People News: December 2022

Who is moving up and who is moving on in the natural products industry? Check out the latest news on new hires, promotions, and more!

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Anissa Medina has joined the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) as Education & Events Manager. Medina has served as Vice President for State Lobbying for the U.S. Hemp Roundtable. In her new role, she will manage and strengthen AHPA’s educational programming on regulatory compliance, technical issues, and other topics in the dietary supplement and natural products industries.

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has appointed Marc Rucker as Vice President, Finance and Administration. Rucker joins CRN after spending the four years as VP of Finance and Operations for the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Rucker will be responsible for the association’s finance, HR, and information technology matters. Rucker joins CRN upon the retirement of Sandra Khouri, who served in this role for more than a decade.

PLT Health Solutions, Inc., has appointed Edward Kim as General Director, South Korea, and Rodolphe Hang as Business Development Director, EMEA to support the company’s expansion. Mr. Hang will be based in France and Mr. Kim in Korea. Prior to joining PLT, Mr. Kim ran his own ingredient and consulting firm, Henus, and managed HFFI ingredient registrations for the Korean market. Mr. Hang worked for nearly a decade at various positions at Glanbia Performance Nutrition. In their roles at PLT Health Solutions, they will be responsible for defining, developing, and executing PLT’s sales and marketing efforts in their respective regions, working closely with key accounts, and managing PLT’s global distributor network.

The Organic Grower Summit presented by Western Growers and OPN named Jeff Huckaby as the recipient of the 5th annual Grower of the Year award. Huckaby, President and CEO of Grimmway Farms, was selected based on his ongoing commitment and dedication to excellence in organic production, organic industry leadership, and innovation. Huckaby is a fourth-generation farmer who has more than 30 years of farming management experience and deep roots in the produce industry.

Sunrise Strategic Partners (SSP) brought on operating partners with expertise in four key areas. Hunt Killough specializes in strategic omni-channel development and execution, as well as key customer, team and P&L management for small and mid-size high growth food and beverage companies. David Ziegert brings more than 25 years of consumer packaged goods experience with experience in general management, operations, supply chain and finance by strengthening strategic planning, leveraging operational processes and progressing results against commercial strategies. Jeff Perkel has nearly 20 years of experience delivering results for both emerging and established brands, with an emphasis on e-commerce, marketing and sales. Mark Doiron has more than 20 years of experience managing and executing commercial sales strategies of CPG businesses, with a focus on maximizing sales execution and trade fund management across channels. SSP also announced the additions of Peter Schnuck as Senior Associate and Lexy Brown as Associate.