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November 01, 2014

Executive Announcements

Executive Announcements, November 2014

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Industry Champion Ross Creber Dies

Ross CreberRoss Creber

Ross Creber, former President of the Direct Sellers Association of Canada, passed away suddenly on Sept. 26, 2014, at the age of 73.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Bobbie; daughter, Dawn (husband, Dan); daughter-in-law, Lara; and grandchildren Colin, Erin, Grayden, Lochlan and Knox. He was preceded in death by his son, Steven.

Born in 1941 and raised in Toronto, Creber was the only child of Frederick and Olivena Creber. He attended Malvern Collegiate and graduated from Ryerson with a degree in marketing. In 1977 he began his 38-year career in the direct selling industry with his wife, Bobbie, running a Tupperware distributorship in Calgary and was later promoted to VP Marketing for Tupperware Canada. Creber worked for several companies within the industry, but found his passion in association management with the Direct Sellers Association. He served two different terms as its President, and, in between, worked internationally with the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations. He was the recipient of the Ivan P. Phelan Award, the most distinguished honor in direct selling, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his commitment to the industry. Creber retired from the Canadian DSA in December 2013.

A devout Anglican, Creber attended and supported parishes in several major Canadian cities as well as London and Boston. An avid golfer, Creber was also a mentor and friend to many and will be dearly missed.

A funeral service was held on Oct. 2, 2014, at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Toronto. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Anglican Church of Canada or the Sleeping Children Around the World charity.

Herbalife Ltd.

Pamela Jones HarbourPamela Jones Harbour

Global nutrition company Herbalife Ltd. announced the appointment of Pamela Jones Harbour to the newly created role of Senior Vice President, Global Member Compliance and Privacy, reporting to Mark Friedman, Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Leading a global member compliance team across 91 markets, Harbour will develop and enhance policies and infrastructure that ensure effective education, training and mentoring programs for independent Herbalife members worldwide, underpinned by robust and consistent monitoring and enforcement procedures. In addition to her compliance responsibilities, Harbour will also coordinate the company’s global privacy and cyber security efforts.

“Pamela’s strong leadership capabilities will motivate and inspire our members to foster a culture of compliance and mutual respect,” said Friedman. “Her deep regulatory experience and expertise in consumer protection, privacy and data security are extraordinary, and I look forward to Pamela leading our efforts in these important areas.”

Harbour was formerly a partner at BakerHostetler, one of the nation’s largest law firms, and was Co-Leader of BakerHostetler’s national Privacy and Data Protection team. In addition to her roles in private practice, Harbour has spent time in government as a Commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission from 2003-2010 and as a prosecutor at the New York State Attorney General’s office for 12 years.

Dr. WangJae LeeDr. WangJae Lee

Harbour was selected as one of the top lawyers of 2014, chosen by her peers as one of Washington D.C.’s Super Lawyers. Among her other achievements, she was the 2010 recipient of the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s (EPIC) “Champion of Freedom Award” for her defense of consumer privacy as an FTC Commissioner.

In other news, Herbalife announced the appointment of WangJae Lee, Ph.D., M.D., an expert in immunology, to its Nutrition Advisory Board. Dr. Lee’s appointment further strengthens the board members to 27.

Dr. Lee is a distinguished professor at the Seoul National University’s College of Medicine. He is a member of Korean Society of Anatomists, Electron Microscopy Society of Korea, Korean Society of Immunologists and the American Association of Immunologists.

Nature’s Sunshine Products Inc.

Dr. William J. KellerDr. William J. Keller

Nature’s Sunshine Products Inc., a leading natural health and wellness company engaged in the manufacture and direct sale of premium-quality nutritional and personal-care products, announced that Dr. William J. Keller and Sang Geon Kim, Ph.D., have joined Nature’s Sunshine Products’ Medical and Scientific Advisory Board.

Dr. Keller currently serves as the Vice President of Health Sciences and Educational Services and Chief Scientific Resource Officer at Nature’s Sunshine, where he has worked since April 2001. He will continue to assist the company in this capacity and will lend support to ongoing research activities as well as help educate and train distributors at various company events.

Dr. Sang Geon KimDr. Sang Geon Kim

Prior to his coming to Nature’s Sunshine, Dr. Keller served in a variety of professional capacities. He has served as Secretary for the American Society of Pharmacognosy and has been a member of the Board of Trustees for the American Herbal Products Association. In the field of education and critical scientific review he has served on grant review panels, editorial boards and as a manuscript referee. Dr. Keller’s vast experience also includes almost 30 years as a professional pharmacist.

Dr. Kim is a professor of Pharmacology at Seoul National University in Seoul, South Korea. As part of serving on Nature’s Sunshine’s Medical and Scientific Advisory Board, Dr. Kim will assist with research activities, educate and train Nature’s Sunshine and Synergy distributors, and speak at various company events.

