May 01, 2016
Executive Announcements, May 2016
Travis Ogden Joins Isagenix International as President, COO
Isagenix International is bolstering its finance and operations expertise with the appointment of Travis Ogden as President and Chief Operating Officer.
Ogden has worked with direct selling companies for more than a decade, most recently in the roles of COO and, previously, CFO of a leading wellness brand. Trained as an MBA and a certified public accountant, he has held a series of management positions focused on growth and sales. In his former role, Ogden helped shepherd the organization to $1 billion in annual sales.
“We’re excited to add Travis’ more than 12 years of direct selling industry experience and passion for health and wellness to our Corporate team,” Jim Coover, Co-Founder and CEO of Isagenix, said in a statement. “His specialization in the cultivation of entrepreneurship and the expansion of health and wellness companies around the world complements our growth initiatives.”
Isagenix continued to build momentum in 2015, as sales climbed 20 percent to a record $892 million. To accommodate recent growth, the health and wellness company invested in a new 150,000-square-foot world headquarters in Gilbert, Arizona, where it relocated in March. A commitment to quality in all areas of the business has positioned Isagenix for bigger things to come, according to Ogden.
“The company’s reputation and position in the market shows that it is poised for significant growth in the future,” said Ogden. “After using the products and meeting the team, I immediately knew that my personal values aligned with this company.”
JRJR Networks Taps Christopher Brooks as Chief Financial Officer
JRJR Networks is bringing on a new Chief Financial Officer, Christopher Brooks, freeing up Vice Chairman John Rochon Jr. to focus on other aspects of the business.
Rochon has served as CFO of JRJR Networks, formerly CVSL, for the past year. The direct selling conglomerate said Brooks, a finance and private equity professional who has worked with JRJR Networks on past projects, is now stepping into the role. As a result, Rochon will concentrate on providing hands-on leadership to the company’s independent sales networks.
“We’re very pleased to have someone of Chris’ knowledge and background serve in the crucial role of CFO as our company continues to grow,” Rochon said in a statement.
Brooks, an MBA and CPA, has worked with a wide variety of companies on financial reporting, analysis and processes. He previously served as CFO of Assa Abloy Hospitality and Global Audio Visual, as well as Vice President of Finance for Bank of America’s Home Loan Division. Brooks also has worked with organizations such as Michaels Stores, Fannie Mae and 7-Eleven Inc.
At JRJR Networks, his experience with multi-entity companies will be applied to a growing stable of direct-to-consumer brands.
New Avon Appoints CEO to Lead North America Business
To oversee the beauty company’s makeover in North America, New Avon LLC has appointed former Abbott Laboratories and Procter & Gamble executive Scott White as CEO.
White will focus on improving the Representative and consumer experience at New Avon, which spun off from Avon Products Inc. in a deal with Cerberus Capital Management LP earlier this year. Under White’s leadership, management plans to revitalize the iconic brand and bring a renewed focus to the operations side of the business.
Most recently President of Abbott Nutrition International, White led the $4 billion business in consistent double-digit revenue growth. Before that he served a 15-year stint in marketing at consumer goods giant Procter
“Scott is a world-class executive whose diverse experience leading successful business turnarounds, building strong brands, setting winning strategies, and driving operational excellence provides the unique skill set required to lead New Avon on a path to long-term success,” said Chan Galbato, Chairman of New Avon’s Board of Managers.
New Avon has nearly 400,000 Representatives selling its cosmetics, skin care and fragrances. Sales in the region topped $1.01 billion in 2015, putting the company at No. 19 on the DSN Global 100 and No. 10 among regional players on the North America 50.
Daughter of Stampin’ Up! Founder Takes on CEO Role
Stampin’ Up! is keeping it in the family with the appointment of new CEO Sara Douglass, daughter of Co-Founder Shelli Gardner.
The role is one for which Douglass has been groomed over the course of several years, company officials said in a statement. The mother of five has worked with Gardner, longtime CEO of Stampin’ Up!, in all areas of the business. Most recently, Douglass led the company as Interim CEO while her parents undertook a year-long service mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
As she takes the helm on a permanent basis, Douglass will have the support of Gardner, who plans to remain active in the business as co-founder and board chair. “My mom’s passion and vision helped create Stampin’ Up!, and her ongoing guidance will be invaluable as we continue to collaborate and partner at the highest level to grow this amazing company,” said Douglass.
After 28 years in business, the Riverton, Utah-based company is in 10 countries across North America, Asia Pacific and Europe. More than 45,000 independent salespeople, known as demonstrators, sell the brand’s wide range of stamps and paper-crafting products.
Monroe Inducted into Enterprising Women Hall of Fame
Enterprising Women magazine has recognized Cindy Monroe, President and CEO of Thirty-One Gifts, with induction into the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame, an honor extended to one woman entrepreneur each year.
“We are honored to induct Cindy Monroe into our Hall of Fame for the important work she is doing to advance women’s entrepreneurship and create a lasting legacy in the women’s business community,” said Monica Smiley, Publisher and CEO of Enterprising Women, a women-owned publication that focuses on the growing political, economic and social influence of women in business.
Monroe founded Thirty-One Gifts in 2003, aiming to create a business opportunity for women with families. Today, about 85,000 Consultants across the U.S. and Canada sell Thirty-One bags, jewelry and home organization products, supported by a corporate staff of more than 1,000. The Columbus, Ohio-based company generated revenue of $516 million in 2015, earning the No. 38 spot on the DSN Global 100, a list of the top direct selling companies in the world.
In addition to building a thriving business, Monroe founded Thirty-One Gives, a philanthropic initiative dedicated to empowering girls, women and families. Since its launch four years ago, Thirty-One Gives has donated more than $80 million in cash and products to nonprofit partners, including Girl Talk and Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Sarah Bjorgaard Joins Plexus Worldwide As Vice President of Global Sales
Weight-loss and nutritional company Plexus Worldwide has appointed Sarah Bjorgaard as the company’s new Vice President of Global Sales. In her role she will lead the Business Analytics and Development team and will implement sales structures to better support field and customer growth. She will report directly to Plexus’ President, Alec Clark.
“We’re very excited to add Sarah’s extensive sales and leadership expertise within the network marketing industry,” said Clark. “Our Ambassadors and Corporate team will greatly benefit from her advice and leadership and she will play a significant role as Plexus continues its phenomenal growth.”
Bjorgaard has a 24-year record of sales and operational achievement in the network marketing industry. Before joining Plexus, she served as National Vice President of Sales and Operations at another health and nutrition direct seller where she led a sales team responsible for customer growth, leader development and retention in the western United States.
“Plexus has quickly gained a very positive reputation within the network marketing industry thanks to its strong leadership and commitment to putting its Ambassadors first,” said Bjorgaard. “My passion for building relationships and helping others to succeed fits very well with Plexus’ values and I’m excited to work with its talented leadership team, employees and Ambassadors from across the globe.”
Success Partners Adds Tony Chaplin to Strategic Services Team
Success Partners has hired Tony Chaplin as its Vice President of Strategic Services. Chaplin will join a team of seasoned industry executives to pursue a new business focus of strategic consulting services. Their approach will include helping clients and prospective clients in developing or adapting their business strategies, branding development and design, field communications and selling tools development, and more.
Chaplin has more than 22 years of industry experience, including running a direct selling business from the startup phase to a mature organization. He also has helped a number of companies in the industry open over 28 different markets globally, ranging from Kazakhstan, Russia, and many other European countries, to Turkey and Israel. He has been part of the regional Direct Selling Associations (DSA) in the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Seldia at various levels, including serving as a DSA board member.