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Hormel Foods names new CytoSport CEO

BY Michael Johnsen

AUSTIN, Minn. — Hormel Foods on Friday named Lisa Selk CEO CytoSport. Selk will steer the CytoSport enterprise as it continues to focus on new product innovation and expanded distribution of its sports nutrition products. Selk brings more than 20 years of experience building consumer packaged food brands including Skippy peanut butter, among others.

“Lisa is a true CPG branding and marketing expert,” stated Don Kremin, Hormel Foods group VP Specialty Foods. “Lisa has successfully led innovation and brand growth, and is passionate about delivering exceptional products to the marketplace. I am confident that she will bring a consumer-centric focus to the CytoSport line of products and will continue to lead the outstanding innovation that has become a hallmark of the company over the last several years.”

Selk assumes the leadership post of CytoSport after serving as marketing director for a portfolio of brands at Hormel Foods including Skippy peanut butter, Herb-Ox bouillon, House  OF Tsang Asian foods and divisional innovation. She also sits on the Justin’s board of managers.

Selk joined Hormel Foods in 1998 as food scientist in the research and development department. She held management and leadership roles in the specialty products division and the meat products division, serving as both the divisional innovation manager as well as manager for the Hormel refrigerated entrées and Hormel Always Tender businesses. Selk went on to be a key leader in corporate innovation where she led numerous companywide innovation projects, including new product launches.

Selk is a graduate of North Dakota State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in food science and a master’s degree in cereal science. Selk also graduated from the University of St. Thomas where she secured her master’s in business administration, and most recently attended the Kellogg School of Management’s Executive Development Program.

 

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A&D Medical launches new line of UltraConnect blood pressure monitors

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN DIEGO — A&D Medical is featuring its new line of UltraConnect blood pressure monitors at the NACDS Total Store Expo this weekend here.

“We know today’s retail pharmacists are trying to address the needs of a wide range of customers – from the extremely health conscious to patients struggling to manage a chronic condition,” stated Terry Duesterhoeft, president and CEO of A&D Medical. “So before we designed this new line, we collected extensive consumer feedback. The result is what customers told us they want: an easy-to-use product that consistently delivers accurate measurements, paired with the ability to allow streamlined sharing of data with healthcare providers.”

The new A&D Medical UltraConnect blood pressure monitors represent the premium end of the company's retail offering, and offer a smart connect feature that automatically detects and connects the monitor to the company’s A&D Connect app for ease of use. Offline, the monitor allows for the subsequent transfer of up to 100 readings to the A&D Connect app at a later.

“The new product line leverages our more than four decades of experience in designing and delivering connected products to both the consumer and healthcare spaces – which is precisely where pharmacies sit in the spectrum of healthcare delivery,” Duesterhoeft said. “We look forward to sharing the ways we can help retail pharmacists as they care for their customers now and in the future.”

 

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Aromatherapy manufacturer Young Living Essential Oils names chief supply officer

BY Michael Johnsen

LEHI, Utah — Young Living Essential Oils on Thursday promoted Lauren Walker to the role of chief supply officer. In her time with Young Living, she and her team have further implemented rigorous sourcing standards while also streamlining manufacturing, warehousing and fulfillment operations.

“Lauren embraces Young Living’s passion for being stewards of the earth and has been a driving force in ensuring that the sourcing, manufacturing and shipping components of our business all operate under that mindset,” stated Jared Turner, COO Young Living. “Her experience and expertise in project management, manufacturing, and supply chain gained throughout her career has been a great addition to our strong executive team.”

Walker leads the sourcing pillar of Young Living’s Seed to Seal program (Sourcing, Science and Standards), that governs how the company obtains its products.

“We have an obligation to provide our customers with the highest quality products and the best customer experience, and we do that by having effective processes in place,” said Walker. “I’m proud that our team has assessed the whole supply chain of an oil and refined or established processes that help us provide the best products and services to our customers.”

Throughout her three-decade career with high-profile international companies, Walker has established herself as a leader and an innovator in streamlining global systems. After completing her engineering degree, she worked for Xerox as an engineer, followed by 10 years with Procter & Gamble in supply chain, manufacturing/technical operations, and quality. She also worked for seven years with Johnson & Johnson as a plant manager and as program manager of their Oral Care franchise. Prior to joining Young Living in 2016, she was VP manufacturing at Amway, where she was responsible for manufacturing across all product lines: nutrition, home care, personal care, beauty care, durable goods and paper products.

In addition to her extensive experience, Walker has been a keynote speaker for American Manufacturing Strategies Summit and Front End Innovations Conference, is a Lean Six Sigma Project Champion in Manufacturing, and is Green Belt Certified. She holds a degree in engineering from Union College in New York. Lauren currently serves on the board of directors for the Salt Lake Chamber.

 

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