In 2010 Dr. Kim was honored by the President of the Republic of Korea, Ministry of Health and Welfare. Earlier that year, he was named the Scientist of the Month by the Ministry of Science and Education. Dr. Kim currently serves as Vice Director of the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Seoul National University. He is also the Director of the Innovative Drug Research Center for Metabolic and Inflammatory Disease (IDRC) at Seoul National University and maintains a professorship in the College of Pharmacy at the university.

PartyLite Worldwide

Celine MonnierCeline Monnier

PartyLite Worldwide, a leading party plan candle company, announced that Celine Monnier has been promoted to General Manager, PartyLite France.

Monnier joined PartyLite in 2011 as Area Sales Manager and was promoted to Director, Sales & Marketing. She has developed and tested new party formats and has collaborated with international peers to promote PartyLite’s vision to become Europe’s No. 1 social shopping experience.

“Celine has a strong knowledge of direct selling as well as a passion for supporting and developing her team,” said Robert B. Goergen Jr., CEO of Blyth Inc., parent company of PartyLite, and President of PartyLite Worldwide. “Her advancement symbolizes our company’s longstanding popularity in Europe and highlights the success of our unique PartyLite people-helping-people business model.”

Arbonne International

Joe WojcikJoe Wojcik

Arbonne International LLC, a direct seller of personal-care and wellness products crafted with premium botanical ingredients and innovative scientific discovery, has announced the appointment of Joe Wojcik as Senior Vice President of International. Wojcik will be responsible for leading Arbonne’s development of foreign markets, specifically international expansion into new markets, including Poland and Taiwan.

Before coming to Arbonne, Wojcik held international executive roles at two other direct sellers. He brings approximately 20 years of relevant experience to Arbonne, including international sales, strategic planning and expansion. Wojcik has extensive experience with diverse organizations, much of it specific to the direct sales industry and focused on Asia Pacific operations.

It Works!

Jannie HeimonenJannie Heimonen

It Works!, a skincare and nutrition company, announced the appointment of Janne Heimonen as President of International Operations.

As President, Heimonen will oversee operations and field management while spreading the It Works! culture of “black, green, and bling” throughout Europe, Australia and Canada. Heimonen is developing a local team to support all international markets, while planning future expansion.

Heimonen has over 20 years of industry experience, as both a distributor and corporate executive. Prior to joining It Works!, he worked as an independent consultant assisting U.S.-based companies grow their businesses in Europe.

“It is an exciting time to be part of It Works! as we continue to add to our corporate team to support our salesforce,” said Mark Pentecost, CEO of It Works!. “Janne embraces our culture, and we’re confident he is the right fit to help spread the ‘It Works! Way’ as we grow our international presence.”

Jusuru International

Dr. John A. GiannoneDr. John A. Giannone

Jusuru International, the company behind Liquid BioCell™, a new generation of nutraceuticals for healthy aging, active joints and younger-looking skin, announced that John A. Giannone, DVM, is the newest member of the company’s Scientific Advisory Board.

Dr. Giannone is currently the Medical Director and founding veterinarian of the Newport Animal Hospital in Newport Coast, California. A member of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the California Veterinary Association, Dr. Giannone’s areas of particular professional interest include internal medicine, surgery, cardiology, critical and emergency care, and avian and exotics medicine.

“I am proud and honored to be invited to be part of such an illustrious group of physicians and equally honored to be involved with such a stellar product,” Dr. Giannone said of his appointment.

MONAT Global Inc.

Stuart A. MacMillanStuart A. MacMillan

MONAT Global Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Alcora Corp. and a U.S. based hair-care company, announced the appointment of Stuart A. MacMillan as President.

Prior to joining the company, MacMillan has held a number of senior management responsibilities across diverse functional areas, most recently as Managing Partner of IMPACT This Day, where he offered guidance to Alcora’s directors on the establishment of and strategic direction for their new subsidiary: MONAT Global.

MacMillan was most recently President of another direct seller’s regional business in Canada and also headed its sales strategy in the U.S.

“Stuart’s support has been key since the beginning of this project and we are thrilled to welcome him now as President to lead this team,” said Rayner Urdaneta, CEO of MONAT. “We are certain that his dynamism, impressive professional accomplishments, and advanced understanding of the industry will lead MONAT Global to a place of prominence in both the direct selling and hair-care industries.”

Alcora also announced the following appointments to its management team: Jillian Corley, Vice President of Marketing; Javier Urdaneta, Director of Operations; Jael Weber, Manager of Latin Markets; Teresa Epps, Regional Sales Manager Southern U.S.; and Angela Orrico, Regional Sales Manager Northern U.S.

MONAT Global was founded in 2014 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alcora Corp., whose holdings include L’EUDINE Global, an established direct selling company specializing in premium beauty and wellness products throughout the U.S. and Latin America, and B&R Products, their research, development and manufacturing laboratory subsidiary.

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