PEOPLE ON THE MOVE – NOVEMBER
Asha Gupta, Amway
Amway has hired Asha Gupta as its new chief strategy and corporate development officer. She will be in charge of its global business strategy and evaluating strategic growth opportunities. She joins Amway after 23 years at Tupperware where she served as executive vice president and chief strategy and marketing officer. Her career started with Coats Viyella and included time at Coca-Cola.
Travis Garza, Plexus
Travis Garza has joined Plexus Worldwide as president of sales and marketing. In his 20-year career in sales and marketing, he has focused on building teams, relationships, and markets. Most recently, Garza served as president and CEO of Kyani International. Previously, he helped guide sales strategies for 10 years at Isagenix, and before that at Melaleuca.
Nico Raczek, ASEA
ASEA has appointed Nico Raczek, Ph.D., as chief scientific officer. Raczek will lead research and development and oversee all redox scientific research and product development efforts. With a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry, he is a registered food chemist with decades of leadership in scientific strategies and new product development. Further expertise includes nutrition and health, cosmetics, and consumer goods.
Sinan Tuna, Farmasi
Farmasi has appointed Sinan Tuna as CEO of North America. Tuna’s role will encompass leading operations in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Puerto Rico. He will be responsible for driving growth and ensuring operational efficiencies. Tuna previously worked at a leading research and advisory company and has been a board member at Farmasi since 2019.
Sharron Walsh, Isagenix
Isagenix has promoted Sharron Walsh to CEO. Walsh will oversee business operations including the ongoing “Isagenix 2.0” brand evolution. Most recently, she was president of global sales and marketing. She has more than 20 years of experience in direct selling, having joined Isagenix in 2009 after leading distributor teams with her husband for another direct seller in her native Australia.
Lauren Walker, Medifast
Medifast has hired Lauren Walker as executive vice president, supply chain operations. In her role, Walker will oversee Medifast’s global supply chain organization. She has spent 30 years in manufacturing. Before joining Medifast, Walker served as chief supply chain officer at Young Living. Prior to that, she held several roles with Amway, Actavis Pharmaceutical Group and Johnson & Johnson.
Rod Taylor, New Image
Rod Taylor has joined New Image International as CEO. Taylor’s career includes 24 years’ experience in senior management, marketing and sales, with 16 years at Amway, followed by time at Herbalife and Nutrimetics. He also served on the board of Direct Selling Australia. Taylor will focus on building New Image’s strategy and growth across Asia and Africa.
Percy Chin, VIIVA
VIIVA has appointed Percy Chin as the company’s new CEO. Chin brings more than 40 years of financial and business development expertise with worldwide brands. He began his career in finance at Deloitte and has held senior executive roles, such as CEO, regional CEO, vice president, and country general manager at major companies, including Herbalife, Heinz, Amway, Tiens Group and Coca-Cola.
Walter Presutti, Neworkom
Neworkom has promoted Walter Presutti to vice president of its network section. Presutti, who just joined as head of the Academy Program, has almost 30 years’ experience in network marketing. Most recently, he served as senior vice president of international network development for World Global Network. At this time, Max Messa, interim vice president, will transition to leadership of inter-group coaching.
Roger Barnett, as WFDSA Chairman
Roger Barnett, chairman and CEO of Shaklee, has been elected as chairman of the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations (WFDSA). Barnett assumes the role from Magnus Brannstrom, CEO and president of Oriflame, and previously served as vice chairman of WFDSA. Barnett began his career at investment banking firm Lazard Freres & Co. and was founder and CEO of Beauty.com.
Alexa Soto, Total Life Changes
Total Life Changes has hired Alexa Soto as director of human resources. Soto most recently served as senior global culture and talent acquisition manager at Jeunesse Global. She has had decades of experience working in the recruiting, staffing, and human resources fields. Soto also founded her own company recruiting caregivers for people with disabilities.
Bob Brouse Passes Away
Direct selling visionary J. Robert “Bob” Brouse died on Sept. 30, in Bemidji, Minnesota, at the age of 89. Brouse helped shape modern direct selling’s leadership framework, starting in the 1960s, when he was appointed president of the National Association of Direct Selling Companies (NADS), later DSA. He led the establishment of the first DSA Code of Ethics and was instrumental in the creation of the Direct Selling Education Foundation and World Federation of Direct Selling Associations.