July 01, 2015
Executive Announcements, July 2015
Amway Names New CFO
Amway, the largest direct seller in the world and a nutrition, beauty and home products brand, has appointed Mark Stevens as its Chief Financial Officer. Stevens will be responsible for leading Amway’s worldwide financial functions including accounting, financial planning and reporting, forecasting, insurance, internal audit, treasury and tax.
Most recently, Stevens served as Vice President of Worldwide Sales Finance for Apple. Under his direction, the team managed a $153 billion portfolio, representing 90 percent of the company’s revenue outside of Apple stores.
Stevens spent 21 years of his career living in Asia, including Singapore, China, Malaysia and Japan. While working at Motorola, he served as the finance lead on the team establishing the company’s first sales representation in the Asia Pacific region. He later moved to Dell where he served as
Vice President of Finance for the Asia Pacific region.
Stevens has strong ties to West Michigan, having graduated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds an MBA from DePaul University.
Stevens replaces Mike Cazer, who was appointed to the role of Chief Operating Officer in 2014.
Herbalife Appoints Former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force to Board
Global nutrition company Herbalife has appointed Michael Montelongo to the company’s board of directors. Montelongo has a career spanning both the public and private sectors, and will bring his leadership skills and experience in strategy and policymaking across multinational enterprises to the board.
“Having spent a lifetime of service in business, government, and civil society—and navigating this increasingly interdependent global terrain—I believe Herbalife’s purpose-driven and selfless focus is refreshing, longed-for, and essential in today’s crowded marketplace,” said Montelongo. “I am eager to get started and contribute to Herbalife’s future success.”
The Honorable Michael Montelongo is Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Corporate Affairs for Sodexo Inc., a $9 billion, 133,000-person quality of life services enterprise.
Before Sodexo, Montelongo was a Pentagon appointee during the President George W. Bush administration. As the 19th Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, he served as its Chief Financial Officer responsible for managing a budget of over $120 billion and financing two major combat operations. He was the first Latino appointed to that position, the most senior-ranking Hispanic-American in the Air Force, and concluded his tenure at the Pentagon as acting Secretary of the Air Force.
Herbalife also announced new additions to its corporate affairs teams. The Los Angeles-based brand welcomed a new Senior Vice President for Global Government Relations, Ric Hobby; Senior Vice President for Global Corporate Communications, Megan Jordan; and Vice President, Government and Industry Affairs, Randall Popelka.
Hobby formerly served as Herbalife Vice President, Worldwide Regulatory, Government and Industry Affairs. Jordan most recently headed up communications for prominent utilities provider Southern California Edison. Popelka hails from Washington, D.C., where he worked with global leaders in the administration of President George W. Bush and later in the private sector.
The restructuring also adds new responsibilities for Herbalife’s Vice President of Global Corporate Communications, Julian Cacchioli, who will now coordinate the brand’s public policy strategy and corporate social responsibility program. Another department veteran, Elaine Pacheco, has taken on the role of Strategic Project Manager in the office of EVP for Global Corporate Affairs.
Gold Canyon Taps Tom Kelly to Fill CEO Vacancy
After a year under the leadership of two managing directors, candlemaker Gold Canyon is bringing on a CEO to lead its executive team. The Arizona-based company announced that it has tapped industry veteran Tom Kelly to fill the position.
The appointment follows a year of strategic turnaround efforts aimed at reviving the brand’s lagging sales and morale. Since taking on leadership in 2014, Managing Directors Lynae Parrott and Gail Gioffredi have focused on conveying Gold Canyon’s mission and values through new branding as well as a reworked compensation structure and sales strategy.
Kelly’s three decades of leadership within the industry include publicly and privately held companies spanning several product categories, most recently accessories. He sat on the board of the Direct Selling Association from 2005 to 2012, concluding with a term as Chairman of the Board of the Direct Selling Education Foundation.
“Throughout his impressive career in global direct sales leadership roles, Tom has excelled at motivating and mentoring teams while generating results for both public and private companies,” said Joseph Phillips, Managing Director of Unique Investment Corporation. “We are thrilled to tap into Tom’s global experience driving productivity and growth, and look forward to his long-term future contributions as CEO.”
XANGO Names Company Veteran as New President
Health and wellness company XANGO LLC has appointed a new president from its own ranks. General Counsel Leslie Gallacher, a XANGO veteran whom Chairman and CEO Aaron Garrity described as groomed for leadership, stepped into the role in May.
