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January 01, 2015

Executive Announcements

Executive Announcements, January 2015

Avon Strengthens Management Structure during Turnaround

David LegherDavid Legher
Fernando AcostaFernando Acosta
John HigsonJohn Higson

Avon Products Inc. announced a series of changes to the company’s management structure designed to support its multiyear turnaround plan. Avon’s Latin America management responsibilities will be divided between two Avon executives who will each oversee a defined set of markets within the region, the company’s largest sales region. David Legher, currently Senior Vice President and President of Avon Brazil, will assume additional responsibility for the South Market Group. He will report directly to CEO Sheri McCoy and join Avon’s Executive Committee. Fernando Acosta, currently Senior Vice President and President, Latin America, will retain responsibility for North Latin America and the Andean Cluster.

Legher is a 13-year veteran of Avon having held positions of increasing responsibility throughout Avon Latin America, leading up to management of the company’s largest market, Avon Brazil. He will maintain his responsibility for the Brazilian market. 

Avon also announced changes in the marketing organization and increased support of the sales organizations in its key markets.

Acosta, in addition to his management responsibilities in North Latin America and the Andean Cluster, will take on additional responsibility as Avon’s Head of Global Brand Marketing. In this role, he will lead all global marketing activities, including brand, product category strategy, and research and development. He continues to report to McCoy and serve on the company’s Executive Committee. 

Acosta has led Avon’s Latin America region for more than three years. Prior to joining Avon, he spent 19 years at Unilever where he advanced through a series of senior marketing and operating positions for some of Unilever’s most prominent brands.

John Higson, currently Senior Vice President and President, Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA), will take on an expanded role as Head of Global Field Operations. In this capacity, he will provide assessment and advisory support to the sales teams in Avon’s top 12 markets. Higson will maintain responsibility for the Avon EMEA business unit. He continues to report to McCoy and serve on the company’s Executive Committee.

During his 29-year career at Avon, Higson has held a variety of sales, strategy and general management assignments.

Herbalife Creates New Role in Corporate Affairs

Amy GreeneAmy Greene
Dr. Ismet TamerDr. Ismet Tamer

Global nutrition company Herbalife announced the appointment of Amy Greene to the newly created role of Senior Vice President, Global Engagement, reporting to Alan Hoffman, Executive Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs. In this role, Greene will work closely with community leaders, non-government organizations (NGOs), industry groups, think tanks and other key influencers to educate them about Herbalife and the important role the company plays in society.

Greene, who has been with Herbalife since 2009, was formerly responsible for all investment community communications, including institutional marketing and interaction. In addition, she had responsibility for the company’s engagement with the NGO community in the U.S.

As a result of this change, Herbalife also announces the appointment of Alan Quan to the role of Vice President, Investor Relations, reporting to John DeSimone, Chief Financial Officer. Quan joined Herbalife in 2007 and has held a number of roles, most recently as Vice President of Business Optimization and Real Estate, leading the implementation of the company’s program of enhancements.

Herbalife also announced that leading nutrition and health expert Ismet Tamer, M.D. has been appointed to its Nutrition Advisory Board. Dr. Tamer brings many years of experience in medicine, academia, and research in the area of nutrition to Herbalife and its NAB.

Immunotec Names New Board Member

Robert RaichRobert Raich

Immunotec Inc., a direct-to-consumer company in the nutritional industry, announced the appointment of Robert Raich as an additional member of its board of directors.

Raich is a Senior Partner at the legal firm Spiegel Sohmer. He joined the firm in 1976 and served as its Managing Partner from 1985 to 2011. Raich is a senior member of the firm’s taxation law department, specializing in corporate tax planning and reorganizations, international tax law and estate planning. He also possesses extensive experience in commercial transactions.

Raich has also served on numerous public boards and has been a member of both the audit committee and the compensation committee for such publicly listed companies.

“We are extremely pleased that Mr. Robert Raich will be joining our Board,” said Rod Budd, Chairman of the Board. “With his experience and expertise Robert will have a significant and positive impact on Immunotec.”

CVSL Elects New Member to its Board

CVSL Inc. announced that the company has elected John W. Bickel to its board of directors.

Bickel brings with him decades of experience as a commercial litigation attorney; broad and deep experience in corporate law, governance, and dispute resolution; and analytical skills and leadership abilities. He co-founded the Dallas- and New York-based national law firm Bickel & Brewer, where he served as an equity partner for over 30 years. He currently heads the firm of Bickel PLLC.

After Bickel obtained a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, he received infantry and parachute training, and served three years as an officer in an infantry battalion and aide-de-camp to a general officer of the U.S. Army. Pursuing and receiving a law degree, Bickel later completed his West Point obligation as a trial attorney in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. As a business litigator he was selected by his peers as a Top 100 Lawyer in the State of Texas.

