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July 01, 2013

Executive Announcements

July 2013

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Avon Products Inc.

Doug ConantDoug Conant

Avon Products Inc. announced the appointment of Pablo Munoz as Senior Vice President and President, North America. Munoz will report to CEO Sheri McCoy and join the company’s Executive Committee.

Munoz will oversee Avon’s business in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. In this role, he will be responsible for executing the turnaround of Avon’s North American business and returning it to a solid and profitable position.

Munoz has extensive experience in direct selling in both housewares and beauty. He joins Avon from another direct seller, where most recently he served over Latin America and North America and developed turnaround plans for both regional businesses.

In related company news, Avon announced that Doug Conant, who currently serves on the board of directors, has been elected to the position of non-executive Chairman to replace the previous Chairman. Conant is Founder and currently serves as the CEO of Conant Leadership.

Kimberly Ross, Chief Financial Officer of Avon, was also appointed to the board in order to maintain the minimum number of directors required by Avon’s bylaws. It is the board’s intent that Ross will step down once a new independent director has been appointed.

Avon, the company for women, is a leading global beauty company, with nearly $11 billion in annual revenue. Avon is sold through more than 6 million active independent Avon Sales Representatives, and products are available in over 100 countries.

Nature’s Sunshine Products Inc.

Nature’s Sunshine Products Inc., a natural health and wellness company engaged in the manufacture and direct selling of nutritional and personal care products, announced the appointment of Matthew Tripp, Ph.D., as Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Tripp has extensive senior-level R&D experience in consumer product manufacturing for major consumer goods companies, and he will play a significant role in the development, manufacturing and quality control of Nature’s Sunshine Products’ broad range of nutritional products.

Since 2000, Dr. Tripp has served as Vice President, Research and Development, at Metagenics, a developer, manufacturer and distributor of high-quality dietary supplements and medical foods. He has also concurrently served as Senior Vice President, Research and Development, at KinDex Therapeutics, a biotechnology company created by Metagenics.

Nature’s Sunshine Products markets and distributes nutritional and personal-care products through a global direct salesforce of over 340,000 active independent Managers, Distributors and customers in more than 40 countries.

Mannatech Inc.

Al BalaAl Bala
Bo ShortBo Short

Mannatech Inc., an innovator and provider of naturally sourced supplements based on Real Food Technology® solutions, announced the promotion of Al Bala to Executive Vice President and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. In this new position, Bala will oversee Mannatech’s global sales and marketing efforts in various arenas, including field development and training.

Bala joined Mannatech in 2007 as Senior Vice President of Global Sales. In 2011 he became Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, where he was able to utilize his 30 years of sales and marketing experience in the direct sales industry.

Mannatech also announced the appointment of direct selling expert Bo Short as President of Business and Field Development, North America. Short’s experience in direct selling has spanned 23 years. He is also a best-selling author of both Living to Win and The Foundation of Leadership.

Mannatech develops high-quality health, weight and fitness, and skincare products that are based on the solid foundation of nutritional science and development standards. Mannatech’s proprietary products are available through independent sales associates around the globe.

4Life Research

Nao LauNao Lau
David L. VollmerDavid L. Vollmer

4Life executives announce that they have named Nao Lau as the new General Manager for Colombia, where he will relocate with his family to oversee operations from the company’s offices in Bogota.

Lau began his career at 4Life in 2005. Since that time, he’s served as a Manager, Director and Senior Director, International. Lau has worked closely with 4Life Vice Presidents to execute field communications and marketing initiatives, and oversee operations and logistics.

4Life also announced the appointment of David L. Vollmer, Ph.D., as the company’s new corporate Senior Director of Quality Control and Analytical Services.

Dr. Vollmer will be responsible for ensuring that 4Life’s analytical laboratory complies with all current Good Manufacturing Practices and other regulatory agency requirements for dietary supplements, nutritionals and cosmetics testing. Additionally, he will oversee contract manufacturer and third-party analytical service audits and qualifications.

Dr. Vollmer comes to 4Life with more than 15 years of experience in quality control and analytical laboratories management, primarily in the pharmaceutical industry.

4Life has offices on five continents to serve a global network of independent distributors through science, success and service.

It Works! Global

Chris BurnsChris Burns

It Works! Global, home of the It Works! Wrap, announced that Chris Burns, a technology executive, has been named Chief Information Officer. Burns has been a member of the It Works! team for five years. In his new role, Burns will oversee all software and business systems global strategies and play a critical role in developing software and integrations with an emphasis on emerging mobile and social media technologies.

Prior to It Works! Global, Burns was a lead technical analyst at Pfizer. He was part of the manufacturing division and led the company through a system of data migration and merging, including software enhancements and support.

