The Natural Products Association (NPA) today announced that its Executive Director and CEO, John Gay, has left the association. NPA says it has already begun the process of selecting the next executive director.
The former CEO was called the "ideal person for the job" by then-president, Pat Sardell, when Gay took the position two years ago in November. During his tenure, the NPA was a strong champion of dietary supplements, among other issues. Recently, NPA urged industry to fight against supplements adulteration and took a strong position against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's New Dietary Ingredients guidance.
Gay's departure appears not to be influenced by trouble in the association. "NPA is well positioned to continue our legacy of leadership on issues important to the industry," said NPA President Jeff Wright in a release. "The association is in a sound position with membership on the rise. We have healthy reserves and revenue has grown the past several years. Most importantly, our members really make us effective at what we do.”
The association stated that while it searches for a new executive director, a leadership team comprised of Wright, Daron Watts, partner at Sidley Austin LLP, and other industry veterans will lead operations and oversee NPA's advocacy outreach and industry self-regulatory programs.