rodan + Fields successfully into the future.” Rodan also thanked Bush for her leadership and dedication to the company and for being “a driving force behind our remarkable success.”

While at Safeway, a food and drug retailer, Dietz was responsible for the multibillion-dollar profit and loss reporting of the business units and all functions related to marketing, merchandising, loyalty and digital strategy, and the private-label business. She was also responsible for the company’s extensive supply chain, including all distribution and manufacturing. Prior to her position at Safeway, Dietz spent nearly 20 years with Procter & Gamble.

“To be entrusted with the responsibility to continue to realize the Founders’ vision is truly a privilege,” said Dietz. “I am eager to begin what will be an exciting journey to drive the long-term success of Rodan + Fields.”

Bush, whose leadership set the tone for the skin care company since its move to direct selling in 2007, will retain her seat on the company’s board and serve as an advisor to the incoming CEO.

“It has been an honor and privilege to be entrusted with the founders’ brand and mission over the past eight years, and I couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve built together,” said Bush. “I look forward to continued involvement with Rodan + Fields while enjoying more time with my family in my retirement.”

Natura Appoints Andrea Álvares as Chief Marketing Officer

Andrea ÁlvaresAndrea Álvares

Brazilian cosmetics giant Natura has appointed Andrea Figueiredo Teixeira Álvares as the company’s new Chief Marketing Officer.

With a degree in business administration, Álvares has built her career in prominent multinational companies. In her most recent company, she spent 15 years leading different divisions of PepsiCo in Latin America. There she served as Head of Marketing for the beverages business and later Senior Marketing Director of South America, before becoming the first woman to assume a General Manager role in PepsiCo Brazil with leadership over beverages and later salty snacks.

Prior to PepsiCo, Álvares worked as New Business Grouper and Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble’s Brazilian business for seven years.

Founded in 1969, Natura is one of the largest beauty and personal care companies in Latin America. Ranking at No. 6 with $3.20 billion on the 2015 DSN Global 100 list of top direct selling companies in the world, Natura reached a milestone in 2014, when it became the first publicly traded company to attain B Corps certification, a testament to the company’s environmental and social stewardship.

Herbalife Taps Tod Gimbel for Asia Pacific Public Affairs Role

Tod GimbelTod Gimbel
Dr. Francis Gregory SamonteDr. Francis Gregory Samonte

Global nutrition company Herbalife has hired Tod Gimbel to lead government affairs in Asia Pacific.

Gimbel, who took on the position of Vice President of Asia Pacific government affairs in December 2015, joins Herbalife from public policy firm Landmark Asia, where he has been Managing Director for the past two years.

Previously he held senior corporate affairs roles at Citi, Levi Strauss and Kraft Foods in the region. Before his move to Asia in 2006, Gimbel worked at Altria.

He joins Herbalife at a time when the Los Angeles-based brand is bolstering its global corporate affairs function. Earlier this year, the company welcomed a new Senior Vice President for Global Government Relations, Ric Hobby; Senior Vice President for Global Corporate Communications, Megan Jordan; and Vice President, Government and Industry Affairs, Randall Popelka.

Gimbel will remain in Singapore and be responsible for Herbalife’s government affairs strategy throughout Asia Pacific, exclusive
of China.

Herbalife also has increased the membership of its Nutrition Advisory Board to 30 with the appointment of Dr. Francis Gregory Samonte, an expert in pediatric neurology and the first Filipino member of the board.

Currently based in Manila, Philippines, Samonte studied at De La Salle University College of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Medical School. For his past work in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, Samonte was a recipient of the Chairman’s Achievement Award.

These new additions reflect the company’s growing interest in the Asia Pacific region, which accounted for 20 percent of revenue in third-quarter 2015.

Nature’s Sunshine Adds New Board Member

J. Christopher TeetsJ. Christopher Teets

Nature’s Sunshine has appointed J. Christopher Teets to its Board of Directors. Teets will serve as an independent director temporarily until an official election is held during the next shareholders’ meeting. He also will serve on the Audit Committee and the Compliance Committee.

