October 02, 2017
Executive Announcements, October 2017
Lauren Walker Promoted to Young Living Chief Supply Officer
Lehi, Utah-based Young Living Essential Oils, a leading supplier of essential oils, has promoted Lauren Walker to the role of Chief Supply Officer.
Since joining Young Living in 2016, Walker and her team have further implemented rigorous sourcing standards while also streamlining manufacturing, warehousing and fulfillment operations.
“Lauren embraces Young Living’s passion for being stewards of the earth,” said Jared Turner, Young Living Chief Operating Officer. “Her experience and expertise in project management, manufacturing, and supply chain gained throughout her career has been a great addition to our strong executive team.”
Walker leads the sourcing pillar of Young Living’s Seed to Seal program (Sourcing, Science and Standards), which governs how Young Living obtains its products and is a major part of how the company verifies its essential oils and premium ingredients were produced and manufactured according to industry best practices.
Throughout her three-decade career with high-profile international companies, Walker has established herself as a leader and an innovator in streamlining global systems. She has worked for Xerox, Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson in multiple capacities. Prior to joining Young Living, she was Vice President of Manufacturing at another top direct selling company.
Dr. Brannick Riggs Joins doTERRA’s Corporate Team
Pleasant Grove, Utah-based doTERRA, a leading global essential oils company, has appointment of Dr. Brannick Riggs to its corporate administration team as Vice President of Healthcare Initiatives and Chief Medical Director of doTERRA’s medical clinic.
Riggs, who has served on doTERRA’s medical advisory board for five years, will continue to practice medicine while advancing the work doTERRA has already begun in research and healthcare in this newly created position.
“Dr. Riggs will lead doTERRA’s new healthcare clinic that assimilates western medicine with integrative health practices,” said David Stirling, doTERRA Founder and CEO. “With over 15 years of medical experience, we can’t imagine someone more prepared or qualified to assist us than Dr. Riggs.”
While serving on the company’s medical advisory board, Riggs made major contributions to doTERRA’s research and education initiatives. Prior to joining doTERRA, he taught as an associate professor at the University of Utah College of Medicine, practiced as a physician and partner at Revere Health and served as Revere Health’s Medical Director of the Northern Utah Region. He graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
Gold Canyon Announces New President and CEO
Gold Canyon International, the Chandler, Arizona-based direct seller of specialty fragranced products and styled accessories, has appointed A.K. Khalil as its new President and CEO.
Khalil’s appointment marks a strategic move by Gold Canyon’s ownership to bring on an energetic change agent, a leader and a visionary who has 18 years of hands-on experience as a distributor, consultant and corporate executive.
“If I had one word to describe A.K., it would be pure energy,” said John Makoff, Gold Canyon’s Managing Board Member. “Within two minutes of being around him, you immediately begin to feel your energy and excitement being lifted. Couple that with his unique ability to create a clear vision for the future, and excellence in leadership, sales, training and marketing, and we believe Gold Canyon has literally struck gold.”
A University of Michigan graduate, Khalil spent the past five years serving as President of what was then an early-stage direct selling company. With his strategic and tactical leadership, the company soon became a leading direct selling company with annual revenue exceeding $100 million.
“With enhancements planned for all areas of the business, Gold Canyon will soon be considered the gold standard in everything that we touch,” said Khalil. “Our goal is to revolutionize the way direct selling sells.”
Gold Canyon was founded in 1997 and has a salesforce of thousands of Independent Consultants across North America.
Youngevity Appoints Taffuri As VP Of International Sales And Operations
Youngevity International Inc., a leading omni-direct lifestyle company, has appointed Luke Taffuri to its management team as VP of International Sales and Operations. Taffuri brings more than 22 years of direct selling experience in various positions including Chief Operating Officer at Sorvana International, his prior company, which recently was acquired by Youngevity. At Sorvana he developed and led a global expansion campaign that led to the successful opening of 26 international markets.
The VP of International Sales and Operations position was necessitated because of the growing list of countries in which Youngevity now operates. Recent acquisitions have increased geographic expansion and distribution into eight Asian markets while at the same time Youngevity continues to focus on growing its presence in Latin America and Eastern Europe.
Steve Wallach, Chairman and CEO of Youngevity, said, “Our entire management team is very excited to announce the creation of the VP of International Sales and Operations role, and believe we found the perfect candidate in Luke Taffuri.”
Dave Briskie, President and CFO of Youngevity, added, “Mr. Taffuri’s international and business development experience is timely and crucial for us as we continue to expand our global reach.”
Thirty-One Hires Jeff Dahl to Serve as President
Columbus, Ohio-based Thirty-One Gifts has hired Jeff Dahl, an industry leader who has worked extensively in more than 30 countries, as the company’s President. Cindy Monroe, Thirty-One’s founder, will continue in her role as CEO.
“We’ve worked hard over the past few years to set Thirty-One on a path of long-term growth,” Monroe said. “Jeff’s background, skill set and international experience will complement the strengths of others on our leadership team. With Jeff on board, I am confident we can take Thirty-One to the next level.”
Dahl has more than 35 years of experience working for internationally recognized companies such as The Coca-Cola Company and Lufthansa. He has spent the past 12 years in the direct selling industry. Throughout his career, he has driven growth and delivered bottom-line results across varied industries, channels and markets while balancing company culture and values.
“I’m looking forward to joining the company and getting to further know the team,” said Dahl. “It’s my goal to use my international and cross-functional business experience to lead continual growth for Thirty-One on both a national and a global scale.”
In his new role, Dahl will focus on driving innovation and the execution of Thirty-One’s major growth initiatives.
Douglas Robinson Joins Heka Corp. As CEO
Heka Corp., an early stage products and services company in the healthy living space, has hired Douglas Robinson as CEO. Through its partnership with World Global Network Corp., Heka’s technology-based health products will join World Global’s other offerings of media, mobile and wearable technologies, including Helo, its smartband and bio monitoring system. Future Heka products will include diagnostic and related analysis kits, smart bands approved for the healthcare sector and a range of apps such as a non-invasive, blood glucose monitoring app, which is soon to enter clinical trials.
Robinson brings more than 30 years of healthcare industry leadership expertise to this role, having held senior leadership positions with PricewaterHouseCoopers, Deloitte Consulting and United Health Group. Robinson also spent several years leading a successful health and wellness company in the direct selling channel.
“I am very excited and honored to take Heka Corporation forward. We have the opportunity to arm healthcare consumers with wearable devices that will forever change the relationship between patient and provider.”
Fabio Galdi, CEO of World Global Network Corp., added, “I am delighted that Doug has joined Heka. I am confident that with Doug’s experienced leadership, Heka will successfully navigate the regulatory environment and will build a successful partnership with us, so that World Global Network can supply the need for Helo in the healthcare sector.”