IRVINE, CALIF., June 29, 2018 – Arbonne International, LLC (Arbonne) has introduced a new Chief Executive Officer, Jean-David Schwartz. Former CEO Kay Zanotti decided to retire after nine years, to spend more time with her family. During her tenure, Zanotti led Arbonne through some of its most successful years since the company was founded in 1980.
Schwartz comes to Arbonne from parent company Groupe Rocher, which acquired Arbonne in March of 2018. Schwartz is a seasoned direct selling executive who brings more than 15 years of experience in the industry, most recently as the CEO of Yves Rocher North America. Schwartz’ well-rounded business background includes extensive multicultural, international experience, including working in Africa, Spain, Canada and the U.S.
“I was pleased to be the key liaison during the Groupe Rocher acquisition of Arbonne earlier this year. All of us at Groupe Rocher have been very impressed with the amazing Arbonne culture and community,” said Schwartz, Arbonne CEO. “I am now excited to lead a new journey at Arbonne, to work to evolve and expand the brand, and ensure that the next stage is the best one yet. I am confident that we can turn the steady growth into truly extraordinary results. We want to focus on sharing Arbonne’s mission of healthy living inside and out in bigger and broader ways than ever before,” said Schwartz.
Along with Schwartz, two other key Groupe Rocher executives are joining Arbonne full-time, including Astrid Van Ruymbeke, new Arbonne Chief Financial Officer and Vincent Taglioni, new Arbonne VP, Operations. Both Van Ruymbeke and Taglioni have been with Groupe Rocher for more than a decade. These two executive appointments follow the retirement of Arbonne’s previous CFO, Gretchen Price and the resignation of Arbonne’s previous COO, Glenn Klages. There are no plans to move Arbonne’s corporate headquarters, which is currently based in Irvine, California.
Founded in Switzerland in 1975, and brought to the United States in 1980, Arbonne International, LLC, creates personal care and wellness products that are crafted with premium botanical ingredients and innovative scientific discovery. Arbonne. Pure, Safe, Beneficial.™ Arbonne’s personal care and nutrition formulas are vegan-certified and adhere to a strict Purity and Safety Ingredient Policy. Arbonne products are available at arbonne.com or through an extensive network of Arbonne Independent Consultants in the United States, Canada, Australia, Poland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Arbonne is a privately held company and is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. For more information, including ingredient information, please visit www.arbonne.com. Arbonne® is a registered trademark of Arbonne International, LLC.
The Groupe Rocher is a profitable and independent family-run group (over 99% owned by the founder’s family and with a philosophy of “creative entrepreneurship”) with an original positioning (producer, harvester, manufacturer and distributor). Groupe Rocher sales (from 10 brands dedicated to women’s beauty and well-being: Yves Rocher, Petit Bateau, Stanhome, Dr. Pierre Ricaud, Daniel Jouvance, Kiotis, ID Parfums, Flormar, Sabon and Arbonne) amounted to more than €2 billion in 2017. More than 17,000 employees work together to ensure the destiny of the group’s brands, and the group has also created over 350,000 indirect jobs. The business is an integrated group, characterized by the diversity and synergies of its distribution methods: Remote sales (by correspondence, telephone, Internet), in-store sales (over 6,000 points of sale across the world — brands combined) and direct sales.