Teets has been a Partner of Red Mountain Capital Partners, an investment management firm, since February 2005. Before joining Red Mountain, he was an investment banker at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs in 2000, Teets worked in the investment banking division of Citigroup.

He currently serves on the boards of directors of Marlin Business Services Corp. and Air Transport Services Group Inc. Teets holds a bachelor’s degree from Occidental College and an M.Sc. degree from the London School of Economics.

Vic Catalfamo Joins Modere as Chief Marketing Officer

Vic CatalfamoVic Catalfamo

Modere, a portfolio of lifestyle essentials for clean living, has appointed Vic Catalfamo as Chief Marketing Officer.

Catalfamo is a seasoned executive, leveraging more than 24 years of experience in pioneering digital marketing strategies for consumer products at Procter & Gamble. Throughout his career, his efforts in innovation have secured 24 global patents. Catalfamo most recently was responsible for designing and executing strategic partnerships and advanced media solutions as the Senior Vice President of Global Strategic Media at Viant. At Modere, formerly known as Neways, he succeeds Bob Finigan, who will transition to the newly created role of Chief Brand Officer.

“Vic and Bob will be instrumental as we work to realize the global vision and potential of the Modere brand and business,” said Robert Conlee, CEO of Modere. “Vic has a unique background in the areas of integrated digital marketing strategy and consumer product development, and I am confident that his experience will strengthen our ability to execute our transformational vision.”

Catalfamo, along with the Modere product development and marketing teams, will be located in the newly opened Newport Beach, California, office.

Natural Health Trends Expands Board of Directors

Yiu Tung (Enoch) ChanYiu Tung (Enoch) Chan

Health and wellness direct seller Natural Health Trends Corp. is growing the size of its Board of Directors with the addition of Yiu Tung (Enoch) Chan as a director. Chan has extensive business experience in the Chinese market and most recently served as a partner in Grant Thornton’s Tax and Business Advisory Group in Guangzhou, China.

The board also appointed Chan to the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

Jade & Jasper Hires Executive Director, Field Development

Grace CalderonGrace Calderon

Boutique-style fashion jewelry company Jade & Jasper New York has hired Grace Calderon as Executive Director of Training and Field Development.

Calderon brings to Jade & Jasper an extensive portfolio with much experience in growing established direct sales companies. Most recently, she served as the National Sales Director for a startup in the skincare industry. Calderon’s direct sales career began in the field as an entrepreneur who built her own multimillion-dollar organization.

“We are thrilled about the expertise and energy that Grace brings to Jade & Jasper. Her key skills will assist us in building our sales force to accelerate Jade & Jasper’s market penetration and brand presence nationwide,” says Anne Lee, Vice President of Sales & Marketing.

Founded in 2001 in New York City, Jade & Jasper creates high-quality jewelry that is both distinctive and affordable.

Well & Company Partners with IndyCar Racer Pippa Mann

Pippa MannPippa Mann
Michelle MerriwetherMichelle Merriwether

Wellness seeker and entrepreneur Pippa Mann, a British race car driver now living in the U.S., has teamed with startup Well & Company, representing the company as a Wellness Ambassador.

The first ever British female to contest the Indy 500, Mann qualified for the 500-mile race in 2011, and went on to race in the event in 2013, 2014 and 2015, most recently partnering with the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

“Pippa is a role model in the self-care revolution. Every day she is challenged to live her best life by competing in an extremely challenging sport that has few female competitors,” says Maigread Eichten, Well & Company CEO.

Well & Company also selected Michelle Merriwether to join the company as Executive Vice President of Field Sales. Merriwether brings more than 20 years of executive management and leadership experience to Well & Company, having contributed to the growth of established and emerging brands in the direct selling industry.

Co-founded by Maigread Eichten and Dr. James Rouse in 2014, Well & Company is based in San Francisco and offers nutritional products supported by a science-driven lifestyle system.