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People news: March 2010

Cara Welch, PhD, joined the staff of the Natural Products Association as program director for the Department of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs.

Chicago–based market research firm Mintel appointed Pete Giannakopoulos as president of Mintel Americas’ Consumer Packaged Goods business.

South Dakota State University appointed S.K. Dash, PhD, as adjunct professor of the Department of Food Science and Nutrition. Dash founded Minneapolis-based probiotics manufacturer UAS Laboratories in 1979.

Vitamer Labs, manufacturer of natural private-label dietary supplements, announced changes in the executive leadership at its parent company Nexgen. Steve Brown will become CEO and chairman of the board of Nexgen Pharma. His son, Kyle Brown, will become the president of the private-label division, and his son-in-law Ian Gibson will be president of the Nexgen division of Nexgen Pharma.

Sebastopol, Calif.–based dietary supplements provider Traditional Medicinals hired Greg Royal as southeast regional sales manager.

Boulder, Colo.-based research institute The Organic Center announced a new board of directors. Joan Boykin will take the role of executive director and Mark Retzloff will be chairman of the board. Steve Hoffman of Compass Natural Marketing will continue leading the communications department. New to the Center’s board of directors are Blaine McPeak, president of White Wave Foods; Peter Burns, president and general manager of Celestial Seasonings/The Hain Celestial Group; and Ryan Black, founder and CEO of Sambazon.

Beverage manufacturer New Leaf Brands, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., appointed David Tsiang as its new chief financial officer. Tsiang has been a director of New Leaf Brands since June 2007.

President and CEO of the Independent Grocers Alliance Mark Batenic added global responsibilities to his role, becoming the CEO of IGA Global.

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