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January 04, 2016

Executive Announcements

Executive Announcements, January 2016

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Heather Chastain Named President of Shaklee U.S. and Canada

Shaklee Corp. has appointed Heather Chastain as President of Shaklee U.S. and Canada, a role that gives Chastain responsibility for partnering with the Shaklee field to generate growth and success for Shaklee Independent Distributors in these important markets. 

Heather ChastainHeather Chastain

With 20 years of experience in direct selling, Chastain brings a comprehensive understanding of the sales, marketing, manufacturing and operations functional areas, with a strong, collaborative and relational style of management and leadership. 

Shaklee Chairman and CEO Roger Barnett said, “We are very fortunate to have Heather join our Shaklee family.  She is a superb executive with a proven track record of generating growth in the direct selling industry. In addition, she is truly a delightful person and will be an outstanding partner to me and our entire Shaklee family.”

Prior to joining Shaklee, Chastain served as Senior Vice President and Chief Sales Officer with a leading personal-care and wellness company. She also has held other leadership roles in the industry in the capacity of President and Vice President. She served on the board of the U.S. Direct Selling Association and was Chair of the DSA Ethics Committee.

“Shaklee is an iconic brand in our channel with outstanding products and a strong track record of integrity and innovation. It’s exciting and such a privilege to be working with this group of professionals to help create the next chapter of growth for this legendary company,” Chastain said.

Ryan Reigle to Lead Regal Ware’s Saladmaster Cookware Division

Ryan ReigleRyan Reigle

Ryan Reigle has been promoted to President of the Saladmaster Cookware division at Regal Ware Inc., where he will oversee all Saladmaster activity worldwide.

A fourth generation descendent of Regal Ware Founder J.O. Reigle, he began his career with Regal Ware in 2007 as Manager of International Sales. Since January 2013 Reigle has served as Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing for the Saladmaster Division.

Before joining Regal Ware, he worked as a Relationship Manager for both Harris Bank and Northbrook Bank & Trust Company in Illinois, bringing extensive knowledge of developing profitable business relationships and exceeding customer needs and expectations, plus he has regulatory requirement experience.

Plexus Hires Mike Green as Chief Information Officer

Mike GreenMike Green

Health firm Plexus Worldwide is bolstering its technology expertise with the appointment of a new Chief Information Officer, Mike Green.

Green is no stranger to direct selling, previously having led IT operations for two companies within the industry. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Information Technology, establishing and structuring the IT department at a young company that has topped $200 million in annual revenue. Green’s earlier career included the role of Vice President of Technology at another company, where he also served as Interim CIO, directing all global IT initiatives.

“Mike brings a heightened focus and prioritization that will drive our IT team and benefit Plexus,” Chief Marketing Officer Alec Clark said. “His history of success at network marketing sales organizations will bridge the gap between our business goals and IT initiatives while spearheading the design of globally solid, reliable systems from concept to production.”

A statement by Plexus describes Green as a leader with a “hands-on management style focused on building and motivating IT teams.” In 14 years of leadership, Green has guided teams across numerous functions, including software development, web development, ERP, WMS, IT operations, help desk and project management.

Ryan Goodwin Joins LifeVantage as Chief Marketing Officer

Ryan GoodwinRyan Goodwin

LifeVantage Corp. has tapped marketing strategist Ryan Goodwin to serve as Chief Marketing Officer, rounding out the executive team assembled by CEO Darren Jensen, who joined the company in April 2015.

Goodwin joins Chief Sales Officer Justin Rose, who came on board in July 2015, and Chief Financial Officer Mark Jaggi, who followed in August.

As an entrepreneur and creative director, Goodwin has helped a wide range of companies build successful brands, both inside and outside the direct sales channel. In 2003 he co-founded Struck, a full-service creative agency with offices in Salt Lake City, Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon. Serving as Executive Creative Director of Struck, Goodwin headed up the agency’s creative work for clients such as Volkswagen, Nintendo and Gatorade.

