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People news: CRN, NOW Foods, Key Technology, Pharmline

The March 2011 issue of Functional Ingredients takes a look at people in the news in the following companies: Council for Responsible Nutrition, NOW Foods, Key Technology, Pharmline and Chr. Hansen.

New chairman, board members at CRN
Jim HamiltonThe Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has elected Jim Hamilton, president of DSM Nutritional Products, as chairman of the association's Board of Directors. Hamilton has held posts in Europe, Canada and the United States over the course of his 25-year career in the nutrition industry. He has served on the CRN Board for more than five years, most recently as chair-elect. Other new officers elected to the Board include: Chair-elect John Blair, Juice Plus+; Treasurer Ron Fugate, Alacer Corp.; Secretary Kristen Blanchard, Nutramax Laboratories; and Immediate Past Chair Mark LeDoux, Natural Alternatives International.

Science research manager hired
Richard Sharpee, Ph.D., has been hired as the scientific research manager at NOW Foods of Illinois. He oversees new product development, clinical testing and technical support for the Protocol For Life Balance practitioner product line. Previously, he was vice president of product development and manufacturing process development at Enzymatic Therapy. He has more than 20 years of experience in research, product development, GMP manufacturing and technical marketing support in the industry.

ConAgra account manager for Key Tech
Rob FlodinRob Flodin, the new major account manager for ConAgra at Key Technology, brings 20 years’ experience to the position. Most recently, he was plant manager for Aweta Autoline Systems. Previously, he was west coast sales manager for Doboy. Flodin holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Washington State University. Key Technology is an ISO-9001 certified company, and a leading designer and manufacturer of process automation systems, integrated electro-optical inspection and sorting systems, and processing systems. The company’s common stock trades on The NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol: KTEC.

New chief of business development
Richard Wine has taken on the role of strategic business development for Pharmline. He is responsible for promoting the company's GMP/HACCP manufacturing services in the areas of premixing, blending, granulation, micronization and microencapsulation. The company, based in Florida, N.Y., achieved HACCP certification in April 2009. It was part of a larger strategy of ensuring quality and safety of its ingredients launched since January 2008. Other efforts have included GMP recertification by the Natural Products Association, ISO-9001 certification and restarting operations in Shanghai to conduct regular GMP and environmental audits with its vendors.

HR exec wins award in Denmark
Jasper AllentoftThe corporate vice president for stakeholder relations at Chr. Hansen, Jasper Allentoft, was named HR Manager of the Year by the Association of Human Resource Managers in Denmark. Allentoft was the driving force behind a pilot program that offers high-level training and development to top Chr. Hansen employees. The program is called "Knowledge  Pilot – The Professional Specialist."

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