Irwin Simon of Hain Celestial

Hain Celestial founder and CEO Irwin D. Simon to step down

As the natural and organic food company shifts its strategy and looks to divest its protein business, it also launches a search for a new leader.

The Hain Celestial Group Inc., a leading organic and natural products company with operations in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East providing consumers with A Healthier Way of Life, today announced a chief executive officer succession plan, whereby, upon the hiring of a new chief executive officer, Irwin D. Simon, founder, president and CEO will become non-executive chairman of the board for a transition period to work closely with the incoming CEO. Hain Celestial's board of directors has engaged a leading global executive search firm to assist the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee in identifying a successor for the role of president and CEO.
 
Irwin D. Simon commented: "When I founded the company 25 years ago, one of my goals was to educate and change the way the world eats and lives through a relentless focus on providing organic, natural and better-for-you products to consumers. I am incredibly proud of the company we have built. It has been a privilege to lead our dedicated team and drive our mission forward."

"Hain Celestial has been a visionary in the organic and natural products industry, and we are still leading the way," he continued. "This is an exciting time of business transformation for us as we build upon our considerable achievements and advance our strategic growth and cost savings objectives via Project Terra to create shareholder value. I firmly believe that some of our greatest opportunities lie ahead, and I am confident now is the right time for our next generation of leadership. I look forward to working with the board of directors in its search for the next CEO as we seek to capitalize on our enviable position as a leader in organic, natural and better-for-you products."

Andrew R. Heyer, Hain Celestial's lead director, commented, "Irwin is an incredible entrepreneur and pioneer in the organic and natural foods industry, where he started with a vision and built it into a $3 billion company. On behalf of the board of directors and the entire Hain Celestial team, I want to thank Irwin for his vision, leadership, commitment and tremendous contributions over his distinguished 25-year career since founding Hain Celestial."

Andrew Heyer continued, "The board of directors is committed to conducting a thorough and comprehensive search to identify the best person to serve as the company's next president and chief executive officer. In addition, the working group previously established by our board of directors to consider strategic alternatives for the company continues to aggressively evaluate its portfolio of businesses, brands and operating strategy to further enhance shareholder value."

The company also reiterated its fiscal year 2018 financial guidance previously provided on May 8 and remains on track to complete the divestiture of Hain Pure Protein Corporation during the first half of fiscal year 2019.

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