WASHINGTON, D.C., June 14, 2004 - Annette Dickinson, Ph.D., president, Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), today publicly announced her plans to retire as president, effective spring 2005, in order to pursue personal plans to relocate to Minneapolis, Minn., with her husband.
The CRN Board of Directors announced the appointment of a search committee to hire a new president. Mark LeDoux, CRN Board member and chairman of Natural Alternatives International, Inc., will head the effort.
According to CRN Chairman Byron Johnson, nutrition industry relations director, Access Business Group/Nutrilite, "Our association and our industry is fortunate to have a leader like Dr. Dickinson whose strong scientific background and regulatory expertise have earned the respect and admiration of industry colleagues, government agencies, congressional offices and the academic community. As CRN President, she reenergized the CRN membership and staff, and the association is stronger today than it was before she took the presidential reins. We are confident we will find a vibrant leader with a dynamic vision for CRN and our industry that incorporates science-based principles and industry responsibility. Dr. Dickinson's plans to stay until spring 2005 provide a timeline that will allow for a smooth transition."
Dr. Dickinson stated, "My husband and I had originally been planning to move to Minneapolis by 2003 to be closer to family, but we changed those plans after I was asked by the CRN Board to accept the role of president."
Dr. Dickinson was the original staff person at CRN when it was founded by three vitamin companies in 1973. She served in various positions throughout her 31-year tenure, including as vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs. In early 2003 she was named president.
Dr. Dickinson said, "It's been a privilege for me to serve our member companies and this industry for more than three decades. We've done an enormous amount of good work but there is still more to be done as we strive to raise the bar for responsible manufacturing and marketing of high quality, safe and beneficial dietary supplements for the millions and millions of consumers who value our products as part of a healthy lifestyle."
The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), one of the dietary supplement industry's leading trade associations, is based in Washington, D.C., and represents dietary supplement industry ingredient suppliers and product manufacturers. CRN members adhere to a strong code of ethics, comply with dosage limits and manufacture dietary supplements to high quality standards under good manufacturing practices.