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January 01, 2013

Executive Announcements

January 2013

Blyth Inc.

Robert GoergenRobert B. Goergen Jr.

Blyth Inc., a designer and marketer of candles, accessories for the home, and health and wellness products, announced that Robert B. Goergen Jr. will assume the newly created role of President and Chief Operating Officer. He will retain his responsibilities as President, PartyLite Worldwide.

Goergen Jr. joined Blyth in 2000, initially overseeing Blyth’s web-oriented initiatives and strategic technology investments and, later, its acquisition strategy and implementation. He championed the initiative to expand Blyth’s direct-to-consumer presence, leading Blyth’s entry into the Catalog & Internet channel and later supported the expansion of direct selling while overseeing the divestitures that completed Blyth’s strategic transformation to a direct-to-consumer business.

Earlier this year, Goergen Jr. was appointed President, PartyLite Worldwide, having played an active role in overseeing new Blyth investments in PartyLite in addition to his other responsibilities.

Blyth Inc., headquartered in Greenwich, Conn., is a direct-to-consumer business focused on direct selling and direct marketing channels, selling its products primarily through PartyLite and ViSalus.


Kevin LindholmKevin Lindholm
David SokolowskiDavid Sokolowski
Kelly RichKelly Rich
Colette DahlColette Dahl

Neways, a direct seller of nutritional and personal-care products, has announced recent organizational changes. Kevin Lindholm was named as Director of Application Development. In his new role, Lindholm is leading the development of a new best-of-breed order-entry system to support Neways’ global distributor force.

David Sokolowski is now the Director of Enterprise Infrastructure. In this role, Sokolowski continues to develop global standards around security, telephony and business continuity. He will also complete Neways’ disaster-recovery initiative.

Kelly Rich has been appointed as Director of Global Market Support. She continues to lead the company’s business analytics and market-research activities, which provide data to support Neways’ Australian, New Zealand, European and North American markets.

Colette Dahl has assumed the responsibilities of Brand Manager. She manages Neways’ FitChoice weight-management system and continues to lead corporate public-relations activities for Neways.

Established in Utah in 1987, Neways manufactures and distributes approximately 300 personal-care items, including cosmetics and hair-care products, aromatherapy items and nutritional supplements. About 300,000 active Neways distributors share the products in 37 markets.

Avon Products Inc.

Patricia Perez-AyalaPatricia Perez-Ayala

Avon Products Inc. announced the appointment of Patricia Perez-Ayala as Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, and Global Brand & Category President. Perez-Ayala will report to Sheri McCoy, Avon’s CEO, and will join the company’s Executive Committee.

Perez-Ayala will be responsible for global management of Avon’s brand and marketing, including consumer insights, commercial marketing, digital marketing, and product category strategy and execution. She will also have oversight of Avon research and development, new product development and packaging, and the Liz Earle business.

Perez-Ayala joins Avon following more than 20 years with the Procter & Gamble Co., most recently as Vice President and General Manager, Eastern Europe.

Avon, the company for women, is a leading global beauty company, with over $11 billion in annual revenue. As the world’s largest direct seller, Avon markets to women in more than 100 countries through over 6 million active independent Avon Sales Representatives.

Computer Vision Systems Laboratories Corp.

Computer Vision Systems Laboratories Corp. (CVSL) announced the appointment of six new members to its board of directors.

CVSL is a development-stage company and is engaged in the development of products intended for medical uses. Plans are under way to make CVSL the platform for a broad strategy of acquiring multiple privately held direct selling companies.

Tami LongabergerTami Longaberger

Tami Longaberger is Chairman and CEO of The Longaberger Co., a 40-year-old direct selling company that offers hand crafted baskets and other home furnishings. In 2006, President George W. Bush, appointed her chair of the National Women’s Business Council.

Michael Bishop is President of Actiprime, a personal-care and healthy lifestyle product development and marketing company and President of ActiTech, a full-service, third-party manufacturer of personal- and hair-care products, as well as health and wellness products. He founded Active Organics, a natural ingredient supplier to the personal-care industry.

Kelly L. Kittrell, CFA, has more than 25 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance, advising clients on sell-side mandates, buy-side engagements, valuations and capital raising. He is Chief Investment Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Richmont Holdings.

Russell R. Mack is a former member of President Ronald Reagan’s White House staff with 40 years of experience in the field of communication and marketing. He is Executive Vice President for Communication and Marketing at Richmont Holdings.

William H. Randall is a 35-year veteran of the direct selling industry who has served in sales, marketing and other senior executive positions in such companies. He is a past board member of the Direct Selling Association and is Founder and Chairman of HatchHoldings LLC.

John Rochon Jr. is Vice Chairman and CEO of Richmont Holdings. He has expertise in capital markets and is experienced in financial analysis, mergers and acquisitions, technology and the review, structuring and management of new business opportunities. He now oversees Richmont Holdings’ financial analysis of potential business transactions and plays a leading role in guiding strategic planning for Richmont.

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