New England Natural Bakers, Greenfield, MA, named Pam Clark as its new president and CEO. She will begin her new role on December 1, 2014. Clark has been in the industry more than 30 years, and was most recently the vice president of sales and marketing for the company, where she has worked for 18 years. Prior, she was manager of sales and marketing at Nasoya Foods/Vitasoy USA.

Synutra International of Rockville, MD, named chondroitin expert Jana Hildreth its new director of technology and scientific affairs.

West Caldwell, NJ-based Novel Ingredient Services announced that Luke R. Bucci, Ph.D., CCN, CNS, joined the company as vice president of product innovation.

Orgain of Irvine, CA, expanded its leadership team with the addition of Carter Elenz as president and Kristen Deshaies as chief marketing officer.

The Natural Products Association of Washington, D.C., has made several changes to its staff: Aimee Nichols is now the director of government affairs, Melinda Price is communications coordinator and Adam Finney has returned to the group as senior vice president of member services.

Neptune Technologies and Bioressources of Laval, QC, Canada, hired Jacqueline Khayat to be its sales director and to lead Neptune’s global sales expansion.

Melissa Hughes of Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative is now the president of the Organic Trade Association’s board of directors.

Tustin, CA-based youtheory added Nick Bitz, N.D., to its staff as chief scientific officer.

Ryan Andrew Pallathra joined NutriScience Innovations, LLC, based in Trumbull, CT as director of business development.

South Dakota State University will honor Dr. S.K. Dash with its prestigious Distinguished Alumni award for his contributions to probiotic research, development and marketing.

InterHealth Nutraceuticals of Benicia, CA, appointed Patrick McCullough to senior vice president of sales.

Chantal Matar of the University of Ottawa, and Barry W. Ritz from Drexel University, received the Best of Research award from the Hokkaido Prefecture Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry for a new study presented at the 22nd International Congress on Nutrition and Integrative Medicine held in Sapporo, Japan. The study dealt with how AHCC works to support immune health.

Doctor’s Best of San Clemente, CA, announced that Gale K. Bensussen is now CEO of the company and Erin O’Malia Gehan is chief marketing officer.

Albion Human Nutrition of Clearfield, UT, announced that Max Motyka will retire at the end of 2014. His successor, Bryan Donaldson, will serve as director of sales for Albion’s Human Nutrition Division.

Published in WholeFoods Magazine, November 2014