Hauser Names Vice President, New Products and Business Development

LONG BEACH, Calif./LONGMONT, Colo., Oct. 15, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Hauser Inc. (OTCBB:HAUS) today announced the appointment of Anthony F. Del Vicario to the newly created position of vice president of new products and business development.

Del Vicario, 37, is a veteran of the healthcare industry, having spent most of his professional career with Novartis AG, a global healthcare company with annual revenues exceeding $19 billion. He most recently served as vice president of strategy for Geneva Pharmaceuticals, the generic drug subsidiary of Novartis. In that role, he was responsible for developing, defining and coordinating strategy with the marketing, business development and product development departments. Earlier, Del Vicario was Geneva's vice president of marketing, where he oversaw the launch of new products, managed the company's product portfolio, and directed all marketing functions. He began his career at Novartis as sales representative and rose through the ranks holding a number of management positions in marketing and product management. Del Vicario earned a master's degree in management from Stanford University and bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Kenneth Cleveland, president and chief executive officer, said, "Anthony's strong background in healthcare, business development and marketing combines qualities we see important to Hauser's next stage of growth. We look forward to his contributions as we focus on developing and marketing nutritionally significant products that extend Hauser's legacy of scientific achievement."

Hauser, headquartered in Long Beach, California and Longmont, Colorado, is a leading supplier of herbal extracts and nutritional supplements. Hauser's products and services are principally marketed to the pharmaceutical, dietary supplement and food ingredient businesses. Hauser's business units include: Botanicals International, ZetaPharm and Hauser Contract Research Organization.

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