Russ Wood joins ViSalus Sciences after nearly 20 years of experience in the direct selling industry with such companies as Xango, Tahitian Noni, and NuSkin.
Los Angeles (PRWEB) May 16, 2011
ViSalus Sciences is growing its management team and investing for future international expansion, bringing on Russ Wood as Vice President of Canadian Sales & Operations to lead the way.
Wood has an MBA in International Finance and Marketing from the Thunderbird School of Management and a Bachelors Degree in Asian Studies from Brigham and Young University. His experience in the direct selling industry over the last 18 years includes occupying management positions with companies like NuSkin, Tahitian Noni Inc, Xango, and The Limu Company.
“We are excited to add an executive of Russ’s talent to our management team,” said John Purdy, ViSalus President and COO. “His experience will be instrumental as the Body by Vi Challenge grows in Canada and as we continue to expand our business internationally.”
Wood was selected for the role because of his extensive expertise in international business, distributor relations, the development and launch of new products, supply chain management, regulatory approval and distribution, IT, and strategic planning. In addition to Canada, Russ Wood has opened 17 other markets, and is fluent in Mandarin.
At NuSkin, Wood served in International Operations and Marketing, helping launch NuSkin Canada for the company. He later served as Tahitian Noni’s Director of Integrated Systems, Xango’s Vice President of Operations, and most recently in the same role for The Limu Company.
“I was with these companies when they were in a phase of rapid growth,” said Wood. “I see the same thing happening for ViSalus; everything is in place for hyper-growth. Only ViSalus has even more potential because of its Body by Vi Challenge message and superior products. Goal setting for a healthier lifestyle is a message that can reach a broader spectrum of people.”
Russ Wood will be working out of ViSalus’ Corporate Office in Troy, Michigan, supporting Canadian Customers and Distributors, growing and servicing leadership teams, and facilitating events and opportunities.
“ViSalus is exactly what I was looking to find,” Wood said. “It’s well-funded, growing, and strong, with the benefit of youthful, creative founders, and I have complete confidence in the future.”
What is ViSalus Sciences?
ViSalus Sciences, with headquarters in Troy, Michigan and Los Angeles, CA, is a leading Health Transformation Company utilizing the direct selling channel to distribute its Weight Management and Nutritional Supplement products. Backed by a partnership with NYSE traded Blyth, Inc., ViSalus is the company behind the Body by Vi Challenge, a 90-day health challenge that helps people achieve their weight loss and fitness goals for a chance to win over $100,000 per year in total prizes. Their Body by Vi Community has helped donate over 600,000 meals to children and families in need since its launch 18 months ago.