WASHINGTON, D.C., January 6, 2003 - Byron Johnson, nutrition industry relations director, Access Business Group/Nutrilite, has been elected chairman of the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), one of the dietary supplement industry's leading trade associations. Mr. Johnson, who will hold the office through December 2004, succeeds Bill Van Dyke, president, B&D Nutritional Ingredients, Inc., who will serve as immediate past chair.
Mr. Johnson is an active leader in the dietary supplement industry and was first elected as an officer of the CRN Board as treasurer in 1998. Most recently he served as the Association's chair-elect (2000-2002).
A member of the State Bar of Michigan, Mr. Johnson was an attorney in private practice before joining Access Business Group. Prior to his current position, he served as vice president and general counsel of the Nutrilite Division. Currently, he oversees regulatory laws, regulations and corporate compliance matters in the nutrition business line, as well as managing industry relationships and serving as liaison to several industry trade associations of which Access Business Group is a member.
Working with Mr. Johnson on CRN's Board of Directors will be 21 elected member company representatives, including the following newly-elected officers: Chuck Brice (Kemin Foods, L.C.), chair-elect; Mike Doyle (BASF Corporation), treasurer; David Morrison (Pharmaton Natural Health Products), secretary; and Annette Dickinson, Ph.D., (CRN), acting president.
According to Dr. Dickinson, "On behalf of myself and the staff at CRN, we look forward to working closely and productively with Byron and the entire CRN Board to proactively move forward our industry's agenda to responsibly market safe and effective dietary supplement products manufactured to high quality standards based on sound science."