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October 01, 2015

Executive Announcements

Executive Announcements, October 2015

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Nu Skin Brings New Leadership to Global Sales Organization

Ryan NapierskiRyan Napierski

Nu Skin Enterprises Inc. has named veteran talent Ryan Napierski as President of Global Sales and Operations, following the departure of Dan Chard.

In more than 20 years at Nu Skin, Napierski has held a number of roles across the company’s global operations. He spent the past eight years in Asia, where he most recently served as President of both Nu Skin Japan and Nu Skin North Asia. In 2014, North Asia accounted for 30 percent, or $783.0 million, of Nu Skin’s $2.57 billion revenue.

Napierski’s earlier roles within the company included Vice President of Global Business Development, overseeing Nu Skin’s global compensation plan; General Manager for the United Kingdom; and Vice President of European Business Development.

“With every promotion or new assignment over the years, Ryan has proven himself an able leader and has met each new challenge with excellence,” Truman Hunt, President and CEO, said in a statement. “I have every confidence that Ryan has the right experience and expertise to lead Nu Skin’s global sales organization.”

“While we are pleased to welcome Ryan back to our U.S. headquarters, I want to acknowledge Dan’s significant contributions to our company,” Hunt added. “On behalf of everyone at Nu Skin, we thank Dan for his years of service and wish him all the best for the future.”

Mannatech Executive Promotions to Fuel Company Momentum

Russ WoodRuss Wood
Joel BikmanJoel Bikman

Under the leadership of new CEO and President, Al Bala, nutritional and wellness company Mannatech Inc. announced a series of executive promotions.
Russ Wood, Vice President of Hong Kong Sales and Marketing, has been promoted to Regional President of Greater China where he will lead the company’s continued growth in Hong Kong and bring the Mannatech opportunity to new territories within China.

Joel Bikman has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and Landen Fredrick moves to Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and IT. Chris Simons, Regional President, will add North America to his areas of responsibility.

“We are committed to supporting the entrepreneurial spirit of our sales Associates, and to do so we need to move quickly and on an international scale,” said Bala. “These outstanding leaders will ensure we create a culture where our sales Associates can build the best, most stable, long-term businesses possible.”

According to Bala, Wood has been key to Mannatech’s growth in Hong Kong, having established operations there in 2013. He successfully introduced new products, designed sales incentives and worked heavily with Associate leaders while designing future plans for Mannatech’s Chinese expansion. Wood will report directly to Patrick Park, Mannatech’s Regional President of Asia.

Landen FredrickLanden Fredrick
Chris SimonsChris Simons

As part of Bikman’s promotion, the company’s corporate research and development and customer service teams will be integrated with the sales and marketing department and report to him. Bikman has been with Mannatech since 2014.

Fredrick, who has been with Mannatech since 2006, will lead efforts to synergize internal operations, including Mannatech’s IT group, with the company’s supply chain and regulatory affairs organizations for greater agility and efficiency.

Mannatech Regional President Chris Simons will add North America to his list of oversight responsibilities, which currently includes Europe, South Africa and Australasia. Simons, who has been with Mannatech since 2008, has provided pivotal leadership in these markets and in supporting the implementation of the company’s system to help sales Associates advance their business and personal development.

LifeVantage Continues Executive Overhaul with New CFO

LifeVantageLifeVantage’s Sandy, Utah, headquarters.

LifeVantage has announced another appointment to its executive team, under the leadership of CEO Darren Jensen, who joined the company in April. After bringing on a new Chief Sales Officer in July, the wellness and anti-aging brand has introduced a new Chief Financial Officer, Mark Jaggi.

Since beginning his finance career at the Ford Motor Co., Jaggi has served as Chief Financial Officer at a succession of companies, including furniture maker O’Sullivan Industries; pharmaceutical, household and pet products company Summit Industries, where he also served as CEO; and health and wellness group TwinLab Consolidated Holdings. At TwinLab, Jaggi’s financial and operational leadership included heading up the company’s debt and equity financing.

