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July 01, 2016

Executive Announcements

Executive Announcements, July 2016

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New Avon Establishes Role of Chief Innovation Officer


New Avon LLC is bringing in Helene Rutledge to serve as Chief Innovation Officer, a newly created role that will oversee new product development at the beauty company.

The latest addition to Avon’s leadership team hails from health supplement maker Nature’s Bounty Inc., where Rutledge served as Vice President of Research and Development. She also runs her own New York City-based consultancy, Caliper Innovation, a full-service firm offering product and innovation solutions.

Rutledge’s previous roles include Head of Global Open Innovation at GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, and Senior Vice President of Technology at AeroDesigns.

“Helene brings nearly three decades of operational and innovation experience to New Avon,” said Scott White, CEO. “She has strong experience running product innovation for world-class consumer and pharmaceutical companies—expertise which will be invaluable to our product innovation efforts at New Avon.”

The beauty brand also has tapped former Coca-Cola and Revlon executive Jack Stahl to chair its board of managers. Scott White, New Avon’s CEO, also has joined the board.

The incoming chairman is a beauty and consumer products veteran whose former roles include President and COO of Coca-Cola Co. and CEO and President of Revlon. Stahl also has sat on the board of beauty products manufacturer Coty Inc. and high-end retailer Saks Inc., among others.

“Jack is a proven leader whose extensive board management experience and expertise leading iconic brands will be instrumental in positioning New Avon’s business for long-term success,” said Chan Galbato, chairman of the board.

Mannatech Promotes Finance Veterans as Company Grows

nameDavid Johnson and Diane Barton

Global health and wellness company Mannatech Inc. has promoted David Johnson, Chief Accounting Officer, to Chief Financial Officer as it continues to build its executive team.

In his new role, Johnson will lead the accounting, finance and treasury teams.

“David has demonstrated his commitment to ensuring Mannatech’s finance department is keeping pace with our global transformation of new products, new technology and international expansion,” said Mannatech CEO and President Al Bala.

Johnson joined Mannatech in July 2013 and brings more than 22 years of experience to the company, having held several financial management positions in his career.

At the same time, Mannatech also has promoted Diane Barton, Assistant Controller, to Controller. Through her promotion, Barton will have an expanded role in SEC reporting, accounting policy development, risk management and international accounting functions.

Barton has more than 30 years of accounting experience with public and private companies and joined Mannatech
in 2006 as Accounting Systems Liaison.

Young Living Restructures Global Sales Leadership Team

Eddie SilcockEddie Silcock

Keeping pace with rapid growth, Young Living Essential Oils has expanded its corporate sales team with a number of promotions and new hires.

The Utah company recently announced the promotion of seven key sales managers, including Eddie Silcock, who will head up the team as Senior Vice President of Global Sales. In his previous role as Vice President of North America, where Young Living derives the bulk of its sales, Silcock helped propel the company to record revenue of $1 billion in 2015.

Three additional promotions focused on Young Living’s business in Asia. After a decade with the company, Will Halterman is stepping into the role of Vice President of Southeast Asia. Tyler Williams, with the company since 2009, has been named General Manager of Greater China, where he has been instrumental to opening and growing new markets in the region. Additionally, Yu Oki will now serve as Country Manager of Japan.

Rounding out the company’s new leadership structure is Joey Nanto, Vice President of United Kingdom, who previously served as Vice President of International. Gabriel Sanchez, who joined Young Living in 2015, has been named General Manager of the Latin American region, while Mildred Muniz will seek to grow the company’s Latino customer base in the U.S. as Director, Latino Market.

“Young Living has experienced exponential growth on a global scale for the past few years, which can be attributed in large part to these key individuals,” said Jared Turner, COO. “Alongside our wonderful members, these leaders have contributed to our growth and are deserving of their new roles.”

Plexus Appoints McCormick Scientist to Head Up R&D

Alan JiangAlan Jiang

Plexus Worldwide has tapped Alan Jiang, M.D., Ph.D., to serve as Vice President of Research and Development. The role provides oversight of product development, medical affairs, claims substantiation and science education at the health and wellness company.

