NORTH BERGEN, NJ, Jan 14, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- The Vitamin Shoppe announced that Richard Tannenbaum has joined the company as Vice President of Business Strategy. Mr. Tannenbaum joined The Vitamin Shoppe in December 2007 in this newly created position, reporting directly to CEO Tom Tolworthy. In this capacity, Mr. Tannenbaum is responsible for the strategic planning of the company as well as new business channels and opportunities.
"As the Nation's fastest growing specialty retailer of dietary supplements, our growth has given us opportunities outside our current store expansion," said Tom Tolworthy, CEO of The Vitamin Shoppe. "We are delighted to add Rich to our management team to assist in the integration of new revenue opportunities."
"The Vitamin Shoppe is clearly a leader in the health and wellness industry," said Tannenbaum. "I'm excited to integrate new ideas for the company as well as enhance some of the exciting efforts that are already in place."
Prior to joining The Vitamin Shoppe, Mr. Tannenbaum was the Vice President of Distribution Services for PetSmart. Before PetSmart, Mr. Tannenbaum was the Director of Supply Chain at POM Wonderful and Vice President of Distribution for eToys. He began his career at The Franklin Mint in the engineering group.
Mr. Tannenbaum holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering, with Honors from Penn State University, and studied at the Australian National University.
About Vitamin Shoppe Industries, Inc.
Vitamin Shoppe is a leading specialty retailer and direct marketer of nutritional products based in North Bergen, New Jersey. The company sells vitamins, minerals, nutritional supplements, herbs, sports nutrition formulas, homeopathic remedies, and other health and beauty aids to customers located primarily in the United States. The company carries national brand products as well as exclusive products under The Vitamin Shoppe, BodyTech, MD Select, and VS Basics proprietary brands. The Vitamin Shoppe conducts business through more than 330 company-owned retail stores, national mail order catalogs, and two websites, www.vitaminshoppe.com and www.Bodytech.com.