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March 01, 2016

Executive Announcements

Executive Announcements, March 2016

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Stream Taps Former Tech and Consumer Goods Executive for CEO Role

 Larry Mondry Larry Mondry

Essential services provider Stream has appointed Larry Mondry to succeed outgoing President and CEO Mark “Bouncer” Schiro.

Mondry is a former CompUSA executive who spent 16 years in a succession of roles, ultimately serving as president and CEO of the consumer electronics retailer. He previously was CEO of CSK Auto, a specialty auto parts chain acquired in 2008 by O’Reilly Automotive. Mondry currently sits on the board of Micron Technology.

“Considering Larry’s impressive track record as a seasoned executive and proven skill at growing companies, I’m confident he will serve Stream well as our new president and CEO,” Schiro said in a statement. “I know he is the right leader to bring Stream into its next era.”

Schiro took on leadership of the Dallas-based company in 2011, tasked with laying the groundwork for future expansion and diversification of the business. Upon stepping down, effective immediately, Schiro will continue his longtime involvement as a company shareholder and board member.

“Bouncer has been my partner for 10 years and has worked hard to set Stream up for continued success,” said Rob Snyder, Stream Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board. “He has left this firm organizationally more effective and financially stronger than at any time in our history. And with Larry, I know that we have leadership that will leverage off the base that Bouncer has built. Now more than ever, Stream is ready to grow.”

Former HHS Official Joins Herbalife as Chief Health and Nutrition Officer

 John Agwunobi</John Agwunobi

Herbalife Ltd. has tapped a former U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) official, Dr. John Agwunobi, to serve as Chief Health and Nutrition Officer.

From 2005 to 2007, Agwunobi oversaw the nation’s disease prevention and health promotion programs as the department’s Assistant Secretary of Health. As such, he headed up the Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Drug Administration, among other HHS offices.

Agwunobi also brings extensive private sector experience, having served as Senior Vice President and President of Health and Wellness for Walmart in the U.S.

“We are proud to welcome Dr. Agwunobi to our Herbalife nutrition team,” Chairman and CEO Michael O. Johnson said in a statement. “As we continue to invest in accomplished leaders, we further strengthen our mission of providing health and nutrition education and training to our members and their customers around the world.”

Plexus Names Alec Clark President, Appoints New CMO

 Alec Clark Alec Clark
 Cindy Latham Cindy Latham

Plexus Worldwide has promoted Chief Marketing Officer Alec Clark to President and named Cindy Latham as his successor, the weight-management and wellness company said.

Clark became co-owner of Plexus in 2012, a year after taking on the role of CMO. When he came on board in 2011, the Scottsdale, Arizona-based company had about 1,000 Ambassadors and less than $1 million in annual sales. By 2014, Plexus earned the No. 8 spot on the Inc. 5000, a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. Conceding little ground in 2015, the company ranked No. 132. Based on revenue of $310 million in 2014, Plexus also ranked No. 56 on the 2015 DSN Global 100, a list of the top direct selling companies in the world.

“As Plexus began to grow Alec and his team became the catch-all, overseeing many projects and departments beyond those related to marketing,” Tarl Robinson, CEO, said in a statement. “This realignment of title better reflects Alec’s true role within the company.”

Clark will continue to oversee external and Ambassador-facing departments at Plexus, while Latham takes on responsibility for product marketing, R&D, the creative team and digital marketing and branding. The incoming CMO has amassed more than 25 years of experience leading global sales and marketing teams, most recently as Senior Vice President of Global Marketing for a leading direct selling company. Latham also has honed her skills as a consultant and regular speaker and panelist at industry events.

“I was immediately impressed by the company’s staff and senior leaders, and I’m thrilled to join the talented executive team at Plexus Worldwide,” said Latham. “I’m excited to utilize my product marketing and development expertise to help the company continue on its incredible growth trajectory.”

Avon Brings in New Head of China Operations

Iconic beauty brand Avon Products Inc. has appointed Asson Chang as new General Manager in China, who will lead the ongoing growth in the China business.

