September 01, 2015
Executive Announcements, September 2015
Top USANA Executives to Share CEO Role
USANA Health Sciences Inc. announced that the board of directors has appointed Dave Wentz and Kevin Guest as Co-CEOs of the company. Wentz, the son of USANA’s Founder and Chairman Dr. Myron Wentz, will oversee USANA’s global operations, while Guest will lead USANA’s worldwide field development and sales efforts.
“As USANA approaches the $1 billion revenue milestone, the board is preparing for the next chapter of growth,” said Dr. Myron Wentz. “With USANA’s expanding global presence, and the demands on the chief executive position, the board determined that a division of responsibilities within the CEO role would maximize USANA’s potential.”
Wentz and Guest have both been with USANA for many years—Wentz since 1992 and Guest since 2003—where they have served in various executive roles.
Wentz, USANA’s current CEO, is fresh off a one-year leave from the company, which he took to recharge and spend time with his family. He continues to direct the vision of USANA and works closely with the company’s executive team and board of directors.
Guest most recently served as President of USANA, overseeing all of the operations, marketing, and recognition for the company worldwide.
USANA also reported that Paul Jones, Chief Financial Officer, has been appointed Chief Leadership Development Officer, where he will be responsible for the key role of overseeing USANA’s global executive development and succession planning program. Jones will continue his CFO responsibilities while the company initiates a search for a new Chief Financial Officer.
Richard T. Riley Joins Tupperware Brands Board of Directors
Tupperware Brands Corp. announced that Richard T. Riley has been elected to the company’s board of directors, joining 11 other board members.
“We’re delighted to add Richard to our board,” said Rick Goings, Chairman and CEO. “His breadth of knowledge in global and emerging markets will contribute valuable expertise to our leadership team. This addition reflects our continuing goal to tap into emerging markets and we look forward to his contributions.”
Riley is a CEO with almost four decades of hands-on experience leading successful public and privately held businesses in a wide variety of industries.
He is currently the independent chairman of the board of Cimpress, N.V., an international market leader in personalized products and services for small businesses. He has served in senior executive positions with Lojack Corp., New England Business Service Inc. and Rapidforms Inc., after beginning his career at Arthur Andersen & Co.
4Life Makes Additions to C-Suite
4Life has enhanced its leadership team with the appointments of David Vollmer, Ph.D., as the company’s Chief Scientific Officer and Andy Weeks as Chief Information Officer.
Vollmer joined 4Life in 2013 with more than 15 years of experience in quality control and analytical laboratory management, primarily in the pharmaceutical industry. Previously, Vollmer served as the company’s Vice President of Quality and Analytical Services. Since joining 4Life, Vollmer has been responsible for numerous quality processes, as well as the implementation of 4Life’s analytical laboratory, which validates the potency, purity, and quality of all 4Life products.
Weeks has been with 4Life for 15 years and served in the areas of technical support, programming, and systems development. Most recently, he held the title of Vice President of Software Development. He holds a degree in Business Information Systems from Utah Valley University.
New Chief Sales Officer Joins LifeVantage Team
Following the April appointment of Darren Jensen as CEO, wellness and anti-aging brand LifeVantage is making another change to its executive team. The Salt Lake City-based company recently introduced Justin Rose as its new Chief Sales Officer.
“Justin will play an integral role as a member of the new leadership team being assembled to stimulate the future growth of LifeVantage,” Jensen said of the brand’s new CSO.
Rose is no stranger to the industry, having spent the past two decades in sales and marketing roles at a series of direct selling companies. In his most recent position, Rose headed up regional sales development, sales incentives, distributor events and recognition, call center operations, and field training and support for North America.
“I look forward to enhancing the partnership between the Distributors in the field and the corporate office by implementing programs and incentives that better align field performance with corporate objectives, and stimulate the company’s long-term growth,” Rose said.
Mannatech’s Al Bala Takes on New Role as CEO
Nutritional and wellness company Mannatech has promoted its President, Al Bala, to CEO.
Bala gives his passionate support to the company’s sales Associates and has been a key contributor to bringing Mannatech back to profitability. He has 35 years of experience working in the direct sales industry, with 28 of those spent as a field sales leader. He joined Mannatech in 2007 and rapidly increased his responsibilities at the company, ascending to the position of President in June of 2014. Bala also played a crucial role in Mannatech’s expansion into 15 countries since 2007, including South Africa, Mexico, Scandinavia and soon, Colombia.
“In Al Bala, Mannatech has a leader with a deep understanding of the daily effort it takes to succeed in the direct sales industry, as well as someone who knows how to build internationally,” said Stan Fredrick, Chairman of Mannatech’s Board of Directors. “We’re fortunate to have that person serving Mannatech as its President, and delighted to also have him now serve as CEO.”
In 1992, Bala left a position as manufacturing plant manager for Bose Corp. to launch a full-time direct selling career. Before joining Mannatech corporate, he was a field sales leader at a leading direct selling company, where his team launched operations in more than 65 countries.
iNovaLife Appoints Carlos Rey as Vice President Of Sales
Carlos Rey has been hired as Vice President of Sales at iNovaLife, a Canada-based membership savings company. According to Founder and COO Martin LeBlanc, he will be integral in the consolidation of the company’s Canadian presence and execution of its international expansion.
“Connecting with Carlos Rey was very refreshing, and bringing someone in who understands and had success in the service industry was part of our growth strategy in Canada,” said LeBlanc.
Rey has created more than one large direct selling organization, having reached high levels in two of the industry’s largest companies.
An immigrant from Cuba, Rey learned to love entrepreneurship from his father who owned his own business. After Hurricane Andrew destroyed the family business, Rey found direct selling.
“Since then, we have helped thousands of people around the world to become financially independent and have found my real purpose in life, helping others succeed.”
iNovaLife, founded in 2014, has a mission to improve people’s quality of life through offering the consumers the opportunity to realize significant savings on a range of services, including insurances, mortgages, credit cards and home renovations.
LR Group Strengthens Management Team
As part of its ongoing international growth strategy, LR Group decided to further reinforce the management team by appointing Thomas Stoffmehl as CEO. Through his leadership, LR will support its promise of “More quality for your life,” which focuses on brand development, innovation leadership, increased standardization of the business model, and digitalization as well as strengthening the company’s global presence.
As former CEO of bofrost*, a German distributor of high-quality frozen foods, Stoffmehl contributes his long-standing experience in direct sales as well as knowledge in managing an international company with gross revenue of more than 1 billion Euros.
Annique CEO Appointed South Africa DSA Chairman
Ernest du Toit, CEO of South African direct selling company, Annique Health and Beauty, was appointed Chairman of the Direct Selling Association of South Africa at a recent directors meeting in Johannesburg. He will replace out-going chairman, Richard Clarke.
Du Toit’s career has seen him develop his skills in marketing, sales, strategy development and general management, over more than 20 years. In 2007 du Toit assumed management of and ultimately acquired Annique Health and Beauty, a company founded in 1971 that exports its products to 18 countries worldwide and has over 15,000 active Consultants.
He became a Director of the DSA in 2002 and has served as its vice chairman for the past five years. He was furthermore appointed as a board member of the World Federation of Direct Selling Association (WFDSA) in 2013.