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Untitled Document Arbonne in the News Arbonne International President Rita Davenport to Retire Arbonne Appoints Katherine Napier as New CEO Arbonne International Lands
Down Under in Australia
Taking It to the Next Level
Arbonne International President Rita Davenport to Retire
CEO Kay Napier Salutes Rita for 20+ Years of Outstanding Service to Arbonne and Inspiring Hundreds of Thousands of Independent Consultants
IRVINE, CA., May 3, 2011 – Rita Davenport, President of Arbonne International, LLC (“Arbonne”), is retiring, the company announced today. In her more than 20 years as President, Davenport has served to inspire, motivate and train hundreds of thousands of women and men to transform their lives with Arbonne.
Kay Napier, Chief Executive Officer of Arbonne, praised Davenport’s extraordinary contribution to the company.
“During more than two decades of unwavering commitment and dedicated service to Arbonne, Rita has been a driving force behind the Company’s growth and success and has played a critical role in developing our outstanding team of leaders in the field,” Napier said. “As a highly successful entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker, Rita is an inspiration to hundreds of thousands of Arbonne Independent Consultants. We are grateful for her many contributions to the Company and wish her the very best as she explores new opportunities in her life and is able to spend quality time with her family.”
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Arbonne Appoints Katherine Napier as New CEO
Former senior marketing and operations executive at McDonald’s and Procter & Gamble tapped to lead global growth initiatives and strengthen the company’s position as a leader in the direct selling industry
Irvine, CA – Arbonne International, LLC (Arbonne) today announced Katherine “Kay” Napier has joined the company as its new Chief Executive Officer. Napier will lead all key facets of Arbonne’s global business while reinvigorating the company's focus on its core principles, established almost 30 years ago: to create products that are pure, safe and beneficial. Arbonne creates opportunities for people seeking meaningful financial, social, cultural and intellectual rewards; and encourages all members of the organization to contribute locally, nationally and internationally to the improvement of our ecological, social and cultural environment.
“Kay brings the vision, experience and insight required to lead Arbonne through its next phase of growth,” said Ira Kleinman, Arbonne’s Chairman. “Kay impressed us with her ability to leverage and build upon organizational strengths to drive success. While Kay has deep grounding in marketing and development, she also brings a high level of operating experience, which will be critical to Arbonne's long-term growth. We are very pleased to welcome her to the team.” “I consider it a privilege and a great opportunity to lead Arbonne’s employees and Consultants worldwide at this important time for the company. There has never been a better time for the terrific combination of pure and beneficial products shared by motivated, talented women,” said Napier. Napier most recently held the position of Senior Vice President, Marketing for McDonald’s. While at McDonald’s, she led the reinvention of its Happy Meal business, directed the development of its “go active” product and marketing initiatives, and deepened the brand's connection with women and families through the roll-out of information about healthier living and the development of healthier product choices. Both were key elements of a highly-successful global repositioning effort. Critical to the success of those initiatives was Napier's close collaboration with McDonald’s highly-developed network of independent franchisees. While at McDonald’s, Napier also led the company's renewed growth in Europe, which resulted from stronger marketing direction, greater communication and collaboration across the continent and the development of new product offerings that better positioned the company on the leading edge of key consumer trends.
Prior to McDonald’s, Napier retired from Procter & Gamble as Vice President, North America Pharmaceuticals and Corporate Women’s Health and Vitality, culminating a 23 year career at the consumer products leader. Among her many accomplishments, Napier spearheaded the development and marketing of Procter & Gamble's Actonel osteoporosis drug, which transformed the company's pharmaceutical business. Napier also encouraged the company to place greater focus on women's health and well being, establishing a major retail women’s health program and building business across product lines in health, beauty care, feminine protection and nutrition. Throughout her career, Napier has been guided by the principle that educated, driven women represent enormous untapped potential. The sales force she led at Procter & Gamble consisted of over one thousand representatives, with many women in leadership roles. Napier also credits much of McDonald’s business turnaround to the leadership of the women’s franchisee network, with whom she shared a close collaboration. Napier earned a Masters of Business Administration from Xavier University and a Bachelor of Arts in economics and studio fine arts from Georgetown University. She currently sits on the Board of Trustees of Xavier University, as well as the Boards of Directors of both Hill-Rom Holdings and the Exact Sciences Corporation. Napier has also served on the Board of Directors of Alberto Culver, a beauty company, for the last three years.
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Rhodes (NSW), September 2007 — Arbonne® International LLC, a U.S.-based network marketing company that manufactures and distributes Swiss-formulated skin care products and other personal care products, opened for business on July 2, 2007 in Australia. In addition to promoting the products and managing sales in Australia, Arbonne operates a distribution centre here to support domestic orders, and a training facility that is open to its Independent Consultants.
Arbonne International Lands Down Under in Australia
“When you’re leading the industry in so many ways, as Arbonne has for a couple of years now, it is an obvious extension of our growth to open business in a dynamic and diverse country like Australia,” explains Jack Crowley, Arbonne Sr. Vice President, International Operations. “If our incredible growth in the United States and Canada is any indicator — and we feel confident that it is — we are very excited about the prospect of introducing Arbonne to Australia,” added Mr. Crowley. “Indeed, Arbonne Australia is up and running and already doing incredibly well, with terrific numbers in both sales and sponsoring” says Paul Slocombe, General Manager, Arbonne Australia, Pty. “Our launch events were filled with motivated and enthusiastic Independent Consultants who moved here to open their Arbonne business, as well as hundreds of interested locals. We are thrilled with the turnout and it’s been an exciting time, meeting and training our new Consultants,” says Slocombe.
Arbonne distributes a wide range of personal care products through a direct sales network in the U.S. and Canada, and now in Australia. Arbonne products are blended with botanicals and rigorously tested; they contain no animal products or byproducts and are not tested on animals. One of the most dynamic and fastest-growing companies in the industry, Arbonne is about beneficial products and building relationships … including the personal and professional development of its Independent Consultants. With high-quality, botanically-based products and enthusiastic people, Arbonne is the natural choice for those looking for a home-based business they can share locally and internationally.
Arbonne International® LLC is a direct-selling company that operates in the United States, Canada and Australia. Founded in 1980, Arbonne's mission has been to develop and distribute Swiss-formulated skin care products that are pure, safe and effective. Arbonne has grown from skin care to include a full line of personal care products, all available through its network of Independent Consultants. Arbonne markets its products exclusively through a network of more than 1.3 million Independent Consultants doing business in the three countries.
Arbonne International — taking it to the next level
It was Arbonne International’s time to shine as the company was spotlighted in the July 2006 issue of Direct Selling News, the only publication designed to help direct selling and network marketing companies' top decision makers grow and manage their businesses. Arbonne has been attracting a lot of attention recently, as the article points out, “When a 26-year-old direct selling company manages to more than quadruple its sales force in only two years, someone is doing something right.” Read the fascinating article as it credits the company’s unprecedented success to its premium products, innovations in product development, meeting supply and demand, key training investments, exceptional internal and external field interaction and, furthermore, an experienced and visionary management staff led by Chairman & CEO Robert Henry and President Rita Davenport.
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