Following the departure of Dave Wentz as Co-CEO, USANA has announced two further changes to its executive team.
Jim Brown, Chief Operations Officer since 2006, is adding company president to his job description, a role held by Kevin Guest before he was appointed Co-CEO in August 2015. Brown’s background includes 25-plus years in operations management, both inside and outside the direct sales channel.
According to Guest, named sole CEO upon Wentz’s exit, Brown has been key to USANA’s growth and innovation over the past decade. “He also has earned the trust of our board of directors, management team, employees and key business partners,” said Guest. “And with his extensive experience in global operations oversight and administration, I believe he is the right leader to ensure our company’s long-term success.”
Salt Lake City-based USANA also has hired on Walter Noot as Chief Information Officer. Most recently, Noot held the same title, and that of senior vice president of operations, at another leading direct seller. His appointment comes as USANA is pursuing a long-term upgrade to its global IT infrastructure and planning the launch of various new technologies in 2017, when the company will mark 25 years in business.