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Bushway new OTA director

The Organic Trade Association named former Washington lobbyist Christine Bushway as the organization's new executive director.

Bushway served as a lobbyist and spokeswoman for the egg industry. She created a public relations and marketing firm serving the food and agriculture industries.

"I think she is a solid leader and she has a good background in marketing, which will be valuable to help promote our industry and move it forward, and I think she has a good history of being a consensus builder and being a leader," says Matt McLean, vice president of the OTA's board of directors. "She's a good hire. Very professional, and she comes off as having a good personality, very warm, very easy to talk to. I'm excited about what she can do for our industry."

Bushway replaces interim executive director David Gagnon, whom the board appointed after Caren Wilcox's two-year run ended in June. Bushway is the third executive director in the organization's 23-year history.

Riedel named Solgar's president

Karl Riedel has been named president of Solgar Vitamin and Herb, based in Leonia, N.J. Riedel will oversee business operations for the brand both in the United States and internationally.

Riedel has more than 25 years' experience in the natural products industry. Prior to joining Solgar, he was president of Larkspur, Calif.-based Nature's Life. Riedel has also been a frequent speaker at industry trade conferences on issues from marketing to regulatory compliance.

He has held several positions at the Natural Products Association, where he served four terms as a member of the board of directors, was founder and chair of the international committee, and was a 16-year member of the committee for product and label integrity. Riedel has also been a member of—and long-time adviser to—many other industry associations, including Citizens for Health, the American Herbal Products Association and the International Alliance of Dietary Supplement Associations.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVI/number 8/p. 9

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