People News: December 2020

Tom Grillea has joined Palko Services as the distributor’s new CEO. Grillea brings over 25 years of experience from other distributors, as well as retail experience from his time at Vitamin Shoppe.

Shirley Cohen has been appointed the new CEO of Lycored. Cohen has over two decades of management experience in multinational companies. She will oversee major expansion. The company recently announced that it is more than doubling its tomato-based lycopene production to meet unprecedented demand. Cohen replaces Rony Patishi-Chillim, who joined Lycored in 2014 and takes up the role of VP, Finance at ADAMA, Lycored’s parent company.

NOW has promoted Aaron Secrist to Executive Vice President of Quality, R&D and Operations of the NOW Health Group. The company has also hired Joe Carney as Vice President of Operations. Secrist previously served as NOW’s Quality & Regulatory Manager since 2011. Carney brings over 15 years of operations and continuous improvement experience, working for some of the industry-leading food manufacturing companies in North America such as Conagra Brands, Bimbo Bakeries USA, and most recently overseeing the manufacturing operation for Beyond Meat.

Joining the KOS team: Derek Dearwater as the new Chief Revenue Officer and Kevin Dalaeli as the new Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to KOS, Dearwater worked as President at Naturade, while Dalaeli previously worked for Nutrabolt.

Mike Sharman has joined Lemon Perfect as Senior Vice President of Sales. With over 25 years of industry experience, Sharman has worked for Vitaminwater, Essentia, ZICO, and Recess.

Everything Food has welcomed Vitus Spehar as Executive Director of Impact. Spehar, who previously worked for the James Beard Foundation, will lead nutritional literacy, storytelling, and food access programming.

Borealis Foods has announced Nandu Nandkishore, former global CEO for Nestlé Nutrition, as an Advisor to its Board. Nandu has 38 years of global experience in nutrition and functional foods.

The newest member of the board of The American Nutrition Association (ANA) is Deanna Minich, MS, Ph.D., FACN, CNS, who is also taking the role of President of ANA’s American College of Nutrition.