LOS ANGELES--Oct. 23, 2003--Herbalife International, Inc. today announced the appointment of Brett Chapman as general counsel with responsibility for all legal matters relating to the company's business around the world. Chapman will report directly to Michael O. Johnson, the company's chief executive officer.
Chapman's expertise in corporate and international law was refined during thirteen years at The Walt Disney Company, most recently as senior vice president and deputy general counsel for The Walt Disney Company, with responsibility for all legal matters relating to Disney's Media Networks Group, including the ABC Television Network, the company's cable properties including The Disney Channel and ESPN, and Disney's radio and internet businesses.
Previously, Chapman was senior vice president and general counsel of Walt Disney International and senior vice president and assistant general counsel of The Walt Disney Company where he had overall responsibility for all of the company's legal affairs outside of the U.S. Earlier he served as senior vice president of worldwide business and legal affairs for Disney's Buena Vista Home Entertainment division, and senior counsel in its corporate legal department where he was involved in various acquisitions including that of Miramax Films and the Miyazaki film library.
Prior to joining Disney, Chapman was with the Los Angeles office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, a multi-disciplinary law firm with offices worldwide, and the London office of Linklaters and Alliance, a leading English law firm. He holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Business Administration from California State University Northridge, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern University.
"Conducting business in 58 countries around the world as we do demands an intelligent and experienced professional like Brett," said Michael O. Johnson, chief executive officer. "Brett has a broad range of corporate and international experience which I am sure we will come to depend upon."
"This role will enable me to both provide legal counsel and to facilitate the company's business," said Chapman. "I will be working closely with our worldwide operations to ensure that we provide the best possible legal services to support our distributors."
Chapman is the latest Herbalife hire brought in as part of new Chief Executive Officer Michael O. Johnson's team to reinvigorate the brand around the world. Recent appointments include Greg Probert, chief operating officer who dramatically grew profitability at The Walt Disney Company's Buena Vista Home Entertainment; Matthew Wisk, chief marketing officer, who played an instrumental role internationally in making Nokia a global household name; Randy Brogna, vice president of event management and communications, who set new standards in live entertainment; and Henry Burdick as vice-chairman, who for the past 35 years has been an innovator in the wellness industry for such companies as Pharmavite, Crystal Geyser Water and Pharmanex.
About Herbalife International
Herbalife is a leading company in science-based weight management and meal replacements. The Company offers a wide range of weight management products, nutritional supplements and personal care products intended to support weight loss and a healthy lifestyle. The Company's products are marketed through a network marketing system comprising approximately one million independent distributors who conduct business in 58 countries in the Asia/Pacific Rim, Europe and the Americas. In 2002, the Company had gross revenues of $1.8 billion. For more information, visit www.herbalife.com.