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People News: Cyvex, OmniActive, NSF, PL Thomas

The December 2010 issue of Functional Ingredients takes a look at people in the news in the following companies: Cyvex Nutrition, OmniActive, NSF International and PL Thomas.

Cyvex Nutrition names director of operations

Cyvex Nutrition has appointed Quang La as its director of operations, overseeing the company's operational aspects, including supply-chain management, inventory control and purchasing, product-quality assurance and internal efficiency measures. La's 12 years of purchasing and inventory control experience includes positions at Dermalogica and six years in various supply-chain roles at BI Nutraceuticals, where he most recently served as materials manager.

3 join OmniActive's sales services team

Three new employees have joined OmniActive Health Technologies: Darrec Jones, sales executive; Vikrant Lal, technical sales manager; and Sara Zoet, customer coordinator. The new additions will focus on promoting the company's proprietary weight-management and eye-health ingredients, service its current customer base and develop new product offerings for the U.S. market. Jones has held sales and management positions at Walter Leasing, an import/export transportation company, and Spirit Relocation Services.  He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing from the East Carolina University School of Business. Lal previously worked in business development for Symrise and PepsiCo and with the flavor design team at Firmenich. He holds a bachelor's degree in food science from Rutgers University. Zoet previously held positions in pharmaceutical and medical education advertising at Access Communications and Integrated Communications. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from Centenary College in New Jersey.

Manager named to NSF's food-safety team

NSF International has appointed Donna Garren, Ph.D., to president and general manager of NSF Davis Fresh, a provider of food-safety audits, consulting, training and testing services for the produce industry. Dr. Garren will work closely with the NSF Davis Fresh team to verify safer, consistent produce practices. Dr. Garren has more than 14 years of experience working in the food industry. Most recently, she served as vice president, Food Safety Programmes, for The Consumer Goods Forum, where she managed the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) activities in the North American region.

PL Thomas recruits senior sales executive

Marjorie Harlow has been hired as a senior sales executive for PL Thomas. Harlow has 20 years of experience in technical sales of food and nutritional ingredients.  She has a bachelor's degree in food science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an MBA from the University of Hartford. She has sales and marketing positions at AAK, Balchem, IFF, Orafti and Roquette America. PLT has recently begun extending its North American sales focus more internationally. The company has hired its first employees outside the U.S. and is doubling the size of its Morristown, N.J., headquarters.

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