“When it comes to CMOs, there are those who are managers, and there are those who are thought leaders and are truly revolutionary in the way they think,” Jensen said in a statement. “Ryan is one who sees things in a different way than others see things.”

Under Goodwin’s leadership Struck garnered numerous awards, including 2011 Small Agency of the Year from AdAge, a Cannes Lion from the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, Gold Pencils from the One Show, FWA Site of the Year 2006 and others.

Ruby Ribbon Expands Board of Directors

Norm MatthewsNorm Matthews
Cynthia RingoCynthia Ringo

Shapewear and fashion company Ruby Ribbon Inc. has closed $7.5 million in Series C Funding and with that added two new board members. The round was co-led by DBL Partners, of San Francisco, and Direct Selling Capital of Dallas, and included participation from current investors Trinity Ventures and Mohr Davidow Ventures. With the closing of the round, the additions to the board include Norm Matthews, former President of Federated Department Stores, and Cynthia Ringo of DBL Partners. Joey Carter, Founder of Direct Selling Capital, has become an Advisor.

Carter of Direct Selling Capital was formerly the CEO of a billion-dollar home decorating company as well as a former chairman of the U.S. Direct Selling Association.
Matthews has more than three decades of experience in retail, including serving as President of Federated Department Stores. He currently sits on the boards of ThredUP Inc., Children’s Place, Spectrum Brands, Henry Schein and Party City.

Ringo is a Senior Partner of DBL Partners, and a Managing Partner of a prior fund managed under DBL Investors. She was formerly a Managing Director of VantagePoint Venture Partners, where she was Group Leader of the Communications, Systems, Internet and Media Practice.

“DBL Partners identified in Ruby Ribbon the combination of impressive business results and deep social commitment that are the hallmark of our investments,” said Cynthia Ringo, General Partner.

Ruby Ribbon will use the additional funding to continue its nationwide expansion, including the build-out of additional technology to service the stylist base, an increase in training tools for the stylists and investments in marketing and brand awareness.

Amway Makes Three Additions to Nutrilite Scientific Advisory Board

Bradley WillcoxBradley Willcox
Padma VenkatasubramanianPadma Venkatasubramanian

Amway has added three new members to its Nutrilite Scientific Advisory Board, the brain trust behind the company’s top-selling Nutrilite brand. The latest additions to the board bring expertise in the areas of healthy aging, weight management and traditional Indian medicine.

Eric RavussinEric Ravussin

In the field of healthy aging, Amway has tapped Bradley J. Willcox, M.D., M.Sc., a professor and Director of Research at the Department of Geriatric Medicine in the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii. Willcox is widely published on the genetic, environmental and clinical aspects of healthy aging.

Also joining the board is Eric Ravussin, Ph.D., Director of the Nutrition Obesity Research Center and Associate Executive Director for Clinical Sciences at Louisiana State University. Ravussin studies obesity at the molecular level, as well as its ties to other chronic conditions.

The final addition to the Board is Padma Venkatasubramanian, Ph.D., Professor and Advisor at the School of Life Sciences at the Institute of Transdisciplinary Health Sciences & Technology in Bangalore, India. She is an expert in microbiology, chemistry and contemporary applications of Ayurveda. 

Zija International Adds Monica Marcu to Its Product Advisory Council

Monica MarcuMonica Marcu

Monica G. Marcu, a researcher and clinical pharmacologist, has joined the Product Advisory Council at Zija International. Having cultivated a love of trees from an early age, this fascination led her to study plants, particularly medicinal and healing plants, and her study and research of Moringa is incorporated in her book Miracle Tree.

Marcu’s background as an expert on the nutrient-rich Moringa is extensive. With a Ph.D. in pharmacology and a Doctor of Pharmacy, she has worked in clinical pharmacies and biomedical research laboratories at the University of Ottawa, the National Institute of Health, and the National Cancer Institute.