People News July 2020

Sprouts Farmers Market has announced Gilliam Phipps as Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer. Phipps will oversee Sprouts’ marketing, advertising, customer engagement and private label teams and will report directly to CEO Jack Sinclair. With over twenty years of experience, Phipps served as Vice President of Branding, Marketing at The Kroger Co., Director of “Own Brand” at H-E-B, and led new product development/national category management at Hormel Foods.

Lonza has appointed Pierre-Alain Ruffieux as CEO, effective November 1 2020. He is currently Head of Global Pharma Technical Operations at Roche; previously, he has worked at Novartis. He has over 20 years’ experience in biopharmaceuticals.

Belcampo has announced Heather Cooper as Senior Vice President of Sales. Joining Belcampo from Kite Hill, Cooper brings over 20 years of experience in the better-for-you consumer packaged goods industry to Belcampo, with expertise in scaling businesses and helping them expand broadly in a sustainable way. Prior to joining Belcampo, Cooper served as VP of Sales at Kite Hill, in addition to working in sales and marketing roles at Bell Sports, Clif Bar, Seventh Generation and L’Oréal.

AIDP, Inc. has announced Daniel Warzinski as a Sales Account Manager for the Northeast region. With 10 years of experience selling in the Dietary Supplement and Sports Nutrition Markets, Dan has worked in several capacities with Milk Specialties, Agropur Ingredients and Douglas Labs.

Functional Remedies has announced a new partnership with Dr. Joel Kahn who will serve as the company’s Brand Ambassador and expert on the health benefits of full-spectrum hemp oil products. Based in Detroit, Dr. Kahn runs a preventive cardiology practice where he uses Functional Remedies’ products for relief from a variety of ailments including migraines, anxiety, and stress. Dr. Kahn has authored scores of publications including articles, book chapters and monographs.

OmniActive Health Technologies has announced Jim Hamilton, as its new global CEO. With over 35 years in the nutrition products industry, Hamilton has served as President and CEO of Neptune Wellness Solutions, and as a member of DSM Nutritional Products Human Nutrition business global management team with responsibility for the North American region. Milind Sarwate has joined the company’s Board of Directors as Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee. Sarwate is the Founder & CEO of Increate Value Advisors LLP, which focuses upon value creation for listed and unlisted companies. Sarwate has over 36 years of leadership experience in promotership, governance, risk management, capability building for finance, HR, structuring, talent management, strategy, corporate branding and maximizing social sector impact.

Aker BioMarine has appointed Anca Vislie as marketing manager of its Human Health & Nutrition department. With more than 15 years of experience managing and developing brands within the consumer goods industry, Anca previously worked in Brand Management, Marketing Management, E-commerce and Social Media for companies including: TINE Corporate Brand, YT, Biola, Möller’s Tran, and Orkla. Anca will help spearhead marketing and branding strategies, brand building and will be responsible for helping to create value for the Superba Krill customers.

OmegaQuant Founder and President, William S. Harris, PhD has been inducted into the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) Class of 2020 Fellows. Dr. Harris’ research has focused on understanding the role of omega-3 fatty acids in lowering risk for cardiovascular disease. In his 40-year career, Doctor Harris has been the principal investigator on five omega-3-related NIH grants, has 300 omega-3-related publications and co-authored three American Heart Association Advisory Statements on omega-3 (and omega-6) fatty acids and heart health. In 2004, Dr. Harris and his colleague, Clemens von Schacky, MD, developed (and continue to validate) the “Omega-3 Index” (a measure of EPA and DHA in red blood cells) as a new risk factor for cardiovascular (and perhaps neurocognitive) disorders. In 2009, he founded OmegaQuant Analytics, LLC, to offer fatty acid testing services to researchers, healthcare providers, and consumers.

Lief Labs has announced former Lief board member, Helder Guimarães, as Chief Financial Officer. Guimarães brings to Lief over 14 years of experience, previously working in the energy and technology sectors in the U.S. and internationally, including Portugal, Germany and Canada. Guimarães’ previous experience includes finance and business strategy roles at Envent Corporation, as well as senior finance positions at other firms, such as Primetag, General Electric, Martifer and Crowe Horwath.

Kate Farms has announced Christopher (Casey) Bauer as Executive Vice President, Product and Operations. Bauer will oversee supply management, procurement, manufacturing, distribution and quality in addition to product development and innovation. Prior to Kate Farms, he served as Chief Operating Officer at Nutrabolt, a leading global sports nutrition company where he was instrumental in scaling operations with quality and innovation. Before his role as COO, Bauer was Senior Vice President of Supply Chain at Nutrabolt, with a focus on the supply chain planning process.

The Alkaline Water Company Inc. has hired Nicholas Salimbene as Director of Operations. Salimbene will manage all operational aspects of the Alkaline88 and A88 Infused lines by managing all co-packing facilities and implementing policies, processes, and procedures. He will also support manufacturing innovation efforts and new product rollouts for the Company.

Stratum Nutrition has hired Kyle Haws as Regional Operations Manager. He is responsible for separation and further processing facilities, inventory management and shipping. Previously, Haws worked for ZAF Energy Systems.

Santevia has announced Jackie Chura as National Sales Manager.

Organic Valley appointed Joseph Eagleeye as Chief Financial Officer of CROPP Cooperative. Eagleeye will oversee the cooperative’s finance, accounting, investor relations, demand management, supply forecasting, information resources, business insights, data science, and trade promotions functions.