CRN Seeks Dynamic Leader For Association's Top Position

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 16, 2004 -- The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), one of the dietary supplement industry’s leading trade associations, is seeking a high-energy leader to fill the position to be vacated by current CRN President Annette Dickinson, Ph.D.

According to Mark LeDoux, CRN Board member and chairman of Natural Alternatives International, Inc., who is heading up the CRN President/Chief Executive Officer Search Committee, “We are looking for a high-energy leader who will proactively advance CRN’s science-based initiatives in the federal and international legislative and regulatory arenas. This person will be called upon to take a highly active and visible role in representing and leading the dietary supplement industry.”

The search committee is comprised of nine CRN Board members including Mark LeDoux and the following executives: E. Charles Brice of Kemin Foods, L.C.; Edward Croom, Ph.D., of Indena USA, Inc.; Andrew Davis of Wyeth Consumer Health; Byron Johnson of Access Business Group/Nutrilite and chairman, CRN; Harvey Kamil of NBTY, Inc.; Joseph LaPlaca of DSM Nutritional Products, Inc.; John Venardos of Herbalife International of America, Inc.; and Tom Zimmerman of Pharmavite LLC.

Dr. Dickinson, who has been with CRN for 31 years, serving as president for approximately the last two, has publicly announced plans to retire from CRN in spring 2005, but says she is flexible if the right person comes along sooner. “I can adjust my plans if needed to accommodate a candidate who prefers to start sooner. This is a wonderful opportunity for someone who is knowledgeable about dietary supplements, nutrition, or a related field; has a keen interest in science; and is passionate about working to promote and protect an industry’s future.”

CRN has posted a full job description on its website, with instructions on how to apply for the position:

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973, is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing dietary supplement industry ingredient suppliers and 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. For more information on CRN, visit

Judy Blatman
Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN)
Telephone: 202-204-7962

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