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Date:JANUARY 26, 2021

Start Time:11am CT (Chicago) | 6pm CET (Paris)

Duration:60 minutes

Abstract:


2020 will live long in the memory for the pandemic, the economic challenges, the general election, and much more, but 2020 was actually a strong year for the dietary supplements industry, with increased consumer interest translating into record sales for many brands.

NutraIngredients-USA has assembled leaders from the across the US dietary supplements industry to look back on an unprecedented year when consumer awareness of immune health peaked like never before, and look ahead to the challenges and opportunities of a new year.

Speakers

Sharon M. Leite

CEO

The Vitamin Shoppe

Sharon M. Leite currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of The Vitamin Shoppe. In this role, she leads a renewed growth strategy that is bringing industry-leading innovation, quality, and expertise to the wellness category. Ms. Leite joined The Vitamin Shoppe in August 2018 and since that time has launched a new technology-driven retail format, expanded distribution to new channels, reimagined the loyalty program, introduced personalization initiatives, increased penetration of private brands, and pioneered an expansive CBD hemp extract merchandising program. The Vitamin Shoppe, a subsidiary of Franchise Group Inc., is an omni-channel specialty retailer and wellness lifestyle Company with more than 715 directly operated stores and an e-commerce business. Based in Secaucus, New Jersey, the Company offers a comprehensive assortment of nutritional solutions, including vitamins, minerals, specialty supplements, herbs, sports nutrition, homeopathic remedies, green living products, and natural beauty aids. Ms. Leite joined The Vitamin Shoppe from Godiva Chocolatier, where she was President of North America from October 2017, leading a turnaround that returned the North American business to profitability. Previously, Ms. Leite was the President of Sally Beauty, US and Canada, an international specialty retailer and distributor of professional beauty products. Ms. Leite also spent close to a decade at Pier 1 Imports in increasingly senior roles, leaving as Executive Vice President of Sales, Customer Experience, and Real Estate. Earlier in her career, Ms. Leite held leadership positions with increasing responsibilities at Bath & Body Works (L Brands), Gap Inc., The Walt Disney Company, and Express. Ms. Leite currently serves on the Boards of The National Retail Federation, Tandy Leather, Performing Arts Fort Worth, and the Neeley Business School at Texas Christian University. She is also a member of the Senior Advisory Council of AEA Investors.

Courtney Nichols Gould

Co-Founder/Co-CEO

SmartyPants Vitamins

Courtney Nichols Gould is the Co-Founder/Co-CEO of SmartyPants Vitamins, the leading maker of premium comprehensive supplements with a commitment to bring more health to more people every day. Since launching online in 2011, SmartyPants has led the industry in making ingredient choices focused on quality and transparency and wrapping them in a delicious package. The company's products are top ranked on Amazon and sold everywhere from Whole Foods and Target to Costco and beyond. Previously the founding COO of FlyClear, and a senior executive at tech/media companies, Courtney is obsessed with making a real thing to help real people in the real world, and she is honored to have the chance to do just that.

Jeff Boutelle

CEO

Pharmavite/Nature Made

Jeff assumed the role of Pharmavite CEO in August 2017. He is an accomplished executive with extensive CPG and global experience. Most recently, he was CEO of Beech-Nut Nutrition where he led the reinvention of their baby food business. His career spans numerous well-regarded companies, including Abbott, Nestle, and Procter & Gamble. Globally, his general management and brand responsibilities have encompassed 40+ countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Management Information Systems from Bowling Green State University, and received a Master of Business Administration from Duke University.

Jim Emme

CEO

NOW Health Group

Jim has been a member of the NOW management team since 1995, initially as Chief of Operations and then as President of NOW Foods. Jim was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of NOW Health Group (NHG) in 2014. Jim has been a key player in NHG’s global expansion efforts, and instrumental in developing the operational resources and facilities in North America. Industry leadership positions include the Natural Products Association Board of Directors, Alliance for Natural Health, and the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, in addition to other initiatives. Jim was honored by the American Botanical Council as the 2018 ABC Champion.

Stephen Daniells, PhD

Editor-in-Chief
NutraIngredients-USA

As Editor-in-Chief of William Reed in North & South America, Stephen overseas its market leading brands including NutraIngredients-USA.com and FoodNavigator-USA.com. Stephen is focused on food and nutrition science reporting at the highest level. He has been with William Reed Business Media for 13 years as a senior journalist and editor and is also Editorial Consultant for this event. He is a regular speaker at food and nutrition industry conferences, has a PhD in Chemistry from Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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