Diversified Search Recruits Herbalife Chief Health and Nutrition Officer
PHILADELPHIA, February 10, 2016 — Diversified Search (Diversified), one of the nation’s top ten executive search firms, has announced the recruitment of Dr. John Agwunobi as Chief Health and Nutrition Officer for the global nutrition company Herbalife, (NYSE: HLF). Dr. Agwunobi brings an accomplished background and a wealth of experience to Herbalife as a physician, a public health official and a global executive. The search was led by Diversified Search Managing Directors John Mestepey and Lorena Keough.
In his new role, Dr. Agwunobi is responsible for the company’s nutrition philosophy; nutrition and product education; leading the Herbalife Nutrition Institute; the Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board and the Herbalife Dietetic Advisory Board. Dr. Agwunobi will work with Herbalife’s 34 Ph.D.s and 250 staff scientists to integrate nutrition science and member training into its product development process.
According to Diversified’s Mestepey, “Our client wanted to focus on someone with strong credentials in public health and human nutrition, which could have been a physician or a scientist. In the end, Herbalife decided on an impressively credentialed physician with both a government and corporate background. We are often called upon to handle complex searches requiring a broad array of candidates, and are pleased to have successfully completed this placement.”
Dr. Agwunobi served as the Assistant Secretary of Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2005-2007. During his term, he was responsible for disease prevention and health promotion. He oversaw the Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the office of the U.S. Surgeon General, and numerous other public health offices and programs.
In the private sector, Dr. Agwunobi served as Senior Vice President and President of Health and Wellness for Walmart in the United States where he helped grow annual revenue from around 25 billion to 30 billion. He also provided insight and advice on health reform positions, public health advocacy, health nutrition, employee wellness and emergency response.
Dr. Agwunobi has a broad educational background that includes a master’s in public health from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s in business administration from Georgetown University. He completed his pediatric residency at Howard University and is currently a licensed physician in Florida, Maryland and Washington D.C. He serves on numerous boards including the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF), Shopko, Magellan Health Services, Smart Rx Systems Inc. and Oration Health.
About Diversified Search
With more than 40 years in executive search, Diversified is the largest US woman-founded and owned firm in the industry. Diversified is recognized for delivering high quality corporate Board and senior-level executive searches across all industry sectors nationally and internationally. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Diversified Search also has US offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., and worldwide in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and the Americas. Diversified is the exclusive U.S. partner of AltoPartners, the international alliance of independent search firms with offices in over 30 countries worldwide. For more information, go to http://www.diversifiedsearch.com
Stephen S. Morreale