November 01, 2012
Tyler P. Schuessler
ViSalus announced the appointment of Todd Goergen as Chief Strategy Officer. Goergen has served as Chairman of the ViSalus Board of Directors since Ropart Asset Management (RAM)—of which he is Managing Partner—provided the original investment capital for ViSalus in 2006.
Goergen has been Managing Partner of RAM, a private equity firm that invests directly in small to midsize companies, since 2001. He was an Analyst/Associate in Mergers and Acquisitions at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette from 1994 to 1999.
ViSalus also announced the appointment of Tyler P. Schuessler as Chief Administrative Officer. Schuessler will join ViSalus from her position as Vice President, Organizational Development and Investor Relations at Blyth Inc., where she reports to the Chairman and CEO and is a member of the Office of the Chairman.
Schuessler has worked at Blyth for the past 12 years with responsibility for global human resources, investor relations and corporate communications. She has supported ViSalus’ human resources function since Blyth entered into an agreement to acquire shares of ViSalus in 2008. Prior to this position Schuessler served at Blyth in roles of increasing responsibility since 2000.
Both Goergen and Schuessler are members of ViSalus’ senior executive team and report directly to Ryan Blair, Co-Founder and CEO of ViSalus.
Founded in 2005 with headquarters in Los Angeles and Troy, Mich., ViSalus is the company behind the Body by Vi™ Challenge, a 90-day health transformation platform. ViSalus is majority-owned by Blyth Inc.
Avon Products Inc.
Charles H. Noski
Avon Products Inc. announced the appointment of Jeff Benjamin as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Benjamin will report to Sheri McCoy, Avon’s CEO, and join the company’s Executive Committee.
In a career spanning more than 40 years prior to his retirement from Novartis Corp. at year-end 2011, Benjamin developed expertise in litigation, corporate transactions, antitrust, environmental regulation, equal employment opportunity, product liability, and ethics and compliance. Throughout his career at Novartis (formerly known as Ciba-Geigy Corp.), Benjamin served in a variety of General Counseling positions.
Avon also announced that its board of directors has elected Charles H. Noski to the board, effective immediately. Noski’s election increases Avon’s board to 12 directors.
Noski served as Vice Chairman of Bank of America Corp. from June 2011 to September 2012, following his role as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of that company from May 2010 to June 2011. Prior to that, Noski served as Corporate Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Northrop Grumman Corp., as well as a director of that company.
Avon, the company for women, is a leading global beauty company, with over $11 billion in annual revenue. As the world’s largest direct seller, Avon markets to women in more than 100 countries through over 6 million active independent Avon Sales Representatives.
XANGO LLC announced several new hires and promotions in line with expansion that has it now doing business in 42 countries.
Jason Pierce has been named Vice President of International Development. Pierce has been with XANGO since 2004. After spending the past two years working closely with XANGO’s Europe/CIS (Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan)/Africa/Oceania management team to build its business infrastructure, Pierce has returned to company headquarters in Utah to oversee the company’s international expansion. In this role he will work closely to liaison with international regional directors and the company’s board of directors to execute a strategy for expansion in key markets.
Yoko Little has been promoted to Senior Director, Global Product Marketing. Little has been with XANGO for five years, during which time she has brought her experience in product and brand marketing to oversee numerous product launches, marketing and promotions on a global scale. In her position Little oversees a team of directors and brand managers in executing a global strategy. Little has 15 years of experience in product marketing, development and international business with 10 years of experience as a brand manager.
Janay Standifird, a licensed CPA, has been promoted to Corporate Controller, overseeing all accounting functions for XANGO’s global operations. Standifird has been with XANGO since 2007, during which she has overseen accounting for various functions and business units for the company prior to earning her current position.
Brian Gallacher, a veteran of network marketing with more than seven years at XANGO, has been promoted to the position of Director, North and South Americas Development. In this position Gallacher will focus on supporting marketing and operational functions for these markets, which make up XANGO’s highest-revenue region of the world. Gallacher’s background includes having helped XANGO open more than two-thirds of the countries in which it currently operates.
Jina Anson has been promoted to Director of Nutrition Product Management. In this role she will lead marketing, development and formulations for the company’s expanding nutritional product line. Anson joined XANGO in 2009 as a brand manager over nutrition products, and since then has worked on multiple product launches. Prior to joining XANGO, Anson excelled as a product manager within the network marketing industry for 10 years.
A global nutrition company, XANGO LLC was the first company to market a premium mangosteen beverage, XANGO® Juice, to consumers worldwide. XANGO is privately owned and powered by a global network of more than 1 million independent distributors in the U.S. and 40 international markets.
RBC Life Sciences Inc.
Cindy L. Tysinger
RBC Life Sciences Inc. announced that Cindy L. Tysinger has been appointed as a member of the company’s board of directors. Tysinger is CEO and founder of GSAT Inc. (GSATi), a provider of business and technology services to global clients. Tysinger founded GSATi in 2008.
Prior to founding her company, Tysinger had a 12-year association with a multinational direct sales company engaged in the distribution of nutritional products, rising up to Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Information Technology.
Tysinger was appointed to fill an open seat on the company’s board of directors. Her initial term extends until the company’s annual meeting of shareholders in 2014.
Through wholly owned subsidiaries, RBC Life Sciences develops, markets and distributes high-quality nutritional supplements and personal care products under its RBC Life brand to a growing population of consumers seeking wellness and a healthy lifestyle.