December 21, 2011
Univera Inc. announced they have expanded their executive team with the addition of Casey Harris as Senior In-House Legal Counsel and Ron Billock as Chief Information Officer.
Harris joins Univera bringing experience in intellectual property, general corporate legal matters and international regulatory affairs.
Billock will be responsible for Univera’s information technology infrastructure and applications, including Univera’s web presence. He brings more than 25 years’ experience in information technology management, leading teams around the world to bring strategic competitive advantage through the use of technology.
Univera Inc. is a cell renewal-focused relationship marketing company offering nutrition products and home- business opportunity for nearly 100,000 people in North America.
4Life executives announced the appointment of Hajime Takayama as Japan’s new General Manager.
Takayama is a veteran in the network marketing industry with over 25 years of experience. His career background includes positions in sales, marketing, and training and he has recently served in several senior level management positions in both Japan-based and foreign-based network marketing companies.
Takayama’s background includes the creation of strong growth markets by building and fostering strong distributor relationships through corporate marketing and field development.
4Life has offices on five continents to service a global network of independent distributors through science, success and service.
Medifast has announced the addition of Michelle Jones as its new Senior Vice President of Take Shape for Life. Jones joins the team with over 15 years of experience in the industry, where she focused on national training and sales development. In Take Shape for Life, she will oversee the areas of marketing, training and field operations. Her direct selling experience will serve to help implement industry best practices within TSFL, while also aligning with the complete Medifast executive team to improve growth in new health coach acquisition and retention.
Medifast Inc. is a provider of clinically proven, portion-controlled weight-loss programs. The company sells its products and programs via four unique distribution channels: the web and national call centers; the Take Shape for Life personal coaching division; medically supervised Medifast Weight Control Centers; and a national network of wholesale physicians and medical practices.
Stella & Dot
Stella & Dot has announced that Leslie Blodgett, Executive Chairman of Bare Escentuals, has joined its board of directors.
While at Bare Escentuals, Blodgett has been recognized as one of the “Top Entrepreneurs of the Decade: 2000- 2009” by Inc. magazine. With a background in product development, including positions at other beauty and cosmetic companies, she launched bareMinerals, an award-winning line of mineral- based products in 1995. In 2006, Blodgett took Bare Escentuals public, and later, the company was acquired by Shiseido, the Japan-based global cosmetics company. Serving on the board of Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW), Blodgett was also the first recipient of the organization’s Achiever Award in 2006 for her contributions to the industry. She was honored at CEW’s annual ‘Beauty of Giving’ luncheon in 2009 for her commitment to women.
Blodgett joins as the sixth member of the board of directors.
Founded in 2004, Stella & Dot now has more than 18,000 fashion entrepreneurs in North America offering custom designs exclusively through in-home trunk shows by independent stylists and online.
North American Power
North American Power, a retail energy supplier, has hired Paul Rossi as Vice President of its new natural gas division and Matt Redett as its new Chief Financial Officer.
Rossi is former director of U.S. Natural Gas Commodity Operations for UBS Investment Bank, with 32 years of experience in the energy industry, including wholesale and retail energy commodities and regulated utilities. He was Manager of Regulatory Affairs for UIL Holdings Corp., including its principal operating subsidiary, The United Illuminating Company, and active in Northeast energy markets as Director of Natural Gas Supply for Southern Connecticut Gas Company. His experience also includes regulatory and planning matters within energy companies.
Redett has been involved with all aspects of electricity deregulation since 1997. He has built retail and wholesale businesses from the ground up multiple times. Redett was the Director of Finance for Gamesa Energy USA, wind farm development, and was Director of Finance and Operations at Juice Energy, a supplier to commercial and industrial customers in New York and Texas.
LiveSmart 360, a network marketing company with a full product line of advanced nutritional products, announced that Charles Hallberg has joined the executive team and is providing hands-on expertise as well as a new infusion of capital. As the company’s financial partner, Hallberg is helping position LiveSmart 360 for major growth in the coming year by funding the development and launch of a new all- natural, multi-functional, nutritional and weight-loss shake.
In his new role, Hallberg will select executives and set budgets, operational guidelines, project management schedules and financial evaluations.
Hallberg founded MemberHealth Inc., a pharmacy benefits management company, in 1998 with a small-business loan of $75,000. MemberHealth quickly grew, landing a major federal contract, which resulted in an increase of about $1 billion in revenue. In 2007, MemberHealth was No. 1 in the Inc. 500 ranking when the company was purchased by Universal American Financial for $630 million.
LiveSmart 360 sells a full range of products for home and personal care, weight loss, and added energy, with more than 160,000 Members in 93 countries.
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