Enzymedica of Port Charlotte, FL, promoted Gary Trimble to director of personnel and Scott Cloud to executive vice president of sales.

Lundberg Family Farms, based in Richvale, CA, announced that Mark Lundberg was elected chairman of the board.

NeoCell of Santa Ana, CA hired Tim Mount as brand educator.

Simi Valley, CA-based derma e Natural Bodycare hired Linda “LuLu” Bannerton as midwest regional sales manager.

Eric Skae left the position of CEO at New Leaf Brands, introducing David Fuselier as the new CEO. Skae has moved on to found Scout Beverage with Frank Maher.

D.D. Williamson of Louisville, KY promoted Greg Kreder to director of global quality.

Virginia Dare Extract Company of Brooklyn, NY appointed Robert (Bob) J. Verdi as business director of health and wellness.

Steven Dentali, Ph.D., chief science officer for the American Herbal Products Association, Silver Spring, MD, is now the chair of the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Dietary Supplement Nomenclature Joint Subcommittee.

Brenda Watson, author, digestive health expert and founder of ReNew Life Formulas, Inc., of Clearwater, FL, will launch her fifth PBS show, Heart of Perfect Health in late November/early December 2012. This “groundbreaking exposé” will discuss heart disease and “a hidden condition known as silent inflammation.”

The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. of Melville, NY announced the planned retirement of Ira J. Lamel, executive vice president and chief financial officer.
In Memoriam
Sad news has come from Eco Lips of Cedar Rapids, IA. Mark Patterson, 34, the firm’s CEO, passed away in mid-August due to a sudden illness. The organic enthusiast was passionate about all aspects of environmentalism and even helped lead the Eco Lips Earth Day Bike Ride and the Organic Endurathon. Mark is survived by his wife and three children. Mark was the sole provider to his family, so a memorial fund has been set up for the children at www.ecolips.com/mark. Eco Lips founder and former CEO Steve Shriver will be the acting CEO until a new leader is appointed.

Published in WholeFoods Magazine, October 2012