LOS ANGELES, Aug 21, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Herbalife Ltd. (HLF) announced the appointment of Robert Engelbrecht as vice president of human resources for the company's EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region. Further implementing its global HR strategy, the company also appointed Takayuki Ikeda as director of human resources supporting the North Asia region.
"These new appointments reflect Herbalife's ongoing commitment to our people and their development as we implement best practices around the world to benefit our employees," said Patrick Dailey, Ph.D., senior vice president, human resources.
Engelbrecht will be responsible for the EMEA region's 880 employees based in 17 locations throughout that region, including the company's EMEA headquarters in Uxbridge, West London.
He brings with him more than 20 years' experience in people development and organizational and cultural change in a number of industry sectors including manufacturing and fast moving consumer goods.
Prior to joining Herbalife, Engelbrecht spent seven years with Sara Lee International, latterly as vice president of human resources for the direct selling division where he implemented and was responsible for instituting best practices and improved capability programs across EMEA, Latin America and Asia Pacific. During his last year he led the departmental efforts for the company's ultimate divestment to Tupperware and the successful transfer of all 6,500 employees.
Previously Engelbrecht was vice president of human resources for coffee specialists Douwe Egberts, DE Coffee Systems and Jacqmotte Coffee House in Belgium, a group of businesses with a combined turnover of approximately EUR 200m.
His earlier career was spent developing extensive experience in all aspects of HR with companies that included Kraft Foods and Colruyt.
Engelbrecht holds a master's degree in sociology and a postgraduate degree in press and communication science, both from the University of Ghent, Belgium. He is member of the HR Directors Club and the Society for Human Resource Management.
Ikeda, who will oversee human resources for Japan and Korea, is based in the company's Tokyo office. He has two decades of experience in human resources, with expertise in melding corporate cultures, personnel matters, and instituting best practice policies.
He served most recently as general manager of human resources for Warner Music Japan Inc., where he led efforts on the company's revitalization project, as well as the implementation of employee training programs. Previously, he served as director, human resources, at Opnext Japan, Inc., which manufactures and sells fiber optic devices for the telecommunications industry. Ikeda also held human resource positions at Lucent Technologies Japan, Ltd; served as HR director of Hilti Japan Ltd, PepsiCo Food Service Japan, Inc., and at Wilson Japan, Inc., a sporting goods company. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Meiji University, Tokyo.
The company also has dedicated human resources personnel in each of its regions.
Herbalife ( http://www.herbalife.com) is a global network marketing company that sells weight-management, nutritional supplements and personal care products intended to support a healthy lifestyle. Herbalife products are sold in 62 countries through a network of more than one million independent distributors. The company supports the Herbalife Family Foundation ( http://www.herbalifefamily.org) and its Casa Herbalife program to bring good nutrition to children. Please visit Investor Relations ( http://ir.herbalife.com) for additional financial information.