Photo: Arbonne International CEO Jean-David Schwartz
Arbonne International, LLC, the Irvine, Calif.-based direct seller of personal care and wellness products, today introduced a new chief executive officer: Jean-David Schwartz.
Former CEO Kay Zanotti decided to retire after nine years to spend more time with her family. During her tenure, Zanotti led Arbonne through some of its most successful years since the company was founded in 1980.
Schwartz comes to Arbonne from parent company Groupe Rocher, which acquired Arbonne in March 2018. Schwartz is a seasoned direct selling executive who brings more than 15 years of experience in the industry, most recently as the CEO of Yves Rocher North America. Schwartz’ well-rounded business background includes extensive multicultural, international experience, including working in Africa, Spain, Canada and the U.S.
“I was pleased to be the key liaison during the Groupe Rocher acquisition of Arbonne earlier this year,” said Schwartz. “All of us at Groupe Rocher have been very impressed with the amazing Arbonne culture and community. I am now excited to lead a new journey at Arbonne, to work to evolve and expand the brand, and ensure that the next stage is the best one yet. I am confident that we can turn the steady growth into truly extraordinary results. We want to focus on sharing Arbonne’s mission of healthy living inside and out in bigger and broader ways than ever before.”
Along with Schwartz, two other key Groupe Rocher executives are joining Arbonne full-time: Astrid Van Ruymbeke, chief fnancial officer, and Vincent Taglioni, vice president of Operations. Both Van Ruymbeke and Taglioni have been with Groupe Rocher for more than a decade.
These two executive appointments follow the retirement of Arbonne’s previous CFO, Gretchen Price and the resignation of Arbonne’s previous COO, Glenn Klages. There are no plans to move Arbonne’s corporate headquarters in Irvine.