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Supplements manufacturer NOW Foods of Bloomingdale, Ill., hired Jim Ritcheske as marketing manager and Carol Dunning as human resources manager. Ritcheske has more than 15 years? experience in the natural products industry and previously worked with Eden Foods and Nature?s Sunshine. Dunning has more than 24 years? experience in human resources management.

Portland, Ore.-based, Healthnotes Inc., which provides health, food and lifestyle information for Web sites and in-store kiosks, hired Jeffrey P. Beyer as chief operating officer. Beyer, a longtime Johnson & Johnson executive and former president of WellMed, has a background in corporate expansion strategies, brand positioning and consumer packaged goods.

Burlingame, Calif.-based GCI Nutrients USA, a worldwide ingredient supplier, welcomed back Laura Minighini as the Western region sales representative. Minighini joins GCI after a five-year absence spent working for the raw botanicals industry. The company also named Sumant Kapoor vice president of sales and marketing. Kapoor has an educational background in chemical engineering.

Chicago-based marketing firm Information Resources Inc. has hired Thomas J. Blischok as president of retail solutions, strategic consulting and integrated solutions.

Homeopathic medicine manufacturer Nelson Bach USA of Wilmington, Mass., has named Clara Chan-Brueschke director of finance and Mike Carter vice president of sales. Chan-Brueschke brings more than a decade of international business experience to Nelson Bach, where she will oversee the U.S. and Canadian financial operations. Carter brings nearly 30 years of consumer products sales experience, including management positions with Max Factor and Revlon.

Portland, Ore.-based Leopold Ketel & Partners, the advertising agency for Emerita women?s natural health care products, has named Olga Haley managing director, public relations.

Generation Plus, a Phoenix-based supplements manufacturer, has appointed Brad Cooper senior graphic designer and Hudson Genovese copywriter and junior graphic designer.

Dan Church is the new president of Bastyr University, the Seattle-based accredited natural healing institute. Church most recently served as the general secretary and chief executive of the General Council on Ministries of the United Methodist Church.

Boulder, Colo.-based Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy Inc. hired William Parker as chief operating officer. Parker has held various retailing leadership positions, most recently with Gateway Corp. as president and general manager.

Boulder, Colo.-based Wild Oats Markets Inc. named Dan Bolstad senior vice president of operations. Bolstad has more than 25 years of operations and management experience in food retailing and was previously the senior vice president of operations for ShopKo Stores in Green Bay, Wis.

Wholesome Sweeteners Inc. announced that Jeff Seidel will join the company in the newly created position of chief commercial and financial officer. Seidel most recently served as director of the specialty products group for Imperial Sugar Co.

Boulder, Colo.-based IZZE Beverage Co. hired Peter Burns as vice president of sales.

Geni Herbs, the Noblesville, Ind.-based manufacturer of botanical extracts, has hired Keith Browning as logistics director.

Toronto-based Ruth?s Hemp Foods has hired C. Wesley Crain as U.S. sales manager. Crain has more than 17 years of experience in socially responsible businesses.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVI/number 9/p. 148

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