June 29, 2014
Executive Announcements, July 2014
Princess House Founder Charles Collis Passes Away
Direct selling pioneer and founder of Princess House Charles Collis died on May 6, 2014, at his home in Barrington, Rhode Island. He was 99.
Born March 13, 1915, in Taunton, Massachusetts, Collis attended Huntington School in Boston and graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, in 1937. After co-owning Armor Bronze and Silver Company, the largest manufacturer of copper and brass giftware in the world, he entered direct selling in 1948 as a co-founder of party plan cookware company Copper Craft Guild.
In 1963 Collis established his own company, Princess House Inc., which manufactures and sells handblown glass and giftware. Princess House impacted the lives of tens of thousands of women by offering them a career choice and economic opportunity. He sold Princess House to Colgate Palmolive in 1978.
Collis earned a number of professional awards and honors, including receiving the Free Enterprise Man of the Year award from the National Association of Manufacturers in 1978 and being inducted into the Direct Selling Association Hall of Fame in 1981. He also served on the DSA’s Board of Directors.
Collis supported many charitable causes in education, childhood development, medicine, programs for the disadvantaged and the arts.
In 1978 he donated $5 million to Dartmouth College. The gift was the largest in the history of the then-210-year-old institution. The Collis Center for Student Involvement stands on Dartmouth’s campus today in his honor.
He is survived by his wife, Elfriede A. Collis; his children; and seven grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on May 12, at 12:30 p.m., in St. Luke’s Church, 108 Washington Road, Barrington. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box H, Providence, RI 02901; or to the Boys & Girls Club of Taunton, 31 Court Street, Taunton, MA 02780.
|Carolin Eva Sophie Klussmann|
Herbalife Ltd., a leading global nutrition company, announced that Carolin Eva Sophie Klussmann, Ph.D., is joining its Nutrition Advisory Board (NAB), bringing the number of NAB participants to 27.
For the past decade Dr. Klussmann has served across a range of international medical assignments, including working in hospital emergency and general surgery rooms in Cape Town, South Africa, and leading HIV research and treatment in Rondebosch, South Africa. She has also practiced general medicine, anesthesiology and dermatology in Munich, Germany. While practicing at the Technical University of Munich, department of dermatology, Dr. Klussmann led a team of physicians and nurses in the field of clinical dermatology, allergies, infectious diseases, operative dermatology, children’s skin treatment and cosmetic dermatology.
The Nutrition Advisory Board comprises leading experts from around the world in the fields of nutrition and health who inform, educate and train Herbalife members and customers on the principles of good nutrition, physical activity and leading a healthy lifestyle.
|Kanwar S. Bhutani|
Jeunesse Global has announced the appointment of Kanwar S. Bhutani as President of Asia Pacific. Bhutani, who has more than 30 years of experience in direct selling, brings extensive industry knowledge as well as a deep understanding of salesforce motivation and brand building to his new leadership role. He has consistently established a clear, systematic growth strategy for businesses and has helped transform companies with declining sales into top earners.
Bhutani has led markets in some of the largest direct selling corporations in the world. Most recently he was Vice President for Sales, Asia Pacific for another direct seller before being named President and General Manager of Philippines. There he had been tasked with restoring field fundamentals while implementing a new multi-level compensation system for the salesforce. In previous positions, he served as Managing Director of Indian Operations and President of North America.
Jeunesse Global is a global business that combines breakthrough sciences in a product system that enhances youth by working at the cellular level. The company operates in 92 markets through its network of more than 250,000 independent salespeople.
Mannatech Inc., an innovator of naturally sourced supplements based on Real Food Technology® solutions and creator of the M5MSM (Mission 5 MillionSM) social entrepreneurial movement, announced changes to its executive management team. Joel Bikman is joining the company as Chief Marketing Officer. Bob Adam has been named General Manager, U.S. Sales, and Terrie Bayless has been named Assistant General Manager, U.S. Sales.
Joel Bikman joins Mannatech as Chief Marketing Officer, with many years of experience in marketing within both the direct sales and nutritional supplements industry. As Chief Marketing Officer, Bikman will oversee the company’s efforts in product marketing, creative services, communication and overall strategic marketing and research. He most recently served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for another direct seller.
Bob Adam will now serve Mannatech as General Manager, U.S. Sales. In this new role, he will oversee all sales and Associate advocacy efforts specifically for the U.S. market. Adam joined the corporate team in 2004 and served as an Independent Associate leader from 1997 until that time. Most recently, he created and led the Flight Team program, which focuses on training and coaching of both new and veteran leaders within the company.
Terrie Bayless will now serve as Assistant General Manager, U.S. Sales. Bayless is celebrating her 20th year with Mannatech. During that time, she has served in several roles within the Sales and Marketing organization.
“I’m honored to add Joel Bikman to our team. His expertise in both marketing and direct sales provides a true advantage for Mannatech for the future,” said Dr. Robert A. Sinnott, CEO and Chief Science Officer. “I’m also pleased to have Bob Adam and Terrie Bayless step into new roles, where they can exercise not only their professional knowledge and leadership, but also their heart for and experience with Mannatech and its Associates in more influential ways.”