It Works! Global emphasizes a debt-free philosophy. The It Works! system is based upon the It Works! Wrap that tightens, tones and firms any area of your body in as little as 45 minutes.


Michael TrempeMichael Trempe

Tami Longaberger, CEO of The Longaberger Company, announced that Michael Trempe, a 12-year veteran of the company, has been named Longaberger’s President and Chief Operating Officer.

Trempe will report to Tami Longaberger. He has been at The Longaberger Company since 2001, most recently serving as Vice President for Operations. After joining Longaberger as a business analyst, he rose through several executive positions, serving as Manager of Manufacturing Operations and then as Director of Operations. He was named Vice President of Operations in 2011.

Trempe has led the company’s initiative, which was announced by Longaberger last summer, to transition to becoming a fully American-made company.

Founded in 1973, The Longaberger Company is an American maker of handcrafted baskets, and offers a variety of other home and lifestyle products, including pottery and other tableware, wrought iron and fabric accessories, through a network of approximately 25,000 consultants.

Vivint Inc.

Alex Dunn Alex Dunn

Vivint Solar™, a provider of simple, affordable solar solutions, announced that Tanguy Serra has stepped down as CEO. He will remain involved in an advisory capacity. The company also announced that its board has appointed Alex Dunn as interim CEO.

Dunn currently serves as President for Vivint Inc. and has been with the company for seven years. He was previously Chief Operating Officer, where he oversaw the company’s daily operations, financial activities and business processes.

Vivint Solar was first introduced in October 2011. Vivint Solar designs, installs and maintains cost-effective solar energy systems, allowing consumers to enjoy the benefits of solar with little to no up-front costs.

Rena Ware International

Benjamin J. ZylstraBenjamin J. Zylstra

Rena Ware International has announced that Benjamin J. Zylstra will succeed his father, Russell J. Zylstra, as CEO of the company. Russ Zylstra will remain as Chairman of the Board of Rena Ware.

In his new role as CEO, Ben Zylstra will be responsible for the development of the company’s policies, programs, and sales and marketing strategies, along with members of the senior management team.

He joined Rena Ware in 1998 in the position of Sales/Marketing Assistant. His promotion to CEO marks the fourth time that a member of the Zylstra family has been at the helm of Rena Ware International, a company founded in 1941 by Dutch immigrant Fred Zylstra and his spouse, Rena Zylstra.

Rena Ware is a privately owned, family company headquartered in Bellevue, Wash. Their product line includes top-quality, stainless steel cookware and other complementary products for the kitchen, as well as juice extractors and water and air filters. Rena Ware maintains markets in North America, Asia and Latin America.

Lulu Avenue™

Michelle JonesMichelle Jones

Charles & Colvard Ltd. announced the appointment of Michelle Jones as President of Charles & Colvard’s newest Direct Sales Division, Lulu Avenue™.

Jones has 17 years of experience in direct sales. Most recently she served at a direct seller where she led sales, training, marketing and operations and was responsible for the development and implementation of its long-term growth strategies and initiatives.

Charles & Colvard Ltd., based in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina, is the global sole source of moissanite. These gems are incorporated into fine jewelry sold through retailers as well as Lulu Avenue.


A.K. KhalilA.K. Khalil

Zrii LLC announced the appointment of A.K. Khalil as President. In his new role, Khalil will guide the development and implementation of training and sales technologies, as well as strategic analysis, sales events, online marketing, new product launches and expansion into international markets. He will report to William F. Farley, Founder and CEO.

Khalil has more than 15 years of direct selling experience in a variety of sales and business roles. He has worked with both large and small network marketing companies to optimize sales, streamline operations and increase profitability.

Founded in 2008, Zrii formulates all-natural energy, nutrition, weight-loss and detox-cleanse supplements that are sold through a network of independent executives throughout the United States, Canada and Latin America.

ForeverGreen Worldwide Corp.

ForeverGreen Worldwide Corp., a provider of nutritional foods and other healthy products, announced that Rick Bazzill was hired as International Field Director for ForeverGreen Worldwide. Bazzill has nearly 40 years of sales experience.

He began his direct sales career in 1976, and at his most recent corporate job, served as head of sales for another direct seller, where he drove the company from $15 million to $985 million in annual sales over a five-year period.

Bazzill has spent the last several years as a lecturer and world traveler. He is an author and salesman who has spoken worldwide. His experience includes a wide variety of products with a concentration in nutritional and healthy lifestyle brands.

ForeverGreen develops, manufactures and distributes an expansive line of all-natural whole foods and products to North America, Australia, Europe, Asia and South America.

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