Since earning his M.D. from the College of Medicine at China’s Zhejiang University, one of the top schools in Asia,
Jiang has held research and management roles in both academia and the dietary supplement and food industries.
His articles have appeared in outlets such as the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and the Journal of Medicinal Food, among others.

“A graduate with honors from one of the most prestigious medical universities in the world, and with numerous published studies, Dr. Jiang brings Plexus a 20-year track record of success…,” said Cindy Latham, Chief Marketing Officer at Plexus.

Most recently a senior scientist with herbs and spices brand McCormick & Co., Jiang previously was Director of Scientific Affairs for a top direct selling nutrition company. Before transitioning to the health and nutrition industry, he was appointed as a faculty member and Laboratory Director of the Center for Human Nutrition, the world-class research center at Johns Hopkins University.

Agel Founder Glen Jensen Returns to Company as Group CEO

nameGlen Jensen
nameGary Hasson

JRJR Networks recently announced that Glen Jensen is joining its operation as Group CEO of Agel Enterprises, the company he founded in 2005.

Agel made a name for itself in the nutrition industry by introducing supplements in suspension gel form, in lieu of conventional pills and juices. Jensen led the company for six years before exiting in 2011. Two years after his departure, Agel joined the JRJR Networks family of companies. Formerly known as CVSL, JRJR Networks is a holding company for a growing group of direct-to-consumer brands.

“Glen Jensen was the heart and soul of Agel in the days when he established it as a successful business and led its growth across the globe,” said John Rochon Jr., Founder of JRJR Networks and Chairman of Agel. “Glen’s return to Agel after a five-and-a-half-year absence sends the bold message that Agel is back and has found its voice again.”

Jensen spent the past two years heading up another direct seller of skincare and nutrition products, this one primarily operating in Asia. Before launching Agel, he had founded another direct selling company and held executive roles with several others.

Also joining Agel is Gary Hasson, who was named the company’s new Vice President of International. 

“Gary’s return to Agel is deeply gratifying and represents another huge step forward for our company,” said Jensen. “[He] played an important role in the launching of Agel. Now, like me, he has come back to the Agel family to help guide it in a new era of growth.”

Hasson has 20 years’ experience in direct selling, having spent the past six years on the corporate side, in senior management positions, most recently as President of a global nutritional direct-to-consumer company.

New Member Joins 4Life Advisory Board during Annual Symposium

nameTy Hopkins

4Life Research is expanding its Health Sciences Advisory Board with the addition of Ty Hopkins, Ph.D., who also is a Team 4Life mountain biker, road racer and triathlete.

Hopkins, a research professor at Brigham Young University (BYU), officially joined the board during its recent annual symposium at 4Life Global Headquarters in Sandy, Utah. The group of third-party experts is tasked with keeping the 4Life R&D team abreast of new research and methods in the area of protein supplementation. The company’s Chief Scientific Officer, David Vollmer, Ph.D., heads up the board as Chairman.

The board’s latest addition earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in life sciences, with an emphasis in sports medicine, from Indiana State University. In addition to teaching at BYU, Hopkins coordinates the university’s graduate programs for athletic training and physical medicine and rehabilitation. A competitive athlete himself, Hopkins has represented Team 4Life since 2013, when he joined the group of world-class athletes who incorporate 4Life products into their training regimens.

Immunotec Nominates Mario Paradis to its Board of Directors

nameMario Paradis

Canadian nutrition company Immunotec Inc. elected a new director, Mario Paradis, to serve on its board during its recent Annual General Meeting of Shareholders.

Mario Paradis is Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Neptune Technologies and Bioressources Inc. and of Acasti Pharma Inc. since 2015. Between 2008 and 2015, Paradis was Vice President and CFO at Atrium Innovations Inc. Prior to this, he held roles of increasing authority at Aeterna Zentaris, most notably as Vice President Finance and Administration and Corporate Secretary. Paradis is a member of the Canadian Chartered Professional Accountants and holds a bachelor’s degree in business, with a specialty in accounting, from Université du Québec at Trois-Rivières.

“We are pleased to welcome Mario,” said Rod Budd, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “His experience in the natural health products industry combined with his background as a seasoned accounting and finance executive will be of great value to our company.”