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CRN welcomes new scientist to its team
Douglas (Duffy) MacKay, N.D., has joined The Council for Responsible Nutrition's team of scientists as vice president, regulatory and scientific affairs, complementing the expertise of John Hathcock, Ph.D., Andrew Shao, Ph.D., and consultant and former CRN president, Annette Dickinson, Ph.D. Prior to joining CRN, Dr. MacKay served as vice president, clinical research, for Nordic Naturals, where he was responsible for product formulation, coordinating clinical trial research, serving as technical/medical advisor, and managing the firm's Adverse Event Reporting system. Dr. MacKay also previously served as a senior technical advisor for Thorne Research and senior editor of the peer-reviewed clinical journal, Alternative Medicine Review. In addition, for seven years he was a co-owner and doctor in a complementary and alternative private practice, the Makai Naturopathic Center in New Hampshire.

GNC Names Michael M. Nuzzo as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
General Nutrition Centers, Inc., a global specialty retailer of nutritional supplements, has named Michael M. Nuzzo as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Mr. Nuzzo joins GNC after spending the past nine years with Abercrombie Fitch, where his last position was the senior vice president, finance.

Raymond SignoreNew manager at BI
Raymond Signore is the new East-coast regional sales manager for BI Nutraceuticals, a global full-service supplier of dietary-supplements and functional-foods ingredients. Signore will be responsible for supporting and expanding BI's position with East-coast customers, as well as growing the company's customer base within the region. Previously, he held sales-manager positions at Generichem Corp and Stryka Botanics, where he oversaw East-coast sales of raw materials to the nutritional-products industry. He also was vice president of purchasing and vice president of sales and marketing at Pure World Botanicals.

VP of global sales
Long-time veteran of the beverage industry Lars Nilsen has joined Designer Whey as senior vice president of global sales. Nilsen brings worldwide sales and marketing experience from Coca-Cola and Jones Soda, and nutritional-juice company Nutri-Fruit. Designer Whey is a product of NEXT Proteins, a manufacturer of whey-based products, including powders, bars and beverages, since 1993.

Jim CudahySabinsa picks president
Sabinsa has named Jim Cudahy as president, responsible for managing day-to-day operations of both the New Jersey and Utah offices. Cudahy has more than 26 years of experience in the consumer packaged-goods industry, working for several Fortune 100 companies in the food space including Kraft and Kellogg. Additional experience includes working for Nellson Nutraceuticals, a manufacturer of functional bars and powders.

Hui Zhu, PhDZhu Joins Specialty Enzymes
Hui Zhu, PhD, has become the new laboratory manager for Specialty Enzymes and Biochemicals, a major manufacturer and supplier of enzymes and probiotics. His responsibilities include maintaining GMP standards, QC/QA, managing laboratory staff and heading up research. Zhu has completed two postdoctorates, the most recent of which was in tumour research at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. In addition, he was the lead author in six peer-reviewed journal articles, and has been honoured with the Ms Ivy Wu Fellowship as well as the Distinguished Presentation Award from the American Transplantation Congress.

IADSA elects leaders
The International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations (IADSA) elected new leadership at its annual general meeting in Verona, Italy. Byron Johnson, former chairman of the US Council for Responsible Nutrition, was elected chairman. Peter Van Doorn, nominated by the European trade organisation EHPM, was elected vice chairman, and Ric Hobby, nominated by the UK Council for Responsible Nutrition, was elected treasurer.

Insider named CEO
ForesTrade, a supplier of organic tropical spices, vanilla, essential oils and fair-trade coffee, has selected Jim La Rosa as its CEO and president. La Rosa has worked with ForesTrade for four years as vice president of sales and marketing. He was co-CEO from 2005-2006, and has 30 years of experience in sales, marketing and business management.

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