Schiff Nutrition International, Inc., (NYSE: WNI), appointed former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Del Monte Foods, Richard G. Wolford, 66, to its board of directors.
Eric Weider, Schiff Nutrition’s chairman, said: "Rick brings significant experience to our team. While at Del Monte Foods, he led efforts to develop and purchase strong and growing brand equities. The company grew from a $1 billion consumer foods business into one of the country’s largest and most well-known producers, distributors and marketers of premium quality, branded food and pet products with close to $4 billion in revenue.”
"The board and I have set important goals to drive shareholder value,” stated Tarang Amin, president and chief executive officer of Schiff Nutrition. "We look forward to Rick’s insight as we focus on our long-term growth strategies.”
Wolford added, "With its strong management team, I believe Schiff Nutrition is well positioned to pursue its objectives of building premium brands, leading innovation, expanding the channel and geographic footprint of the company, pursuing acquisitions and driving world-class operations. I am excited to join this talented and motivated team at this pivotal juncture.”
In March 2011, Richard G. Wolford retired as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Del Monte. He had served as Chief Executive Officer since 1997 and Chairman since 2000. Wolford began his career in the food industry joining Dole Foods in 1967. Beginning in finance, he held a range of international management positions, and in 1982, he began his five-year tenure as President of Dole Packaged Foods. In 1987, Wolford joined with venture capital investors to invest in and develop businesses in the food industry.
Wolford served the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) as Chairman of the board of directors from 2010 until 2011, Vice Chairman of GMA from 2008 until 2010 and as Chairman of GMA’s Industry Affairs Council from 2005 until 2010. He also served on the board of directors for the Consumer Goods Forum (the global association of Consumer Packaged Goods companies) and the Bay Area Council. Wolford graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Economics.
About Schiff Nutrition
Schiff Nutrition International, Inc. develops, manufactures, markets and distributes branded and private label vitamins, nutritional supplements and nutrition bars in the United States and throughout the world. Schiff’s portfolio of well-known brands includes Schiff Move Free®, Schiff® Vitamins, Schiff MegaRed®, Schiff Mega-D3®, Tiger's Milk®, Schiff Sustenex® and Schiff Digestive Advantage®. To learn more about Schiff, please visit the web site www.schiffnutrition.com.