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November 01, 2013

Executive Announcements

November 2013

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Arbonne International

Arbonne International, a skincare and cosmetics company, announced it has established the Arbonne Scientific Advisory Board. The Advisory Board provides additional insight on the development, implementation and assessment of products and informational content for customers, the company and the community.

Christopher ZacharyChristopher Zachary
Michael S. KaminerMichael S. Kaminer
Howard I. MaibachHoward I. Maibach
Laura FortnerLaura Fortner

Christopher Zachary, M.D., is Chair of the Advisory Board. Zachary is Chair and a professor of the Department of Dermatology at the University of California, Irvine. He specializes in skin cancer and reconstructive surgery, aesthetic medicine and laser surgery. Zachary is an academic dermatologist, an educator, and author of several books, chapters and many other publications. He has also won several awards.

New board member Michael S. Kaminer, M.D., is Managing Partner at SkinCare Physicians® in Boston and is an associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale School of Medicine. Kaminer specializes in facial sculpting, non-invasive treatment of aging and hair transplantation. He is the team dermatologist for the Boston Celtics. Kaminer is the author of more than 100 articles and book chapters and has appeared on television as an expert in cosmetic surgery.

Howard I. Maibach, M.D., is a dermatologist at the Dermatology Clinic at the University of California at San Francisco. Maibach’s specialties include contact and occupational dermatitis, and he is an expert in dermatotoxicology, or skin exposure toxicity. Maibach has been on the editorial board of more than 30 scientific journals and is a member of 19 professional societies.

Laura Fortner, M.D., is an obstetrician/gynecologist and Arbonne Independent Consultant, National Vice President in Navarre, Ohio. Fortner has been practicing medicine for 17 years and is currently a Fellow of the American Medical Society of ObGyns.

Brent BauerBrent Bauer
Nora ZorichNora Zorich
Janellen SmithJanellen Smith

Brent Bauer, M.D., is Director of the Department of Internal Medicine’s Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. He is also a professor of medicine at Mayo Medical School, where he has been on staff for 21 years. Bauer is the Medical Editor in Chief of the Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine.

Nora Zorich, M.D., Ph.D., is an independent pharmaceutical, over the counter drugs and dietary supplement consultant, following her retirement from Procter & Gamble, where she was Vice President of Research and Development. Zorich’s expertise includes women’s health, nutrition, metabolism and biochemistry. She also has leadership experience in regulatory affairs, global clinical development, statistics, microbiology, human safety, global post-market surveillance and biotechnology.

Janellen Smith, M.D., is a professor of dermatology at the University of California, Irvine. Smith specializes in melanoma, skin cancer, contact dermatitis and complex medical dermatology. She is also recognized for her clinical and teaching skills. Smith is currently the program chair for the Pacific Dermatologic Association and will take over as President in 2014. Smith is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. Her past research includes melanoma and stem cell biology.

Founded in 1980 with headquarters in Irvine, Calif., Arbonne International creates personal-care and wellness products that preserve and enhance the skin, body and mind.

Herbalife Ltd.

Georgios MoulinosGeorgios Moulinos

Global nutrition company Herbalife Ltd. announced that it has appointed former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to serve as a Senior Advisor to Chairman and CEO Michael O. Johnson and the company’s board of directors. Villaraigosa will provide counsel on strategic business development and global community outreach.

According to Johnson, Villaraigosa knows Herbalife well and has a “unique understanding of the opportunities” its products and business model can bring to people all over the world.

Villaraigosa served as the 41st Mayor of Los Angeles, from 2005 to 2013. Prior to being elected mayor, he was a member of the California State Assembly, the Democratic leader of the Assembly and the Speaker of the California State Assembly. As a member of the Democratic Party, he also served as a national co-chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, as a member of President Barack Obama’s Transition Economic Advisory Board and as Chairman of the 2012 Democratic National Convention in September 2012.

In other news, Herbalife welcomed Georgios Moulinos, Ph.D., an expert in sports medicine and nutrition, to its Nutrition Advisory Board.

For the past two decades Moulinos has consulted for a variety of sports clubs, including football, basketball, volleyball and handball, as well as the Greek national volleyball team for the 2004 Olympics.

Moulinos is an independent consultant at BCH College for exercise physiology and has served as Special Scientific Staff in volleyball coaching at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Faculty of Physical Education and Sports Science. He was selected by the Greek Ministry of Education as a member of the Administrative Committee of the Harokopio University of Athens in the Faculty of Dietetics-Nutrition. Moulinos is the author of Nutrition for a Better Life and a frequent media contributor on nutrition. He has also conducted extensive studies in geriatric nutrition.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, Herbalife Ltd. is a global nutrition company that sells weight-management, nutritional and personal-care products intended to support a healthy lifestyle. Herbalife products are sold in more than 85 countries to and through a network of independent distributors.

Princess House

Kelly HarteKelly Harte

Princess House announced the appointment of Kelly Harte as Vice President of Sales Strategy & Development.

In her new role, Harte is responsible for developing and leading Princess House’s newly formed department of Sales Strategy & Development. The new department is a result of Princess House’s strategic efforts to expand into new markets and grow and develop its consultant base, while offering products and business opportunities to women across the United States and Puerto Rico.

A senior executive with more than 20 years of experience at another direct seller, Harte most recently served there as Executive Director of Global Sales Development. In that position, one key responsibility was designing, developing and supporting the launch of a new globally branded representative training process across the company’s full portfolio of international markets. She also created and managed development programs for top sales management talent. She was responsible for global sales communications and worked in partnership with brand marketing, legal and corporate responsibility.

