May 01, 2017
Executive Announcements, May 2017
Mary Kay Taps Former P&G Exec as Chief Scientific Officer
A new chief scientific officer is joining the Mary Kay team from Procter & Gamble.
The beauty company has appointed Dr. Lucy Gildea to lead its global research and development operation. Texas-based Mary Kay, which manufactures a wide range of skin care, color cosmetics and fragrances, holds more than 1,300 patents for its products, technologies and packaging designs. Gildea will drive continued innovation and the company’s wider product strategy.
“Dr. Gildea’s proven track record and success to embed high-efficacy science in the personal care product industry will enhance Mary Kay’s ability to provide innovative products and technology that consumers are unable to find elsewhere,” said Thomas Cho, Mary Kay Chief Supply Chain Officer.
The company’s new R&D chief also brings experience in Asian markets, having lived in Singapore during her tenure with P&G. In 15 years with the consumer products giant, Gildea worked in health care, oral care, beauty technology and beauty product development as a senior scientist and later associate director. She holds a Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology, immunology and infectious diseases from the University of Cincinnati.
LifeVantage Adds Key Executives to Senior Leadership Team
The Salt Lake City-based company has appointed Charles J. Wach to head operations across North America, Asia and Europe. Wach has a 30-year background in operations, including his most recent role as vice president of operations and supply chain executive with Bodybuilding.com Inc.
Before joining Bodybuilding.com, Wach had filled operational roles with Nestle-Perrier Group of America, H.J. Heinz and Frito Lay. He also has experience in the direct sales channel, where he has served as director of global supply chain, materials management, for a nutritional supplement maker with more than $300 million in annual revenue.
Two months after naming an interim finance chief, LifeVantage also has selected a candidate to fill the position on a permanent basis. Steven R. Fife will succeed Gary Koos as Chief Financial Officer.
Bringing more than three decades of experience in accounting and finance roles, Fife hails from Evidera, the Maryland-based research firm that was acquired last fall by Pharmaceutical Product Development. For two years leading up to the sale, Fife served as CFO and COO of the private equity-backed firm, leading multiple international teams.
Jeunesse HIres Direct Sales Veterans to Join North America Leadership
Two new hires are bringing considerable direct sales experience to Jeunesse North America.
The skincare and nutrition company has named a new Director of Sales Development and Education of North America, Ideneth Vega, and General Manager of the United States, Brett Webb. Between them, the pair has amassed nearly four decades of experience in the direct selling channel.
“Ideneth’s vast experience and driven disposition coupled with Brett’s business acumen and Distributor-centric nature make them a powerful addition to our regional team,” said Meredith Berkich, Jeunesse North America President.
As Director of Sales Development and Education, Vega will work directly with Berkich and the country general managers. The role focuses on developing strategy and designing systems and resources to equip Distributors. Vega began her own direct sales career as a distributor before transitioning to the corporate side of the business.
Webb’s role as General Manager encompasses U.S. market strategy, sales, distributor support and development. Often, he will be face to face with the sales field, identifying specific needs and challenges. In the past, Webb has held management roles with another billion-dollar enterprise as well as turnaround companies and startups.
New LegalShield Appointments to Support Corporate and Field Teams
LegalShield has appointed a new senior vice president to take a critical look at internal development and training.
Patrick Hodges, formerly President of Network Sales and Marketing, is taking on the newly created role of Senior Vice President, People and Organizational Development with the legal services provider. In this capacity, he will help develop internal talent and identify gaps in personnel and organizational structure, in alignment with LegalShield’s five-year business plan, Vision 2020.
“Looking at the best strategic approach for LegalShield from the Board of Directors’ perspective, we determined that Patrick’s vast experience and people talents are a true asset to further develop our executive suite and achieve Vision 2020,” said John Addison, LegalShield Board Member and former Co-CEO of Primerica.
The company has chosen John Long, Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer, to assume the role of President of Network Sales and Marketing. Long will be responsible for LegalShield’s network sales and its network of independent sales associates.
“John’s direct knowledge and experience in recruiting, entrepreneurship and free enterprise were taught to him by two of the great leaders of LegalShield, Harland C. Stonecipher and Wilburn Smith,” said Addison. “With John, we are bringing together the best of the history and future to create an agile network marketing team that will drive us forward.”
Natura Brings New Structure to Brazil Business
Amid slipping sales in its domestic market, Natura Cosmeticos S.A. is restructuring its Brazil business, carving out distinct business units for its direct sales, digital, and retail activities. According to a statement issued by Jose Roberto Lettiere, Natura Chief Financial and Investor Relations Officer, the segmentation will allow the company to focus on revitalizing its core direct selling business in the market, while bringing greater autonomy and agility to the digital and retail segments.
Going forward, Natura veteran Erasmo Toledo will head up direct selling in Brazil. Toledo’s past roles with the company have included vice president of international businesses and director of commercial innovation. For nearly six years, he has led Natura’s Latin America expansion as general manager for Peru and Argentina.
Agenor Leão, previously head of digital technology, is taking on leadership of the digital businesses unit. Leão’s counterpart in the retail unit is Caroline Vlerick, who brings 20 years of experience in retail and strategic consulting. She will manage the expansion of Natura’s brick-and-mortar presence, distribution to drugstores and B2B.
JAFRA Taps Former Cole Haan Exec as CFO
JAFRA Cosmetics has appointed former Cole Haan executive James Christl as Chief Financial Officer.
Christl brings more than 23 years of senior finance experience to the beauty company. For 15 years, he has served as CFO for global companies dealing in retail and wholesale. Previously, he held the top finance post at Cole Haan, the global lifestyle brand specializing in footwear and accessories. Christl began his career with Deloitte & Touche.
“I am very happy to have James on our team,” said Mauro Schnaidman, President and CEO of JAFRA. “He has the experience and strategic expertise that are essential to JAFRA taking our business to the next level.”
In addition to heading up JAFRA’s finance organization across 16 markets, Christl will provide leadership over the IT organization at the California-based company. He is the second recent addition to JAFRA’s executive team, following the appointment of Clint McKinlay as Vice President of Sales for International Markets.
Brian Wing Appointed COO of WorldVentures
Travel club WorldVentures Holdings, LLC., has appointed Brian Wing as Chief Operating Officer. Wing most recently served as Chief Financial Officer for Ryan LLC., a Dallas-based global tax services and consulting firm that represents greater than 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies in nearly every industry. He also formerly held executive positions at Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Hyla Mobile, MGA Entertainment and Ernst & Young.
“We are delighted to welcome Brian to the WorldVentures team,” said WorldVentures Founder and Chief Visionary Officer Wayne Nugent. “His strong leadership and successful track record will make an immediate impact on our operations as we continue to grow. I have the utmost confidence in his abilities to bring our company to the next level.”
As COO, Brian will leverage his leadership and analytical expertise to elevate customer satisfaction, introduce innovative new products and ensure sustainability and profitability.
Some of Brian’s main duties include constructing and implementing analytical decision-making tools and monitoring key performance indicators.