CHESTERFIELD, Mo., March 29, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Reliv International, Inc. (RELV), an international manufacturer and network marketer of nutritional supplements and other food technology products, has named Eric J. Vill as the company's new Managing Director for its operations in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Eric will be responsible for sales growth and the development of Reliv's distributor network and operations in the region.
"We are excited to add someone of Eric's proven capabilities to help Reliv capitalize on the opportunity in this important market," says Reliv Senior Vice President, R. Scott Montgomery. "Eric is a solid performer, and a good fit for the way we do business. His hiring represents the first step in our stated goal to significantly expand Reliv's presence in Europe during 2005." In January, the company also announced plans to enter Germany -- with network marketing operations expected to begin there by the fourth quarter.
Eric has 26 years experience in the network marketing and direct sales industry, with positions throughout western and eastern Europe, as well as in Africa and the United States. Under his leadership, a network marketing company in the U.K. recently achieved a ten-fold increase in annual sales.
Reliv International, Inc., based in suburban St. Louis (USA), manufactures and distributes several lines of food products, including nutritional and fiber supplements, diet management products, functional foods, sports drink mixes and premium skin care products. Reliv International's common stock trades on The Nasdaq Stock Market(R) under the symbol RELV. Additional information about Reliv International, Inc. can be obtained on the Web at http://www.reliv.com .
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