Bickel has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and has served terms as a trustee of the West Point Association of Graduates. He has not been appointed to serve on any committee of the CVSL board.

Dr. Adam FriedmanDr. Adam Friedman Dr. Neal BhatiaDr. Neal Bhatia
Dr. Mira StotlandDr. Mira Stotland Marie BertrandMarie Bertrand
Dr. Debra J. WattenbergDr. Debra J. Wattenberg Dr. Karthik KrishnamurthyDr. Karthik Krishnamurthy

Nerium Establishes Scientific Advisory Board

Nerium International, a direct seller of anti-aging skincare products, announced the establishment of a Scientific Advisory Board, comprised of the following notable scientists and dermatologists: Dr. Adam Friedman, Dr. Neal Bhatia, Dr. Mira Stotland, Marie Bertrand, Dr. Debra J. Wattenberg and Dr. Karthik Krishnamurthy. The mission of the Nerium International Scientific Advisory Board is to educate consumers about the efficacy and safety of Nerium’s products while also providing feedback on new product development.

The Scientific Advisory Board will be chaired by Adam Friedman, MD, FAAD. Dr. Friedman is a board-certified dermatologist, Director of Dermatologic Research and Assistant Professor of Medicine (dermatology), physiology and biophysics at the Unified Division of Dermatology of Montefiore Medical Center – Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.

Dr. Neal Bhatia is a board-certified dermatologist and Clinical Director of Dermatology at Therapeutics Clinical Research in San Diego and Interim Program Director at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California.

Dr. Mira Stotland is a board-certified dermatologist and a specialist in skin cancer prevention and treatment, cosmetic dermatology and laser surgery in Los Angeles.

Marie Bertrand is a microbiologist, skin scientist and Founder of SkinScience Center in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Dr. Debra J. Wattenberg is a board-certified dermatologist, dermatologic surgeon and Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

Dr. Karthik Krishnamurthy is a board-certified dermatologist and an Associate Professor of Dermatology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.

Take Shape For Life Finds Multinational Experience in New President

Mona AmeliMona Ameli

Medifast Inc., a U.S. manufacturer and provider of clinically proven, weight-loss products and programs, announces the appointment of Mona Ameli as President of Take Shape For Life, the company’s Direct Selling Division.

“From building multinational consumer packaged goods’ brands, to developing new products and expanding business units internationally, Mona Ameli brings a diverse corporate background with a distinguished portfolio in the direct selling arena,” said Meg Sheetz, CEO of Take Shape For Life and President and COO of Medifast.

Ameli brings more than 20 years of expertise in consumer products and the direct selling industry, both in the U.S. and global markets. Most recently, Ameli served as General Manager of a Latin American direct seller, where she led the U.S. beauty and lifestyle products business. Ameli serves on the Direct Selling Association Diversity Council.

Medifast also announced the appointment of Kenneth Kopp as Vice President of Medifast Direct. As Vice President, Kopp will direct overall sales and profits of Medifast’s direct response channel. Areas of focus will include P&L oversight, web and marketing content strategy, promotional campaign development, and customer journey management. Kopp will follow the ongoing process of testing, measuring, and improving initiatives to grow customer acquisition and retention.

Kopp has more than 20 years of direct-to-consumer experience, including several years at Guthy|Renke. Previously, he served as Founder and Vice President of Marketing for Matrix Media Consulting in Los Angeles. Kopp has helped to grow many notable companies, including Warranty Corporation of America, a division of Asurion Corp, and Western International Media.

ForeverGreen Appoints New President

Jeff Graham Jeff Graham

ForeverGreen Worldwide Corp., a direct marketing company and provider of health-centered products, announced the appointment of Jeff Graham as President of North American Operations and Steven Wu as General Manager of Greater China.

Graham, an industry veteran, brings a wealth of industry knowledge and experience to the position. He started off in direct selling playing a key role in product development for nine years. After a period of time pursuing his own entrepreneurial endeavors, he returned to the industry in 2005, and spent eight years helping another direct seller during a very strong growth period. As Head of Product Development and President of North America he oversaw operations for the company’s two largest markets.

Graham also maintains ownership in a number of ventures, including three Utah County-based restaurants.

Wu has 18 years of professional experience in direct marketing and sales. He has worked for multiple companies with extensive product lines, where his roles included chief marketing officer, senior marketing manager and general manager. Wu was responsible for the creation of various distribution teams to increase sale volume and establish new markets. He has hosted leadership meetings, and he will work to grow sales volume in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

As a manager at other large multinational companies in the region, Wu has implemented several sales and logistical support strategies. He is also an author, having published a book on marketing for the industry.

Wu’s appointment coincides with the opening of ForeverGreen’s new office in Hong Kong, which acts as a central location for ForeverGreen’s business in the city, including product distribution and member services.

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