People News: April 2015

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Forsyth, MO-based National Enzyme Company promoted Charlie Amidon to president of the company. He will continue to serve as chief operating officer as well.

Sabinsa Corporation of East Windsor, NJ, hired Rick McNail as Eastern regional sales manager and Jan A. Obirek as regional sales manager for California.

GloryBee, Inc. of Eugene, OR, founded 40 years ago, made several management changes, with the family’s second generation taking over the reins. Alan Turanski, son of founders Dick and Pat Turanski, is now the president and RaeJean Wilson, daughter of the founders, was promoted to senior executive vice president. Mr. Turanski assumed the position of chief procurement officer, while Mrs. Turanski is now chief stewardship officer.

NBTY, Inc. of Ronkonkoma, NY, created a scientific advisory council, which will be chaired by David L. Katz, M.D., MPH, FACPM, FACP, founding director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center. The members include J. Thomas Brenna, Ph.D., of Cornell University; Martin H. Floch, M.D., MACG, FACP, AGAF, from Yale University School of Medicine; Gilbert Leveille, Ph.D., of Leveille Associates; Diane L. McKay, Ph.D., FACN, from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and Tufts University; David Nieman, Dr.PH., of Appalachian State University and the Human Performance Lab at the North Carolina Research Campus; board-certified family physician Aviva Romm, M.D., and Susan Hazels Mitmesser, Ph.D., the director of nutrition research at NBTY.

Dr. S.K. Dash, chairman and founder of UAS Laboratories, LLC, received Utkal University’s highest academic honor, an Honorary Doctor of Science degree. The university honored him for his contributions to probiotic research and development.

Alkemist Labs of Costa Mesa, CA, announced that Paul Burns joined the company as director of sales and Robin Mullin came on board as director of talent, learning and culture.

Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. of Phoenix, AZ, hired Daniel Bruni as chief information officer.

Enzymedica, Inc. of Venice, FL, appointed Puthugramam C. (Sundar) Sundareswaran, Ph.D., to the position of executive vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs.

The Vitamin Shoppe, Inc., N.Bergen, NJ, announced Colin Watts will be its new CEO. Watts will be succeeding Tony Truesdale, who will be retiring in June. Watts was recently president of Weight Watchers Health Solutions.

Published in WholeFoods Magazine, April 2015