Veteran Retail Guru Replaces Brian Henley Gould, AKA Brainchild, as President of NPI

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Veteran Retail Guru Replaces Brian Henley Gould, AKA Brainchild, as President of NPI

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BOCA RATON, Fla., Aug. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ – Nutritional Products International announced this week that Jeff Fernandez has replaced Brian Henley Gould as president of NPI.

Mitch Gould, the founder of NPI, is a third-generation retail distribution and manufacturing professional.  Gould, known as a global marketing guru, has represented icons from the sports and entertainment worlds such as Steven Seagal, Hulk Hogan, Ronnie Coleman, Roberto Clemente Jr., Chuck Liddell, and Wayne Gretzky. Gould is internationally-known for his “Evolution of Distribution” system, which helps health and wellness companies enter or expand into the U.S. market. (PRNewsfoto/NPI)

Jeff Fernandez, executive vice president of NPI and former long-time buyer at Amazon and Wal-Mart, will assume all of Brian’s responsibilities with clients and retail buyers as president of NPI.

“We are fortunate to have someone like Jeff with his years of experience as a retail buyer at Amazon and Wal-Mart,” said Mitch Gould, CEO and founder of NPI. “He is a retail professional who understands the needs of the manufacturers and retailers.

“Trust is most important. It can take a lifetime to build trust and only seconds to lose,” Mitch Gould said.

Taking over for Brian will be Fernandez, who has been with the company for almost 10 years. During this time, Fernandez has sold NPI’s clients’ brands to the biggest players in retail, including his former employer at Amazon. 

It will be invigorating to both NPI and its client base to have Fernandez, who is a real veteran of retail, serve as president. “I look forward to leading NPI into the next decades of success,” says Fernandez.

NPI is a global brand management firm, which represents international health, wellness, and beauty companies at ECRM® events each year. At ECRM® events, Fernandez has shown the most prominent brick and mortar and e-commerce retailers exciting new products from brands looking to gain a foothold in the U.S. market.

For more information on NPI, including how to get your brand in front of the retail industry’s most influential buyers, visit www.nutricompany.com or call 561-544-0719.

MORE ON NPI AND ITS FOUNDER 
Mitch Gould is a third-generation retail distribution and manufacturing professional. Mitch Gould’s expertise covers sports nutrition, dietary supplements, skincare, nutraceutical, cosmeceuticals, beverages, and much more.

Gould, known as a global marketing guru, has represented icons from the sports and entertainment worlds, such as Steven Seagal, Hulk Hogan, Ronnie Coleman, Roberto Clemente Jr., Chuck Liddell, and Wayne Gretzky to name a few.

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Jeff Berg Assumes Top Leadership Role at AbelsonTaylor With Appointment to President

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Jeff Berg Assumes Top Leadership Role at AbelsonTaylor With Appointment to President

Founder Dale Taylor Will Remain CEO and Chairman of the Board

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CHICAGO, Aug. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ – For the first time in its 38-year history, Chicago-based AbelsonTaylor, one of the world’s premier health and wellness advertising agencies, has a new president. Founder Dale Taylor announced today that Jeff Berg, formerly executive vice president and director of client services, has been elevated to president, effective immediately.

Jeff Berg, President, AbelsonTaylor

A 17-year veteran of AbelsonTaylor, Berg will spearhead future-focused initiatives designed to drive agency growth and expand into new business areas. “Helping map the agency’s path into the future is an exciting next step,” Berg said. “With a strong and talented management team and a staff of the best and brightest in the industry, we’re well-positioned to continue our leadership in healthcare marketing and pioneer innovative new ways of helping our clients succeed. Dale has established a brilliant legacy, and a world of possibilities awaits us.”  

Berg has worked in healthcare for nearly three decades. An innovator who combines deep scientific knowledge with remarkable business smarts, he has played a key role in expanding AbelsonTaylor’s expertise in technology-driven marketing. He is also respected for his exceptional people skills, both with clients and staff. 

“Jeff quickly understands things, whether it’s technical concepts or someone’s emotions, and figures out how to meet objectives, whether it’s long-range brand planning or helping someone advance in his or her career. He moves things forward and that’s a great strength in his new position,” Taylor said.

Prior to joining AbelsonTaylor in 2002, Berg worked in a variety of research, marketing and business-development roles with global pharmaceutical companies including Searle, Boots and Allegiance Healthcare (now a wholly owned subsidiary of Cardinal Health).  He began his professional career as a research associate in the Department of Medicine, Section of Nephrology, at the University of Chicago.

Berg holds a Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Married and the father of five, Berg lives with his family in Deerfield, Ill. When not at work, he can often be found running or practicing yoga. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Temple Jeremiah in Northfield, Ill., and a supporter of numerous charitable causes.

As for Taylor, he will remain actively involved in the company he built. “I’m not disappearing,” he said, noting that he will remain chief executive officer and chairman of AbelsonTaylor’s board of directors, continuing to participate in key strategic decisions. “I’ve decided to enjoy life a little more, go on some long trips, and spend a lot less time in the office,” he said. “I can do that with complete peace of mind, knowing that AbelsonTaylor will be well-led by Jeff.”

About AbelsonTaylor
Chicago-based AbelsonTaylor is one of the world’s premier health and wellness advertising agencies, offering strategic, creative, interactive, media and client service expertise. To learn more, visit abelsontaylor.com and follow the company on Twitter and Facebook.

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Flowers Foods Announces Election Of President And CEO Ryals McMullian To Board Of Directors

Flowers Foods Announces Election Of President And CEO Ryals McMullian To Board Of Directors

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THOMASVILLE, Ga., Aug. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ – Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO), producer of Nature’s Own, Dave’s Killer Bread, Wonder, Tastykake, and other bakery foods, today announced that its board of directors has elected Flowers Foods President and CEO Ryals McMullian as a director. The election is effective immediately and brings the number of board members to nine.

“We are pleased to welcome Ryals to the board,” said George E. Deese, non-executive chairman of the board. “He’s been leading efforts across the company to grow in new areas, optimize processes, and strengthen our competitive position, and brings solid legal and M&A experience to the board. We look forward to his contributions.”

Commenting on the election, Benjamin H. Griswold, IV, presiding director of Flowers’ board, said: “Ryals is committed to delivering results and enhancing shareholder value for Flowers Foods. We know his insights and contributions will add tremendous value to the board during the company’s evolution to a national branded food company.”

McMullian has served as president and CEO following his election to the position in May 2019. Since 2016, he has directed Flowers Foods’ transformation under Project Centennial, serving as chief strategy officer and then chief operating officer. Prior to that, he served as deputy general counsel and vice president of mergers and acquisitions. He joined the company in 2003.

About Flowers Foods
Headquartered in Thomasville, Ga., Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) is one of the largest producers of fresh packaged bakery foods in the United States with 2018 sales of $4 billion. Flowers operates bakeries across the country that produce a wide range of bakery products. Among the company’s top brands are Nature’s Own, Dave’s Killer Bread, Wonder, and Tastykake. Learn more at www.flowersfoods.com.

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