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Natural products movers & shakers—December 2016

Catch up on who did what in the natural products industry this month.

The Hain Celestial Group Inc. announced recent executive team appointments for Hain Celestial United States, Hain Pure Protein Corporation and Hain Celestial United Kingdom. Gary W. Tickle joins Hain Celestial as chief operating officer.  He has served in various executive roles driving innovation, global strategy development and execution at Nestlé Group. Jerome "Jay" W. Erskin joins Hain Celestial as chief supply chain officer.  He started his business career at Kraft Foods Inc. as a manufacturing and procurement manager and has served in various capacities at The Dannon Company, MARS Petcare, Chobani and SK Food Group. James "Jamie" F. G. Fay joins Hain Celestial as chief customer officer with a substantial background as a senior sales and marketing executive in the natural, conventional and mass channels, most recently at Nature's Path Foods. Leah Dunmore was appointed vice president, marketing, better-for-you pantry for Hain Celestial United States, having previously held positions at Campbell Soup Company and Mars Chocolate. At Celestial Seasonings, Tim Collins joined the company as vice president, marketing, having previously held positions with Kraft Heinz Company, Teavana at Starbucks, and Procter and Gamble. James R. Meiers has been appointed chief executive officer, Hain Pure Protein Corporation. James Skidmore has been appointed chief executive officer Hain Daniels.

Gary D. Wu, MD, is the recipient of the 2017 AGA-Dannon Gut Microbiome in Health Award from the AGA Research Foundation and The Dannon Company. Dr. Wu is a professor of medicine, Ferdinand G. Weisbrod chair in gastroenterology, and co-director of the PennCHOP Microbiome Program, at Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. 

Breanna Santy has joined the sales team at Vital Essentials as an inside sales representative responsible for the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions. 

C.A. Fortune announced that Dwight Richmond has been named vice president and will serve as the company’s enterprise leader in the natural channel. Richmond has more than 25 years experience in the natural grocery industry—in retail, distribution, wholesale, category management, including at the corporate level at Whole Foods Market and Earthfare.

Guy Woodman has been promoted to general manager of Euromed, a leader in standardized botanical extract manufacturing for the supplement, food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. He had worked alongside the former GM who just stepped down, Joe Veilleux, for many years, and is primed to take full responsibility for oversight of the firm’s U.S. operations.

The Organic Trade Association added Kelley Poole and Megan DeBates to its team as vice president of government affairs and director of legislative affairs and coalitions, respectively. Poole has previously provided oversight of public policy and regulatory activities to industry groups as director of government relations for Vertro Solutions, and served as special assistant to the under secretary for food, nutrition and consumer services under the Bush Administration. DeBates was formerly a senior legislative assistant to the U.S. Congressman Peter A. DeFazio.

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