Natural products people news: A new CEO at The Honest Co., Sabra appoints CFO

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

Veteran CPG leader, innovator and global brand builder Nick Vlahos took over as the chief executive officer at The Honest Co. as the company shifts to an omni-channel strategy. He has worked with Burt's Bees, Brita and Green Works, and succeeds Brian Lee in the CEO position. 

BI recently announced the promotion of Julie Bates, a customer service representative for seven years, to West Coast Regional Sales Manager. Responsibilities of this position include supporting and expanding BI's strong position with West Coast customers, as well as growing the company's customer base within the region.

Global financial leader Paula Fitzgerald was appointed chief financial officer of Sabra Dipping Company. She will oversee financial operations as Sabra drives growth to meet compelling consumer interest in hummus and wholesome plant based dips and spreads. Fitzgerald joins Sabra with nearly 10 years of experience at PepsiCo, which jointly owns Sabra with The Strauss Group. 

On International Women’s Day, Firmenich announced that Dr. Bérangère Magarinos-Ruchat, vice president sustainability partnerships, was recognized by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Leading Women Awards. WBCSD launched this inaugural award to distinguish the 10 most outstanding women leaders advancing the United Nations sustainable development goals within WBCSD member companies.

Hippeas organic chickpea puffs announced the appointment of CPG veteran Joe Serventi as general manager. Prior to joining HIPPEAS, Serventi served as the executive vice president of corporate development at barkTHINS, where he built out the larger organization and infrastructure while establishing the disruptive snack brand in the competitive marketplace. Hippeas has also invested in expanding its sales force nationwide with the additions of Josh Francis as vice president of sales and Luke Ledyard as director of sales. 

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