“Mark Jaggi brings the perfect mix of business acumen and financial expertise to the company,” Jensen said in a statement. “His years of experience in the nutritional supplement industry as a finance and operations executive, and within growing, publicly traded companies gives Mark a clear understanding of what needs to be accomplished to successfully and responsibly position LifeVantage for long-term sustainable growth.”

Plexus Welcomes Christopher Reid as Vice President of Compliance and Corporate Affairs

Christopher ReidChristopher Reid

Christopher Reid has joined Plexus Worldwide, a direct seller of weight-loss and health supplements, as Vice President of Compliance and Corporate Affairs. He will report directly to CEO Tarl Robinson.

“We’re very excited to add Chris’ extensive legal and compliance expertise within the network marketing industry to the Plexus team,” Robinson said. “As Plexus continues its phenomenal growth, Chris will play a significant role within the organization as we expand.”

Reid has practiced law for 33 years. His first 10 years were in the banking industry and the past 23 years has been spent as general counsel and head of compliance in the direct sales industry. Reid’s focus has been on enterprise compliance, FDA, advertising, intellectual property and transactional law.

Momentis Makes New Hires with Relaunch as Anti-Aging Company

Muzafer NajfiMuzafer Najfi
Dwain Morris-IrvinDwain Morris-Irvin

As part of its relaunch into the anti-aging industry, Momentis International has hired Dwain Morris-Irvin, Ph.D., MPH, as its Chief Science Officer and Muzafer Najfi as its Executive Vice President of Sales and Field Development.

In 2014, Momentis International acquired the science, patents and intellectual property behind M-Rejuvenate, its anti-aging product, and now has brought in Morris-Irvin, a neuroscientist and stem cell biologist, to lead all science and clinical research projects.

Morris-Irvin received his Ph.D. in pharmacology and developmental neuroscience from UCLA School of Medicine, and MPH from UCLA School of Public Health. He trained at The Wallenberg Neuroscience Center at Lund University in Lund, Sweden, and also was a professor and faculty member at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Department of Neurosurgery, in Los Angeles. His research focus has been on neural stem cells and the potential role of cell replacement therapy for patients with Parkinson’s disease as well as immunotherapy for brain tumor patients.

Najfi has been a professional business networker with more than 19 years of experience in coaching, training and helping people with personal development as well as in building network marketing businesses. He has been a top independent distributor and corporate executive, consulting for several companies on their compensation plans and marketing strategies as well as trained multiple organizations. Najfi is also the co-author of Wealth Matters (The Makeover Edition).

Momentis International was founded in 2010, and mostly concentrated on the energy and home services sector. The company’s move into the anti-aging industry is a refocus it calls Momentis 2.0.

ASEA Announces Duvan Botero as General Manager of Mexico

Duvan BoteroDuvan Botero

After one year of operation in Mexico, ASEA, an emerging global company in cellular health, will be opening an office in Guadalajara, Mexico, and has appointed Duvan Botero as General Manager of Mexico.

Previously, Botero served as the Regional Sales Director of Mexico and U.S. Hispanic markets. As the General Manager of Mexico, Botero will now focus his efforts on developing and implementing sales, promotions and event strategies to support the continued expansion of ASEA.

“I’m looking forward to this exciting new opportunity to sustain and increase continued growth in this important market,” said Botero. “This in-market office will be instrumental for ASEA’s future expansion into all regions of Mexico.”

Eris Ching Has Joined NuCerity in Greater China Region

Eris ChingEris Ching

Skincare company NuCerity has appointed Eris Ching as the Sales and Marketing Associate Director for Greater China.

Under the direction of Shawn Larsen, Vice President of Asia, Ching will oversee the markets of Hong Kong, Mainland China, and Macau and will manage all business strategy, sales, and marketing functions in these regions.

Throughout his 10 years in the network marketing industry, Ching has served in a variety of capacities, including customer service, operations, sales, and marketing. He also spearheaded the launch of new markets with other U.S.-based network marketing companies.

“I am very excited and look forward to working with the quality distributors, leaders, and talented staffs toward the purpose of Creating Beautiful Lives,” Ching said.