LOS ANGELES, May 23, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Herbalife Ltd. (HLF) Chief Executive Officer Michael O. Johnson has been elected chairman of the company's board of directors.
Since taking the helm in April 2003, Johnson has developed a close working relationship of mutual respect with the company's independent distributors, a factor considered by the nominating committee.
The board accepted the resignations of Chairman Peter Castleman and member David Halbert. Castleman and Halbert resigned to focus on their other business activities.
The board also created the post of director-in-charge of executive sessions, which will be held on a rotating, annual basis by an independent director, to facilitate executive meetings of the board's independent directors. Richard Bermingham has been appointed to this role for the next 12 months.
Since Johnson took the company public in December 2004, its market cap has nearly tripled.
About Herbalife Ltd.
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 64 countries through a network of more than 1.5 million independent distributors. The company supports the Herbalife Family Foundation ( http://www.herbalifefamilyfoundation.org) and its Casa Herbalife program to bring good nutrition to children. Please visit Investor Relations ( http://ir.herbalife.com) for additional financial information.
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