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Natural products people in the news: CRN promotes 3 | Lotus Foods cofounder receives Leadership Award for Citizenship

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

Salt of the Earth Ltd. has appointed David Hart as business unit director. He will report to the CEO and be responsible for global business of Mediterranean Umami, an all-natural sodium reduction solution. Hart has more than 12 years of international experience in food, functional food and health ingredients markets. He has held commercial positions in the industry since 2004, including at multinationals LycoRed and Frutarom. In his most recent position, he served as vice president of marketing at Qualitas Health, responsible for the creation of global sales and marketing infrastructure for Almega PL, an award-winning, plant-based omega-3 ingredient.

Ronald Pillsbury has joined UAS Labs, a leading manufacturer of probiotic supplements for the global market, as chief operating officer. His most recent endeavors have been specifically within the supplement industry, including the VP of operations for Pharmavite and most recently as the COO of NOW Foods. 

Earth Mama welcomes Guinevere C. Lynn as the vice president of sales. With over 20 years of sales experience and leadership, she brings a strategic approach along with a range of management talents applied to customer service, sales operations, strategic planning and innovative programs designed to serve the customer, the retailer and the distributor all at once. Previous to joining Earth Mama, Guinevere applied her talents at some of the best companies in our industry, Gaia Herbs, Vega and for 15 years Sun Chlorella.

Ken Lee, cofounder and co-CEO of rice company Lotus Foods, received the Specialty Foods Association Leadership Award for Citizenship at a ceremony during the Winter Fancy Food Show. Under Ken's leadership, Lotus Foods has established supply chains in four countries, with some of the most marginalized but innovative rice farmers practicing climate-smart growing techniques, while preserving the rich heritage of rice biodiversity. 

The Council for Responsible Nutrition has promoted three executives, effective immediately: Mike Greene has been promoted to senior vice president, government relations, from vice president; Nancy Weindruch to vice president, communications, from senior director, and Ingrid Lebert to senior director, government relations, from director.  

The sales team for Vital Essentials raw pet food company is expanding with the addition of Joey Weichmann as southwest regional manager. Prior to joining Vital Essentials, he led sales efforts for a regional firm based in Wisconsin. He also has experience in retail management with national department and grocery stores.

Natural Habitats USA Inc., a leading organic palm oil company, has relocated its headquarters to Boulder, Colorado, and announced three new additions to its growing team: Andy Thornton was appointed as COO of the Organic Animal Nutrition division of Natural Habitats USA; Adriane Pilcher was named as marketing director, Natural Habitats Group; and Nancy Schoemann is now logistics and administrative manager, Natural Habitats USA, Inc.


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