Headquartered in Taunton, Mass., and founded in 1963, Princess House is a direct selling and business opportunity company offering exclusive products for cooking, dining and entertaining.

Nature’s Sunshine Products Inc.

Gregory L. ProbertGregory L. Probert

Nature’s Sunshine Products Inc., a natural health and wellness company, announced that Gregory L. Probert has been appointed as CEO and Beth Springer, an executive with extensive experience in strategy and marketing in a consumer-product oriented business, has been appointed as a member of the board of directors. Probert will continue as Chairman of the Board. Willem Mesdag, who has served on the board since 2009 and was previously the Chair of the Audit Committee, will continue as Lead Independent Director.

Probert has led the company as Interim CEO since April 1, 2013. Additionally, he has served as Executive Chairman of the Board since January 2013 and as Executive Vice Chairman of the Board since June 2011. Prior to his election as Executive Vice Chairman, Probert was an independent consultant to the company since 2010. Previously, he was Chairman of the Board and CEO of Penta Water Co.

Springer is currently a board member of Central Garden & Pet Co. and on the Board of Trustees and Co-Chair of the Development Committee of Bryn Mawr College. She held various positions at The Clorox Co. from 1990 to 2011, including Executive Vice President and General Manager; Group Vice President, Chief Strategy and Growth Officer; and Group Vice President and General Manager.

Nature’s Sunshine Products markets and distributes nutritional and personal-care products through a global direct salesforce of more than 340,000 active independent managers, distributors and customers in more than 40 countries.

Nu Skin Enterprises Inc.

Shelly Davis HesterShelly Davis Hester
Jin NamkoongJin Namkoong
Russell GrayRussell Gray

Anti-aging company Nu Skin Enterprises Inc. announced the addition of three scientists to its global research and development team. The new members of the team include Shelly Davis Hester, Ph.D., RD.; Jin Namkoong, Ph.D.; and Russell Gray. They join Nu Skin’s in-house researchers in the company’s ongoing development of innovative skincare and nutritional products.

Shelly Davis Hester joins Nu Skin as a Senior Associate Scientist and will further Nu Skin’s research relating to health and nutrition. Prior to joining Nu Skin, Hester was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Indiana and Purdue University in the Herman B. Wells Center for Pediatric Research. She is a registered dietitian.

Dr. Jin Namkoong brings her knowledge of skin cell biology to Nu Skin, and her expertise in understanding human skin biology will be an integral part of the Nu Skin anti-aging innovation and research. Dr. Namkoong previously worked at Chanel, serving as a scientist in the skin cell biology laboratory for five years. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Johnson & Johnson Skin Research Center.

Russell Gray is a seven-year clinical research veteran and brings his experience of designing, executing and coordinating clinical research to Nu Skin from Premier Research International LLC, where he studied analgesic pharmaceuticals. As a clinical research specialist, Gray will be involved in various clinical studies regarding Nu Skin’s nutritional products. In 2005, Gray received a commendation medal for his service as a nurse in the U.S. Army while he was stationed in Iraq.

Nu Skin Enterprises Inc. demonstrates its tradition of innovation through its comprehensive anti-aging product portfolio, independent business opportunity and corporate social responsibility initiatives. A global direct selling company, Nu Skin operates in 53 markets worldwide.

Univera Inc.

Chi Song WongChi Song Wong

Univera Inc. announced Chi Song Wong has been named General Manager of its affiliated company in Malaysia, Univera Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., in preparation for a 2014 launch of the Malaysian market.

Chi Song Wong brings more than 20 years of experience in the direct selling industry in the Malaysia/Singapore region, holding executive positions in various companies. He speaks Mandarin Chinese, English and Malaysian.

Univera Inc. is a natural products direct seller offering vitality, prosperity and purpose to people around the world. A part of the ECONET family of companies, Univera is fully integrated from farm to family—growing, discovering, developing and manufacturing its products.


Angel RodriguezAngel Rodriguez

WorldVentures™, a direct seller of vacation club memberships, announced that Angel Rodriguez has been named Chief People Officer.

Rodriguez is a Human Resources executive with more than two decades of experience. Prior to joining WorldVentures, Rodriguez was the senior HR leader for Kellogg’s International and Global Functions, accountable for the people program at Kellogg’s core and emerging international markets.

WorldVentures is a social commerce, peer-to-peer marketing company and a seller of vacation club memberships including DreamTrips™. With a network of more than 110,000 independent representatives in 24 countries, the privately held company is headquartered in Plano, Texas.

Youngevity International Inc.

Patti GardnerPatti Gardner
Brytt ClowardBrytt Cloward

Youngevity International Inc., a global direct marketer of nutritional and lifestyle products and also a vertically integrated producer of gourmet coffees, announced the appointment of Patti Gardner as Vice President of Sales and Brytt Cloward as Vice President of Marketing for Youngevity®.

Gardner has been in the direct selling industry for more than 25 years and has previously served as Director of Sales and President of another direct seller. Prior to that, Gardner co-founded a startup party plan company that offered storytelling aids to families and educators. She will bring experience in leadership training, team building, business-building strategies, compensation plans and incentive programs to Youngevity.

Cloward has a diverse background in market research, data analysis and strategic decision-making with more than a decade of direct selling industry experience. He had worked as a consultant in the industry before helping found another direct seller and will bring this leadership expertise to Youngevity, working to strengthen marketing campaigns and advance the company’s growth strategy.

Youngevity International Inc. is a multidimensional company that offers a wide range of consumer products and services, primarily through person-to-person selling relationships. The company was formed after the merger of Youngevity Essential Life Sciences and Javalution Coffee Company in the summer of 2011.