People News - December 2009

Nikken has new sales manager
Nikken Foods USA of St Louis has hired Lori Hamilton as its national sales manager. She has had a successful career in food-ingredients sales and national account management, specializing in natural colours and flavours. She has a bachelor's in chemistry and a master's in business administration from Southern Illinois University. Nikken Foods USA is a division of Nikken Foods Company Japan.

Two newbies at NutraGenesis
NutraGenesis of Vermont appointed Shelly Huber as an account executive for the inside sales team. With experience in product sales and customer service, Huber will help introduce NutraGenesis' bulk branded ingredients to product marketers. In addition, the company named Sherry Durfey as its customer services and logistics manager. With extensive experience in the nutritional supplements industry, Dur-fey will be overseeing all customer-related production and support services.

NPA names CEO and new committee member
Natural Products Association (NPA), the nation's largest and oldest nonprofit organisation dedicated to the natural-products industry, named John Gay as its executive director and CEO. Most recently Gay was senior vice president, government affairs and public policy, for the National Restaurant Association. In addition, Steve Siegel was named to serve on NPA's raw-materials committee for 2010. Siegel is the vice president of Ecuadorian Rainforest, a supplier of natural botanicals.

Sales director at Denomega
Mike O'Shea is the new director of sales and marketing at Denomega Nutritional Oils. He previously worked at Borregaard's fine-chemical business. He has more than 20 years of international experience in the pharmaceuticals industry. O'Shea holds a BSc in Chemistry from Cardiff University and an MBA from Henley Business School in the UK.

Key account manager at PL Thomas
PL Thomas of New Jersey has hired Terese O'Neill as key account manager. Her focus is on the food and beverage, dietary supplements and cosmeceuticals markets. O'Neill worked for Danisco during the last decade where she most recently was regional director of the emulsifier business. She developed the trans fat-free business with speciality fats and emulsifiers. She also worked at ADM, where she was on the development team for its nutraceutical business. She earned her MBA at Illinois State University.

New director for NEC's Gift of Hope charity
Gift of Hope, a charity started by the owners and employees of National Enzyme Co, has named Meghan Connell as its new director. Connell has been involved in the Taney County community for more than 14 years, in both charity fundraising and event planning. Gift of Hope sponsors programmes that provide children with school supplies, food and clothing, as well as provide assistance to qualified families in need of rent, utilities, food and Christmas gifts.

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