Mary Kay Inc.
Mary Kay Inc., a top beauty brand and direct seller in more than 35 markets around the world, announced the appointments of three vice presidents—Allyson Sellers, Peggy Davidson and Laura Beitler.
Selected by the global executive team as Mary Kay’s Leader of the Year in 2013, Allyson Sellers takes on a new role at the company as Vice President of Sales Force Communications and Creative Services, where she will drive communication and brand-building strategies to support business growth and brand strength in the U.S. market. Sellers began her career at Mary Kay in 1993. During her 21-year tenure, Sellers has held various positions in sales, human resources and marketing. Most recently she served as Director of U.S. Sales Force Communications.
With more than 23 years of experience with Mary Kay, Peggy Davidson assumes the role of Vice President of U.S. Sales. Davidson has held a broad range of positions since joining the company in 1990. Most recently she was Vice President of Sales Force Communication and Education. She also continues to serve as a board member for The Mary Kay Foundation. In her new role, Davidson will focus on helping Mary Kay independent salesforce members build their businesses.
As Vice President of Recognition and Events, Laura Beitler now leads the team responsible for developing and implementing Mary Kay’s independent salesforce recognition programs and special events in the U.S. Beitler joined Mary Kay Inc. in 2000 as a staff attorney and eventually transitioned to Vice President and Associate General Counsel. Mary Kay’s global executive team named her Leader of the Year in 2011.
“Peggy, Allyson and Laura bring a wealth of knowledge, expertise and leadership qualities to our organization and will be invaluable as we build on our efforts to provide irresistible beauty products while enriching women’s lives through our 3 million Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants worldwide,” said Darrell Overcash, President of Mary Kay U.S.
JAFRA Cosmetics International Inc.
JAFRA Cosmetics International Inc. announced Paulo Moledo as President, JAFRA USA. In this new role, Moledo will lead the overall management and direction of JAFRA’s U.S. market and will also join JAFRA’s Global Management Board and Executive Committee, reporting directly to Mauro Schnaidman, President and CEO. As a seasoned global executive, Moledo’s vast experience has spanned various areas and industries, including extensive experience in direct selling.
“With his exceptional track record for helping well-known brands grow, I am confident that Paulo will play a crucial role in leading the overall growth strategy for the company, which will allow JAFRA to continue to transform the lives of women in the U.S. and across the globe,” said Mauro Schnaidman, President and CEO, JAFRA Cosmetics International.
Prior to joining JAFRA, Moledo held the position of General Manager at another direct seller’s Mexico and Argentina business, where he had direct responsibility for sales, marketing, supply chain, finance and communications. His résumé boasts achievements in high growth attainment, operating margin expansion and significant working capital improvements. In addition to his work in direct selling, Moledo held positions at other notable companies such as Ford Motor Co., Revlon and AOL.
Organo Gold, a global gourmet coffee company that caters to consumers’ active lifestyles, announced that Eddy Ger has joined Organo Gold as the General Manager, Peru. Ger will oversee all facets of OG’s Peru operations.
“Eddy is an important addition to the Organo Gold team,” said Bernardo Chua, Founder and CEO of Organo Gold. “His business passion and experience will be critical as we continue to build our global presence.”
Ger brings to Organo Gold over 20 years of experience in sales management leadership for global consumer packaged goods companies, having worked for leading brands such as Pepsico, Procter & Gamble, and Eastman Kodak, among others. Most recently he served as Managing Director of another direct seller, where he led the team that tripled sales growth in Peru.
Founded in 2008 with headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia, Organo Gold is a global gourmet coffee company that sells Certified Organic Ganoderma lucidum through a variety of coffees, teas, nutraceuticals and personal-care products.
LegalShield, one of the nation’s leading providers of legal safeguards for individuals, families and small businesses, announced that Keith Sherman has joined the company as Vice President of Consumer Marketing, and Charles Rosenberry has joined as Vice President, Affinity. Sherman will be responsible for overseeing LegalShield’s brand, including public relations, product and advertising efforts, while Rosenberry will be tasked with growing and expanding business-to-business partnerships for LegalShield.
“We are excited to welcome Keith Sherman and Chuck Rosenberry to the LegalShield family and leverage their experience to maintain our position as a leading provider of legal services throughout the country,” said Rip Mason, CEO of LegalShield.
Sherman possesses a strong background in brand development and marketing, having worked on behalf of leading brands in the consumer, retail and financial service sectors. Prior to joining LegalShield, he served as the Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Freeman + Leonard, where he led efforts for clients who received top honors in terms of brand recognition and sales in their respective categories.
With more than 20 years of experience in the financial services sector, Rosenberry has a background rooted in the development and marketing of business-to-business partnerships. Prior to joining LegalShield, he served as Senior Vice President of Business Development for Allstate Affinity Solutions, where he was responsible for acquiring more than 20 business-to-business partnerships that focused on both customer acquisitions and loyalty.
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