“China has been an important market for us for more than 25 years and we are proud to serve our loyal customers who know and trust the Avon brand, our strong network of beauty boutiques and our market-leading range of products,” the company said in a statement.

Chang has more than five years of general management experience. With a focus on turning around businesses, for the past 20 years he has worked in various roles with blue-chip companies such as The L’Oreal Group, multinational consumer goods company Unilever Plc and sports apparel firm Adidas AG.

Chang is joining Avon from Central Marketing Group, a Thailand-based retailer, distributor and manufacturer, where he was the China country manager.

Avon first came to China in 1989, and was the first company to be given a direct selling license to operate in the country, in 2006.

ViSalus Co-Founder Blake Mallen Promoted to President

 Blake Mallen Blake Mallen

The longtime head of sales and marketing at ViSalus, Blake Mallen, is stepping into an expanded role as President of the healthy lifestyle company.

Mallen founded the weight-loss shake and supplement seller in 2005 alongside company Chairman and CEO, Ryan Blair, and Global Ambassador, Nick Sarnicola. In 2008 the young executives struck a deal with Connecticut-based Blyth Inc., which acquired a 43.6 percent stake in ViSalus and brought crucial infrastructure and operational expertise to the business. The partnership lasted until late 2014, when the trio and a handful of other preferred stockholders bought back all the shares that Blyth owned, minus 10 percent.

In 11 years at the company, Mallen has spent time working in the field as a ViSalus Promoter, as well as building the business from the corporate side. As Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, he crafted a marketing strategy, centered on the Body by Vi 90 Day Challenge, that powered more than 600 percent sales growth in a single year.

“Blake has been a vital asset to the creation and evolution of ViSalus, and I’m honored to be handing off the presidential reins to my fellow co-founder and longtime right hand,” said Blair. “He possesses a rare blend of creative and innovative passion, with the ability to execute with precision. I look forward to partnering with him to bring even more Vi innovations to life so that we continue to provide our Promoters with the ultimate entrepreneurial vehicle for success.”

4Life Growth Prompts VP and Director Level Promotions

 Trent Tenney Trent Tenney
 Danny Lee Danny Lee
 Brent Vaughan Brent Vaughan
 Jake Burby Jake Burby

Science-driven health and wellness direct seller 4Life Research has recently promoted numerous corporate executives and directors in its organization. Trent Tenney has been appointed Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and will oversee responsibility for the U.S Field Development Team, Distributor Services Department, and worldwide Foundation 4Life activities. With Tenny now responsible for worldwide sales, Chief Operating Officer Danny Lee will assume responsibility over the marketing department.

4Life also promoted Brent Vaughan, Ph.D., to Vice President of Research and Development and Jake Burby to Senior Director of Design and International Marketing. Vaughan has been with 4Life since November of 2003 as a research scientist and has held multiple roles since then, such as Director of Health Information Services and Senior Director of Research and Development.

Burby began his career at 4Life in June 2011 as an International Marketing Manager, and since then has served as International Marketing Director and Director of Creative and International Marketing.

“Each of these individuals has proven himself as a highly reliable individual who is committed to the task of providing incomparable support for 4Life distributors and their customers. Congratulations to each of them,” said 4Life President and CEO Steve Tew.

Scott Bell and Scott Salik Join Youngevity’s Executive Team

TEXTScott Bell
TEXTScott Salik

Youngevity International, a company that markets an array of nutritional and lifestyle products, has announced that two new members will join their executive ream.

Scott Bell has been hired as Vice President of Analytics and Promotions to enhance the business intelligence used by the company and its distributors. For the past 20 years, Bell’s skill and insight have been used to critique and uphold worldwide marketing and promotional campaigns for top direct selling companies.

Also joining Youngevity is Scott Salik, who will take on the position of VP of Global Content. Salik is a media executive who continuously has produced effective branded multi-language, multi-country content and several live events from concept to completion.

Salik is a member of the Producer’s Guild of America and Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. His 30-year career includes feature films, work for all the major television networks, producing niche cable programming and creating marketing content for many American brands. He also has served in leadership roles over programming and video at two growing direct sellers.