“Leslie’s appointment is one that our board, executives and distributor leaders have anticipated for some time,” said Garrity. “From her earliest days at XANGO, Leslie has fulfilled several key strategic roles within our organization and been instrumental in our growth and advancement as a company now in its second decade of global expansion.”
Since joining the Utah-based brand 11 years ago, Gallacher has played a key role in opening the majority of XANGO’s 55 markets. She has also been a leader in the company’s women’s empowerment efforts, such as the Women Building Bridges global training initiative, at both the corporate and distributor levels. In addition to managing departmental functions, Gallacher will initially oversee preparations for XANGO’s international convention, slated for September in Las Vegas.
New VP of Corporate Relations Joins dōTERRA
Essential oils direct seller dōTERRA announced that Kirk Jowers is joining the company as Vice President of Corporate Relations. For the past 10 years Jowers has been the Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, in addition to serving as the University’s Director of Federal Relations, Chief Strategist for the Office of Global Engagement, and Co-Interim Director of the University’s Middle East Center.
“We are very pleased that Kirk has chosen to join dōTERRA,” said David Stirling, dōTERRA’s President and CEO. “As the company continues its remarkable growth, someone with Kirk’s international, economic and regulatory experience will play a vital role in helping dōTERRA manage the associated challenges and opportunities.”
As Vice President of Corporate Relations, Jowers will oversee dōTERRA’s government and media relations. Having already connected to a network of global government and business leaders, Jowers will also provide guidance to the company’s international development and relationships.
Origami Owl Names Brett Blake CEO
Newly minted Direct Selling Association member Origami Owl has appointed Brett Blake to serve as its new CEO with a focus on innovation and ongoing growth.
The position has remained vacant since former chief executive Robin Crossman exited Origami Owl a year ago. In the interim, the customizable jewelry brand made its international debut with the launch of its Canadian business.
With more than 20 years of experience in strategic business planning and marketing, the Harvard educated executive has a history of helping companies discover and implement organic growth strategies. Blake’s diverse career has included 16 years in direct selling with leadership roles at several companies. He currently serves on the board of directors for Beachbody LLC, where he formerly led the brand’s Team Beachbody direct selling division. “Blake brings a wealth of knowledge and is a highly accomplished executive with more than twenty years of experience in diverse industries including jewelry and fashion,” Origami Owl Co-Founder Chrissy Weems said in a statement. “With an incredible field of Designers, an exceptional sales team and a new CEO, we have a solid foundation in place and we are well-positioned for growth and success.”
“Origami Owl has been the talk of the industry since it burst on to the scene a few years ago,” said Blake. “While this company has accomplished so much in such a short period of time, I believe the story is just getting started.”
Regeneca Worldwide Announces New President
Utah-based cellular health company Regeneca Worldwide has concluded their search for a new President having chosen Trent Staggs to lead the company in this role.
“We are thrilled to have Trent Staggs join the Regeneca team and lead the company’s operations,” said Chairman Matt Nicosia. “Mr. Staggs has over 10 years of experience in the direct sales industry and will be a key resource in directing the growth of the company domestically and guide the company as we commence international expansion.”
Staggs has demonstrated leadership in running both successful startup and Fortune 500 organizations in the direct sales, finance and technology industries. Prior to becoming Regeneca’s President, he was on the executive team of another direct sales company that operates in over 30 markets, serving as their VP Technology. In that role, he was responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership of global integrated systems, software and IT infrastructure, which included the creation of mobile and web applications for their distributors worldwide.
YOR Health Adds Hattie Boydle to Its Athletic Advisory Board
YOR Health, an Irvine, California-based nutritional company, has selected performance coach and international sports model Hattie Boydle to join its Athletic Advisory Board. Through her positive outlook and leadership Boydle encourages people worldwide to realize their full potential for health and happiness through proper nutrition and exercise.
A few of her achievements include 2014 WBFF Pro (World Bodybuilding Fitness and Fashion), 2013 Miss Bikini Universe & Musclemania Model Champion, first place in the 2013 Australian Natural Bodybuilding (ANB) Fitness Model Competition, second place in the 2013 International Natural Bodybuilding Association (INBA) Fitness Model Competition, and a crown for the INBA Sports Model Champion in 2011.