Beatriz Díaz de la Fuente, Tupperware
Tupperware Brands Corp. has named Beatriz Díaz de la Fuente as chief human resources officer. Díaz de la Fuente will oversee its human resources strategy, including talent management, HR technology systems, leadership development, and compensation and benefits. Her career in human resources has included multinational companies such as Herbalife and GE.
Herbalife Nutrition’s co-president and chief strategic officer, John DeSimone, has transitioned to president. DeSimone will manage regional leaders as well as have responsibility for distributor-facing functions. He joined Herbalife in 2007.
Luis Vazquez has been named senior vice president, sales and marketing at Tupperware. Vazquez will lead the implementation of streamlined compensation models, enhanced customer experience, and accelerated product innovation as well as rapidly implement digital tools.
Tupperware has elected Mauro Schnaidman to its board of directors. Schnaidman has more than 30 years in the consumer product, digital and direct selling sectors. He is former president and CEO of JAFRA Cosmetics.
WorldVentures Founder and Chief Visionary Officer Wayne Nugent will become CEO for the first time in the company’s 14-year history. In this role, he will provide strategic guidance and long-term planning. Nugent started his career in general sales for companies such as Cahners Business Systems and GTE.
Dr. Luis N. Pacheco, FAAFP, has joined Plexus Worldwide’s Medical Advisory Board. Pacheco is an award-winning family physician. He has received recognition from The American Diabetes Association and The “Head Start” Program.
Janne Heimonen, Kannaway
Janne Heimonen, managing director, Europe, at Kannaway, has been appointed managing director, international. Heimonen joined Kannaway in 2019, bringing more than 25 years of leadership and sales experience in direct selling, fulfilling roles in both European and U.S.-based companies, including Nikken.
As a result of the recent restructuring of Tupperware Brands Corp., Patricio Cuesta has been hired as executive vice president and president, commercial, worldwide. In a new position for the company, his team will begin integrating sales, marketing and digital strategies to support the sales growth.
Gary Gallant has been named the company’s permanent CIO. In this role, Gallant will establish and execute Isagenix’s technology vision, contributing to an improved shopping experience for customers and digital tools for distributors. Gallant previously served as interim CIO at Rodan + Fields.
WorldVentures has hired Michael Poates as chief operating officer. Poates will work to establish new partnerships and secure existing partnerships, as well as support the field. He has nearly 30 years in growth strategies for brands such as Mr. Gatti’s and Dairy Queen.
Kannaway Chief Marketing Officer Stephen Jones has been promoted to president. In his new position, Jones will be responsible for sales, marketing and field development. Jones served as general manager of Canada for Jeunesse and in multiple roles of increasing importance at MonaVie.
Tony Chaplin has joined Elepreneurs as chief operations officer. In his new role, Chaplin will streamline processes to further improve efficiencies and increase profitability. He has served in executive leadership roles for numerous companies, including Zurvita, SUCCESS Partners, Scentsy and Nikken.
Women’s history month provides catalyst for new conversations
The month of March has been declared by Congress to be “Women’s History Month,” a time period dedicated to raising awareness and knowledge of women’s achievements and contributions, from the ordinary and everyday to the momentous.
Our channel is a celebration of women all its own with its icons and achievers: P.F.E. Albee, the first Avon lady, Mary Crowley of Home Interiors, Mary Kay Ash, Brownie Wise of Tupperware, Jan Day of JAFRA and Doris Christopher of Pampered Chef.
The channel itself grew into prominence with the help of these female icons who provided opportunity little available elsewhere for women at the time.
Most women I know are not just interested in seeing females find opportunity to excel professionally, tending to look around and make sure everyone is invited to the party, so to speak.
I think “people interested in diversity and inlclusion” may be terms better suited for describing the women, and many of the men, in our channel. These are the terms we’ve focused on for a part of this March issue.
In The Ranks (page 17-19), you will find a listing different than anything we’ve previously done: a list highlighting and celebrating midsized to large U.S.-based companies with diverse and inclusive C-Suites.
Diversity and inclusion actually have many dimensions beyond those key elements we’re highlighting (gender, ethnicity/race and age). But it’s certainly a start. We did our best in research to create a comprehensive list, although I am certain we’ve left someone out. Let me apologize in advance if it was you!
On page 28, you will find a terrific column full of research and data supporting the fact that “financial and cultural gains are the end result for companies willing to invest in women.” This information is presented by former President of OPTAVIA and former GM of Belcorp USA, Mona Ameli, currently managing partner of Ameli Global Partnerships. Ameli is nationally certifed in diversity and inclusion, and speaks with experience and authority on the subject.
This issue also includes information on a little known, but potentially troubling fact: your website falls under the requirements for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Turn to Risk Roundup on page 24 to understand how this may affect you.
Our cover story once again deals with the FTC’s enforcement activity in our channel. This case is most interesting, not because the company is well-known, but because the FTC appears to be enlarging its net to include formerly “safe” elements in a multi-level compensation plan.
Please let us know your thoughts on this issue and on all the information we bring you in Social Selling News.
In an effort to increase connecting the iconic brand with the customer, Tupperware has added online shopping to its website, according to vice president of global brand management Chip Reingold. For the first time in the company’s 73-year history, customers can purchase products directly from the company. The site also connects customers to independent consultants and contains information on hosting a party. Online purchasing is currently only available in the U.S. and Canada, but the company plans to roll-out the capability across other markets soon. Tupperware currently operates in just under 100 markets globally.
Tupperware will now leverage its network of direct sellers to launch exclusive brand stores, as well as make products available on e-commerce channels in India. The company began listing its products on e-commerce platforms such as Amazon and Flipkart through authorized sellers in August. This multi-channel approach comes as consumption of Tupperware products has shown a slow growth trajectory. Efforts also are being made to keep up with an evolving market that demands greater access to products. The company plans to open 30 outlets by the end of the year, with 13 stores already in various stages of completion. An additional 100 outlets are in the works to be finished by year-end. The franchise-run stores will launched in key cities, such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Pune. It had been previously reported that the Delhi High Court had issued a judgement preventing e-commerce platforms from selling products of direct selling companies without their authorization.
Jonas af Jochnick, co-founder of Swedish beauty firm Oriflame Cosmetics, died suddenly May 17. The 81-year-old Swedish entrepreneur, who founded Stockholm-based Oriflame with his brother Robert in 1967, passed away in his sleep. He had been active in various positions in the company and stepped down from the company’s board in 2018.
DoTERRA has hired Dell Brown as the chief operating officer of Prime Meridian Health Clinics, doTERRA’s healthcare initiative. Brown has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare consulting industry and will lead Prime Meridian in strategy and logistics. Prior to doTERRA, Brown co-founded Global Health Consulting, and before that, he worked for CSC Healthcare as a senior consultant.